82-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Gets Her Memory Back After Changing Her Diet

After implementing healthy changes into her diet, an 82-year-old woman who suffered from dementia, who couldn’t recognize her own son, has miraculously restored her memory.

Sylvia lost her memory and part of her mind, so as her condition became severe, she had to be kept in the hospital, and her son, Mark Hatzer, tried to cope with the sad reality that he would lose his parent.

However, the condition of his mother was drastically improved as soon as she started consuming high amounts of walnuts and blueberries, and nowadays, her recipes are popular among Alzheimer’s patients.

She started consuming more healthy foods, like spinach, oats, sweet potatoes, broccoli, kale, sunflower seeds, green tea, and dark chocolate, all of which were part of the diet she and her son comprised after they found that dementia cases were much lower in Mediterranean countries.

Mirror.co.uk reported their story:

“Mark, whose brother Brent also died in 1977, said: “When my mum was in hospital she thought it was a hotel – but the worst one she had ever been in. She didn’t recognize me and phoned the police as she thought she’d been kidnapped.

Since my dad and brother died we have always been a very close little family unit, just me and my mum, so for her to not know who I was- was devastating.

We were a double act that went everywhere together. I despaired and never felt so alone as I had no other family to turn to. Overnight we went from a happy family to one in crisis.

When she left the hospital, instead of prescribed medication we thought we’d perhaps try an alternative treatment. In certain countries, Alzheimer’s is virtually unheard of because of their diet. Everyone knows about fish but there is also blueberries, strawberries, Brazil nuts, and walnuts – these are apparently shaped like a brain to give us a sign that they are good for the brain.”

They also practiced cognitive exercises, like puzzles and crosswords. Mark remembered:

“It wasn’t an overnight miracle, but after a couple of months she began remembering things like birthdays and was becoming her old self again, more alert, more engaged..

People think that once you get a diagnosis your life is at an end. You will have good and bad days, but it doesn’t have to be the end. For an 82-year-old she does very well, she looks 10 years younger and if you met her you would not know she had gone through all of this.

She had to have help with all sorts of things, now she is turning it around. We are living to the older age in this country, but we are not necessarily living healthier.”

Their story confirms the fact that in a proper environment, our body can be extremely resilient.

Additionally, the more we become aware of the real causes of neurodegenerative brain disorders, the more powerful we become in the fight against them.

Researchers have found that Alzheimer’s is closely linked to aluminum, and in the article titled Strong evidence linking Aluminum to Alzheimer’s, Exley claims:

“We already know that the aluminum content of brain tissue in late-onset or sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is significantly higher than is found in age-matched controls. So, individuals who develop Alzheimer’s disease in their late sixties and older also accumulate more aluminum in their brain tissue than individuals of the same age without the disease.

Even higher levels of aluminum have been found in the brains of individuals, diagnosed with an early-onset form of sporadic (usually late onset) Alzheimer’s disease, who have experienced an unusually high exposure to aluminum through the environment (e.g. Camelford) or through their workplace. This means that Alzheimer’s disease has a much earlier age of onset, for example, the fifties or early sixties, in individuals who have been exposed to unusually high levels of aluminum in their everyday lives.”

He also adds:

“We now show that some of the highest levels of aluminum ever measured in human brain tissue are found in individuals who have died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.

The levels of aluminum in brain tissue from individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease are similar to those recorded in individuals who died of an aluminum-induced encephalopathy while undergoing renal dialysis. Familial Alzheimer’s disease is an early-onset form of the disease with first symptoms occurring as early as 30 or 40 years of age.

It is extremely rare, perhaps 2-3% of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Its bases are genetic mutations associated with a protein called amyloid-beta, a protein which has been heavily linked with the cause of all forms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease produce more amyloid beta and the onset of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much earlier in life.”

Yet, researchers have also found that one can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and slow down or even reverse the process, through a combination of simple but effective lifestyle changes.

Here is how to support the function of the brain and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s:

Healthy diet

In the case of Alzheimer’s, the neurons are damaged due to inflammation and insulin resistance, which inhibit communication between brain cells. To fight this inflammation and improve the function of the brain, start eating healthy. 

Avoid sugary foods, refined carbs, packaged goods which are full of hidden sugar, and enjoy a Mediterranean diet, which drastically lowers the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. This diet is high in fish and olive oil, beans, whole grains, and vegetables.

Social engagement

To prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life, you need to stay socially engaged. You should regularly connect face-to-face with people you love and love you back, and avoid being isolated. Join some club or senior center,  go out more often, take classes, hit the gym, go for a walk, volunteer, visit your family, friends, and neighbors, etc.

Mental stimulation

As Mark and his mother did, try mental training exercises as a way to stimulate the brain and practice memorization. Learn something new, and try riddles, puzzles, strategy and memory games.

Regular exercise

Regular exercise will help you lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 50 percent. Moreover, it will decelerate the additional deterioration in patients with cognitive problems, by stimulating the brain’s ability to maintain old connections and also make new ones.

Try to do at least 2-3 hours of moderate intensity exercise weekly, which would be a combination of cardio exercise and strength training.

Lower stress

Chronic stress shrinks the important memory area in the brain, hampers the growth of nerve cells, and elevates the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Try proven stress management techniques like breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, walking in nature, prayer, or whatever soothes your mind and body.

Sleep

Make sure you get the needed sleep every night, as numerous Alzheimer’s patients suffer from insomnia and other sleep problems. Researchers speculate that disrupted sleep might be a possible risk factor, despite being a symptom of the disease.

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