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Research Suggests Simple Behavior Changes Can Ward Off Alzheimer's

Wednesday, 21 September 2005 12:00 AM

Exciting news in the battle against Alzheimer's disease appears in the current issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Animal studies strongly suggest that simple changes in diet and behavior – namely, drinking tea and exercising daily - can slow or even halt the onset of the memory-robbing brain disease.

At the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. Scientists found that older mice running on an exercise wheel every day developed more new brain cells and had much more functional memories than sedentary mice.

And the changes were evident after only one month of exercise.

These results suggest that elderly humans can reverse age-related brain cell loss with regular exercise and mental activity, say researchers.

" And you don't have to run on a treadmill," added David Snowdon, a specialist at the University of Kentucky. "Find something you enjoy and just do it."

The other positive Alzheimer's research involves a protective nutrient in green tea called epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCG) – and it certainly gives a boost to green tea's already excellent reputation.

When EGCG-extract was injected into Alzheimer's-prone mice, U. Florida scientists found that it reduced the formation of beta-amyloid - the protein that clogs the brain cells of Alzheimer's patients - by up to 54%!

Dr. Jun Tan of the University of South Florida, the lead researcher, said work is underway to develop a special form of green tea with extra-high levels of ECGC.

Studies will also test an oral form of the extract on mice. If that is successful, the researchers try the extract on Alzheimer's Disease patients.

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