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A new scientific review published in the Open Biology journal examines the role of antioxidants and a nutrient-rich diet in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Authored by researchers from the University of Western Australia, the paper describes how evidence is accumulating that, through taking advantage of their synergistic effects, combinations of antioxidants may be effective not only in preventing Alzheimer’s disease but also in reversing it. Advising combining antioxidant supplements with a nutrient-rich diet, the researchers say such an approach may also be effective against other neurodegenerative diseases.
World Health Organization statistics suggest that around 50 million people worldwide have dementia. Nearly 10 million new cases occur every year. Characterized by the existence of intracellular and extracellular amyloid deposits in the brain, Alzheimer’s is the most common form of the condition and is believed to contribute to between 60 and 70 percent of cases. By 2050 the total number of patients with dementia is projected to more than triple, reaching 152 million. With its total global societal cost already estimated to be $818 billion, the need to find effective means of preventing and treating dementia has never been more urgent.
Antioxidants and Alzheimer’s
Antioxidants examined in this Western