Antioxidant may disrupt Alzheimer’s disease process

Not a new headline, as far as antioxidant aiding Alzheimer’s progression. I haven’t favored many studies investigating the role of metal chelators in the disease etiology, not because I don’t think they’re great areas of research to iron out, but because it seems rather accessory, or tertiary to the prevention of the disease in the first place. It will only lead to solutions that help manage it, like a chronic condition after it’s diagnosed… there’s far more interesting research that speak to prevention of AD.

 

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the sixth leading cause of death among Americans, affecting nearly 1 in 8 people over the age of 65. There is currently no treatment that alters the course of this disease. However, an increasing amount of evidence suggests that changes in the way the body handles iron and other metals like copper and zinc may start years before the onset of AD symptoms. A new study shows that reducing iron levels in blood plasma may protect the brain from changes related to AD.

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