Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder correlated with major reductions of neurons to the respective target areas, named after German physician Alois Alzheimer. Alzheimer's destroys brain cells, causing cognitive modalities severe enough to affect language communication, memory, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer's gets worse over time, and it is fatal.
According to statistic, over 25 million people in the world today are affected by dementia and most are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It may be a result of
cigarette smoking, midlife high blood pressure and obesity, diabetes,
and cerebrovascular lesions and psychosocial factors (eg, high
education, active social engagement, physical exercise, and mentally
stimulating activity)(1) Strong evidences
emerged in epidemiological studies suggested that certain foods(2) may
have potential in reduced risk and treatments of Alzheimer's disease.
Cruciferous vegetables are the group of vegetables belonging to the
family Brassicaceae, including cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy,
Epidemiological studies has demonstrated reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease in cruciferous
consumption. The study of 2148 community-based elderly subjects (aged
> or = 65 years) without dementia in New York, after 3.9 years, 253
subjects developed AD during a follow-up. Dietary pattern (DP) analysis
of food combination indicated that higher intakes of salad dressing,
nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, cruciferous vegetables, fruits, and dark and green leafy vegetables and a lower intake of high-fat dairy products, red meat, organ meat, and butter are associated to reduced risk of AD.(1).
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(1) Food combination and Alzheimer disease risk: a protective diet by Gu Y1, Nieves JW, Stern Y, Luchsinger JA, Scarmeas N.(PubMed)