The truth is that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and of the related condition of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), are very different to an occasional bout of forgetfulness. Unlike people with normal lapses in memory, those with Alzheimer’s simply can’t retain information, even when prompted. Their memory issues can’t be reversed by a change of medication, more sleep or other treatment. Instead, their memory progressively worsens and the condition starts to affect other cognitive functions, such as language and reasoning.
MCI, meanwhile, impacts memory but doesn’t involve the significant loss of other cognitive functions. For example, a person with MCI might forget names, conversations and appointments but can typically continue their basic day-to-day tasks unaided. Although MCI shouldn’t be confused with Alzheimer’s, people who have MCI have a higher risk of later developing the disease or another form of dementia.
Research shows that you can keep your mind sharp and slow cognitive decline, including memory loss, by maintaining an active lifestyle and consuming the right nutrients.
“A Mediterranean diet, for someone who has a Mediterranean diet from early adult life onwards, has been associated with a decrease of overall dementia,” Associate Professor David Darby, a behavioural neurologist at Melbourne Cognitive Services, says by way of an example.
For people who have been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer’s or MCI, a medical nutrition drink called Souvenaid®, which Associate Professor Darby describes as “effectively a concentrate of a Mediterranean diet” in a bottle, has been proven to help delay the progression of the conditions’ symptoms.
That’s because Souvenaid® delivers key nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, uridine monophosphate, choline and B-vitamins, which are typically lacking in people with Alzheimer’s, at the right levels. These nutrients are essential in maintaining nerve cell junctions called synapses that help deliver electrical and chemical messages to different parts of the brain.
Getting sufficient amounts of these nutrients through diet alone would be near-impossible, making the once-daily consumption of Souvenaid® a far easier way for people with Alzheimer’s to support their brain health.
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To learn more about how to support good brain health, as well as how Souvenaid® may be able to help you or a loved one diagnosed with mild/early Alzheimer’s disease, download your free, 20-page e-guide today. Alternatively purchase Souvenaid® online or from your local pharmacy.
Souvenaid® is a Food for Special Medical Purposes for the dietary management of the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and must be used under medical supervision. Consult with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.