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People 'should preserve brain long before memory problems set in'

People 'should preserve brain long before memory problems set in'
24th October 2008

People have been advised to take measures to protect their mental wellbeing long before they experience any memory problems.

Alzheimer's disease expert Marwan Sabbagh said people who are part of the so-called baby boomer generation should be taking steps now to minimise the risk of conditions like Alzheimer's, reports Medical News Today.

He suggested that a variety of nutrients such as gingko biloba, turmeric root and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA can play their part in fending off memory problems associated with ageing.

According to the news provider, the scientist said: "There are many things like heredity that are outside our control, but there are also concrete steps we can take to maintain optimal brain health."

While a modest decline in mental function is to be expected as part of the ageing process, he argued, this can be made worse by dietary choices and other factors such as stress.

A report just released in the US has suggested individuals can dramatically reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease by making lifestyle changes.

Diet, toxic chemical exposure and lack of exercise may be key factors in the development of both conditions, according to the Environmental Threats to Healthy Ageing report.

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