Good Diet Can Fight Against Alzheimer-Related Genes

About 5 million Americans are affected by the Alzheimer’s Disease. Scientists believe that five molecules cause or affect this condition. The potency of the molecules depends upon the environmental factors like lifestyle and diet. Prof. Daniel Michaelson, Department of Neurobiology, Tel Aviv University, has shed some light on one of these molecules- APOE which is created by apolipoprotein E. Gene.

APOE are divided into two forms- “good” gene and “bad” gene. Prof. Michaelson investigated the effect of environment and diet on the carriers of “bad” genes on animal models. The presence of this gene might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. About 50% of Alzheimer’s patients have the “bad” genes and 15% of the general population is at the risk of developing the condition because of the presence of the genes. However, the good news is that a diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and low in cholesterol can greatly reduce the adverse effects of the “bad” genes in mouse models. The study says that a good diet can alleviate the negative effects of the Alzheimer-related genes.

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