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Scots dementia experts hail ‘exciting’ Alzheimer study

FOODS that stimulate “good bacteria” in the gut, including oats, berries, bananas, garlic, leeks and onions, could play a role in helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a major study suggests.

By | Caroline Wilson |

Scottish dementia experts have described as “exciting” new research which has shown for the first time there is a “indisputable” link between an imbalance in gut bacteria and the development of damaging amyloid plaques in the brain.

They found that proteins produced by certain intestinal bacteria, identified in the blood of patients, could modify the interaction between the immune and the nervous systems and trigger the disease.

It is already known that gut flora composition in patients with Alzheimer’s disease is altered, compared to people who do not suffer from such disorders. 

Their microbiota has a reduced diversity, with an over-representation of certain bacteria and a strong decrease in other microbes.

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Italian and Swiss scientists studied a cohort of older people between 65 and 85 years of age. 

Some suffered from Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases causing similar memory problems, while others did not have any memory problems.

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