Genes & Nutrition

, 9:382

Nutritional contributions to dementia prevention: main issues on antioxidant micronutrients

Review

DOI: 10.1007/s12263-013-0382-2

Cite this article as:
Polidori, M.C. & Schulz, R. Genes Nutr (2014) 9: 382. doi:10.1007/s12263-013-0382-2
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  1. Topical Collection on Ageing

Abstract

There is an impressing body of evidence supporting the beneficial role of balanced nutrition in lowering the risk of dementia and its commonest form, Alzheimer’s disease. Nevertheless, and despite worldwide dementia epidemic, there is much unfounded skepticism and lack of information among physicians. As a result, the diagnosis of cognitive impairment occurs still far too late, at best symptomatic drugs keep being prescribed and patients and caregivers are left with little concrete support in the hands of the natural history of the disease. This review summarizes knowledge about the impact of nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle and of micronutrients in particular on delaying and avoiding dementia onset.

Keywords

NutritionClinical trialAntioxidantOxidative stressAlzheimer’s diseaseMild cognitive impairment

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geriatric Medicine and ResearchSt. Marien-Hospital and University of CologneCologneGermany