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Vitamin D and Healthy Diet: A Potential Shield Against Alzheimer's

Vitamin D plays a vital role in reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A healthy lifestyle, including diet rich in certain nutrients, can also delay or prevent these conditions.

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María Alejandra Trujillo
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Vitamin D and Healthy Diet: A Potential Shield Against Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease, one of the leading causes of dementia, is a neurodegenerative condition that afflicts thousands of people in Colombia and across the globe, even leading to death. Genetic factors and family history play significant roles in the development of this disease, and early medical screenings can help detect it. The disease is characterized by brain changes, such as the accumulation of amyloid and tau proteins, leading to brain neuron death and a reduction in brain size.

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Role of Vitamin D in Brain Health

Vitamin D is a fundamental nutrient for body health and has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia, including the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Studies have demonstrated that Vitamin D plays a role in eliminating amyloid in the brain—one of Alzheimer's disease's hallmarks—and can protect the brain against tau accumulation, another protein implicated in dementia development.

Healthy Diet: A Way to Ward Off Alzheimer's

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A healthy diet is crucial in reducing Alzheimer's and dementia risk. An eating regimen rich in leafy green vegetables, whole grains, fish, and poultry has been shown to lessen the chances of cognitive decline and the risk of Alzheimer's. However, it's essential to get a health professional's approval before consuming Vitamin D supplements.

Altering Lifestyle Factors: A Step Towards Preventing Dementia

A report from the Lancet journal suggests that certain lifestyle factors, including diet, could delay or prevent dementia. Conversely, food items with excessive starch and ultra-processed meats containing nitrates and nitrites boost neurodegenerative disease risk.

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