Dr Oz: Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?
Dr Oz invited a controversial guest on his show who said that we all have the power to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. His claim is that diet can trump genetics. Decades of research have pointed to genes as the cause of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. But in his book Grain Brain, Dr David Perlmutter explained how he connected carbohydrates to the risk of Alzheimer’s, and his advice is to drop all carbs from your diet, even healthy grains.
It’s no surprise that this advice has been met with skepticism. But Perlmutter goes on to say that you can prevent damage already done to the brain. Dr Oz said that Dr Perlmutter, a neurologist, “gets incredible results."
Dr Oz: How Carbs Affect Brain Health
Dr Oz wondered what has changed that makes carbs more dangerous. Perlmutter said they make up much more of our diets than ever before. Sometimes they have even been linked to Diabetes and some Cancers.
“The foods we consume have a role to play in brain health," Perlmutter said. The brain may be more sensitive to foods than any other body part, according to his research.
For decades, we have all been taught to avoid fats in our diets. But that’s the opposite of Dr Perlmutter’s advice; he thinks we all need more fats in our diets, which does not mean everyone should be overweight.
Grain Brain: Blood Sugar Alzheimer’s Connection
Doctor Oz showed a normal brain next to a brain that had Alzheimer’s Disease. With Alzheimer’s, brain tissue can shrivel and disappear. Perlmutter said he thinks this is all reversible. “This is a dietary choice," he said.
Alzheimer’s is exploding at a rapid rate in America, which is why Perlmutter wants to get the message out. Dr Oz explained that eating any carbs (including whole grains and fruits) can raise blood sugar and lead to inflammation.
Excess blood sugar can cause brain cells to shrivel and die, according to Perlmutter’s argument. Memory loss is a common symptom, and you might not be able to recall names, dates, or other manifestations of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Dr Oz: What Not To Eat for Brain Health
Perlmutter and Oz may disagree, because Oz has been recommending fruits on his show for years. “When your belly is big, your brain shrinks," Perlmutter said. Candy bars may have less blood sugar impact than whole grain bread.
Vegetables that grow below the ground store sugar and starch, which is why Perlmutter does not recommend eating them. “A little bit of fruit is OK," he said. “We want to limit carbohydrates."
Other carb options Perlmutter stands behind are Spinach, Blueberries, and long grain or whole grain white rice. This type of restricted diet can have a positive impact on patients with Depression and Insomnia.
Foods that grow above the ground are a better bet for adding to your diet if you are attempting to follow Perlmutter’s plan.
Dr Oz: What To Eat on Grain Brain Diet
There are a lot of things that you can eat. A lot of fats are on his list, including:
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Lean Meats
Perlmutter insisted that butter is a heart-healthy fat that the body needs. Replacing fats with carbs could cause a lot of damage, he said. Brain improvements can happen quickly due to brain plasticity.
Struggling students have seen results in just weeks, according to some research. Though this goes against conventional medical wisdom, Dr Oz said that even heart specialists are beginning to agree that Inflammation and inflammatory foods can be devastating, causing an array of unwanted disease.