FOLIC ACID AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.txt
FOLIC ACID AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Alzheimer's disease means that a person loses his ability to reason
and think and eventually dies of not being able to use his mind.
Dr. David Snowden has published continuing results from his famous
Kentucky Nuns Study showing that the nuns who were most likely to
suffer Alzheimer's disease have low blood levels of the vitamin
folic acid and high levels of the protein building block
He reported previously that the nuns who were most likely to suffer
Alzheimer's disease had ministrokes. This extraordinarily well done
study shows that not eating enough leafy greens can deprive you of
the vitamin folic acid, which raises brain levels of homocysteine,
that punches holes in arteries and causes plaques to form in them to
cause ministrokes, which damage your brain so you can't recognize
your loved ones.
In 1942, the US Government passed a law requiring all flour products
that cross state lines to have three vitamins, thiamine, niacin and
riboflavin added back in. In 1994, the government required folic
acid to be added back in. In the 1960s, Kilmer McCully was fired by
Harvard Medical School because he had the nerve to state that lack
of vitamin B12 and folic acid causes heart attacks and strokes. He
was forced to leave the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital
for a small hospital in Rhode Island because he preached what other
doctors called quackery. Today, his theories are solid and the quack
is now a respected prophet.
Methionine is an essential protein building block that your body
uses to make another nonessential building block called cysteine.
If you lack any of the three vitamins: B12, folic acid or
pyridoxine, methionine is converted to a poison called homocysteine
that damages arteries and causes strokes and heart attacks. Eating a
diet that is rich in meat and low in leafy green vegetables and
whole grains can cause Alzheimer's disease. Meat is one of the
richest sources of methionine and leafy greens and whole grains are
full of folic acid that prevents methionine from being converted to
homocysteine. Loading up on methionine from meat and not eating
folic acid converts methionine to homocysteine that causes
Reducing your intake of meat and chicken lowers your intake of
methionine. Folic acid is found everywhere in nature that you get
carbohydrates, because folic acid helps your body convert
carbohydrates to energy. You help to prevent Alzheimer's disease by
getting folic acid from all whole grains and fortified cereals,
leafy green vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, and most plants and
reducing your intake of methionine by eating less meat and chicken.
If homocysteine remains above 100, take folic acid, pyridoxine and
B12 (readily available in combination pills such as Foltex or