Alzheimer’s patients often have an inadequate supply of certain micronutrients. Such a nutrient deficiency is associated with an increased risk for the development of Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) and/or can accelerate the course of the disease.

Epidemiological studies report potential neuronal protective effects of various micronutrients, such as the B vitamin complex, antioxidants, vitamin D and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These nutrients are associated with neuronal plasticity stimulation and reduction of neurodegenerative processes; they also demonstrate the ability to reduce pathological stress on the brain.

The overview

With regard to brain health, a large number of micronutrients play an important role. In this overview, the essentials are named and briefly explained. Individual micronutrients and groups of micronutrients are discussed in detail below.

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Antioxidants

Oxidative stress plays a central role in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Neurons are particularly susceptible to oxidative damage, so antioxidants are very important for brain health. Two key antioxidants are vitamin C and vitamin E.

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Selenium

Selenium is a vital trace element that occurs too much in some regions of the earth and too little in others. In Germany there is rather a selenium deficiency. Brazil nuts, walnuts, chicken meat, eggs and avocados are rich in selenium.

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B-Vitamins

Various vitamins from the group of B vitamins have a number of important meanings in the central nervous system. A deficiency in different B-vitamins correlates with various neurological problems and in the different forms of dementia, usually lowered values of one or more B-vitamins are observed. Fish, seafood, dried mushrooms, yeast products, nuts, soybeans, spirullin, animal offal and wheat germ contain good amounts of vitamin B

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Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, especially those from high-fat fish, seem to have many positive protective effects on our brain health.

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