October 25, 2012 – SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Alzheimer’s disease is among the greatest health-care crisis of the twenty-first century. In the US alone, there are approximately 5.4 million people with the disease. One in ten Americans over the age of sixty-five suffers from Alzheimer’s – the sixth leading cause of death in this country. While there is no known cure yet, scientific studies have proven that certain foods can be effective frontline weapons in the battle against dementia – actually lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and associated cognitive decline. Even those with a genetic predisposition can delay the onset of symptoms by adopting preventative strategies in their thirties through sixties.
As a practicing media doctor and the director of research at one of the most prominent Alzheimer’s disease research institutions, Dr. Marwan Sabbagh has spent decades studying Alzheimer’s disease. He has teamed up with Chef Beau MacMillan, executive chef of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain to create The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: Recipes to Boost Brain Health.
“As a lead investigator for Alzheimer’s, I lecture all around the world. I am often asked what I am actively doing to boost my own brain health and that of my family. Eating specific foods is a delicious medicine with proven and sustained benefits. We all need to look at what we are eating now, consider what’s missing, and stock up on essential ingredients. I want to arm people with the knowledge to make the right food choices for brain health.”
This full-color cookbook and health guide provides a dietary plan that empowers readers to think and cook in a way that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia and memory loss. Featuring an overview of brain science and the latest evidence-based research, the book shares more than 100 brain-boosting recipes rich in B-complex vitamins, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories and omega-3s. Much of the dietary plan depends on everyday fruits, vegetables, spices and proteins such as pomegranates, leafy greens, cinnamon, turmeric, fatty fish and chicken. The healthiest and most delicious dietary tricks from around the world are captured in simple-to-prepare recipes that bring disease-prevention science right to the table.
Did you know that eating just three fish meals a week can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 40 to 60 percent, or that a single teaspoon of cinnamon provides more than the recommended dose of antioxidants – those free radical agents that directly combat the effects of aging? What about the fact that India has the lowest incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, which scientists attribute to their culinary fondness for the spice turmeric. And if you knew that half a teaspoon of cloves contains double the antioxidants needed in a day, perhaps chocolate chips cookies would take a back seat to the often-overlooked ginger snap. Thanks to the magical talents of Chef MacMillian, the recipes in The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook transform these and other protective ingredients into culinary friends as trusted as salt and pepper. So whether you are taking care of an aging parent, a houseful of children or yourself, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook dishes up delicious, simple ways to feed your brain today while savoring long lasting memories. Treat your brain right while it’s still healthy, and you’ll extend the life of your mind and body for years to come.
About Dr. Marwan Sabbagh: Dr. Sabbagh is a geriatric neurologist and dementia specialist. His is the research medical director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Arizona, one of the world’s most prominent Alzheimer’s disease research institutions, and he serves on the board of directors for the Desert Southwest chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Beau MacMillian is executive chef at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain. He appeared on the 2011 season of The Next Iron Chef. He lives in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: Recipes to Boost Brain Health is available nationwide and on Amazon.com (ISBN: 978-1-60774-247-0 $30 hardcover, ebook ISBN: 978-1-60774-248-7)
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