The number of Americans with Alzheimer disease is set to balloon in the near future. Triple the amount of current patients will face the debilitating effects of dementia if they do not protect themselves now. Doctors cannot yet offer a pharmaceutical solution, but you don’t have to sit a wait for Alzheimer’s to overtake you or hope for a miracle cure. The best answer is in prevention.

What can you do?

Pay attention to the research. A multitude of scientific studies have been published detailing the benefits of a relatively common spice called turmeric. It’s active ingredient is curcumin. Curcumin has key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is uniquely able to help the immune system dispose of plaques in the brain. A Japanese study showed  a direct correlation between symptom improvement and the ingesting of turmeric capsules for a year. Scientists are certain that any effective drug or treatment devised for Alzheimer’s will include curcumin.

Take preventative steps with dietary supplementation. There is no need to wait until the FDA approves a curcumin-based drug when you can start protecting yourself and your family with affordable turmeric and curcumin supplements. ‘You can also simply eat the spice. Do what you can to make the two supplements part of your regular diet or supplement regimen.

Eat well. Purchase colorful fruits and vegetables, especially blue and purple varieties. Scientists believe that those pigment colors may be a possible Alzheimer’s defense. Try eating blueberries often during the week. Incorporate supplements like citicoline, phosphatidylcholine and acetyl L-carnitine to help improve your memory. Also, rethink your current dietary choices. Get away from popular, processed foods; they take a toll on your brain and memory. A “Paleo” Diet or Doug Kaufmann’s “Phase One” Diet could better fuel you, and help quell the affects of gluten on your brain. Finally, eat at least 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil daily and exercise.