Your Brain On Walnuts – How to prevent Alzheimer’s Dementia

Dr. Michael Wald, The Blood Detective, comments on keep your mind...preventing Alzheimer's disease dementia.

Dr. Michael Wald, The Blood Detective, comments on keep your mind...preventing Alzheimer's disease dementia.

A review by Dr. Michael Wald - The Blood Detective 

What is dementia & how to avoid losing your mind…literally

Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia have significantly impaired intellectual functioning that interferes with normal activities and relationships – in other words, you become disabled. They also lose their ability to solve problems and maintain emotional control, and they may experience personality changes and behavioral problems, such as agitation, delusions, and hallucinations. While memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, memory loss by itself does not mean that a person has dementia. Doctors diagnose dementia only if two or more brain functions - such as memory and language skills -- are significantly impaired without loss of consciousness. There are no known medications to prevent dementia. However, dozens of studies have shown that nutrition, when used right, can significantly offset one’s risk of getting dementia in the first place, but doctors have virtually no training in nutrition so visit a doctor that is specifically qualified. People with moderate or advanced dementia typically need round-the-clock care and supervision to prevent them from harming themselves or others – so it is up to each and every one of us to take small steps almost every day to avoid getting dementia in the first place.  Below is my review of a recent study that reviewed thousands of studies that ultimately show that nutrition is the way to go!

Nutrition does reduce your risk of dementia…

This recent study was actually not a study at all but a comprehensive review of thousands of studies that examined the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids – you know, that stuff found in fish, walnuts and other common foods. The study included a thorough review of the medical literature from the National Library of Medicine database and other sources – but here is what you really need to know…

Lots of studies prove that you can keep your memory, intelligence and personality longer…

The report on walnuts and Alzheimer’s disease arose out of a request by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements and several NIH Institutes. Five thousand eight-hundred-sixty five articles were surveyed, but only sixty-two met the inclusion criteria of the researchers – meaning, they were conducted just right.

Fish brain…

Overwhelmingly, a higher dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids, that include foods as flax seeds, walnuts, sardines and salmon was determined to be associated with a statistically significant reduction for the risk of developing many diseases including Alzheimer’s dementia. One should not expect that eating just walnuts would reduce one’s risk of developing dementia.

 Dr. Wald’s advice…

A well-rounded food plan that includes a variety of foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids is best to insure a high intake of omega 3 fatty acids. In my clinical experience, almost no one consumes therapeutic levels of omega 3 fatty acids sufficient to reduce dementia risk. I advise all of my patients, and have for the last 25 years of my clinical practice, to consume omega 3 supplements in addition to a well-balanced diet. I use certain blood and assessment questionnaires that help individualize the level of omega 3 fatty acids needed for each person – as well as other complementary nutrients. For example, it has also been shown that higher intake of vitamin E in its natural form can help reduce the risk of developing dementia and may also help slow down its progression when it has occurred.


Read the abstract of the study here:

 About Dr. Michael Wald – The Blood Detective..

Dr. Michael Wald, nicknamed The Blood Detective, is the director of Longevity Services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods - Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective's Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: or by calling: 914-242-8844 (Ext. 1).