Early Alzheimer's Disease
Early Alzheimer's disease is a complex condition that starts to develop decades before symptoms appear. Early signs include memory problems and difficulties with complex tasks. These signs can be subtle, and people often mistaken it as a result of ageing.
In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, including Mild Cognitive Impairment – the stage before dementia is diagnosed, certain parts of the brain crucial for memory are affected. This causes the frequency and severity of memory lapses to become more obvious than with normal ageing.
Our brain communicates through a vast network of billions of nerve cells. These nerve cells connect with each other through connections called 'synapses'. Throughout our lives, we lose and regrow synapses. In a healthy brain, the number of new synapses generated balances the loss of older ones. In the case of cognitive decline, the rate at which these connections are damaged speeds up so that new ones formed can no longer make up for those lost. This is when the brain network starts to fail and symptoms such as memory loss appear.
Nutrients within food are important for keeping the brain tissue healthy. Specific key nutrients are important to help build synapses and include Omega 3 fatty acids, Uridine, Choline, B Vitamins, Antioxidants, Phospholipids.
Studies have shown that people with early Alzheimer's disease often have low levels of key nutrients, despite eating a normal diet. Increased intake of these nutrients is necessary because the pathways supporting synapse formation and function depend on them.