When French fries increase your risk for Alzheimer’s disease

December 21, 2010
Volume 07    |   Issue 51

Everyone knows French fries are terrible for your health. But not everyone knows that living in certain cities makes French fries even more dangerous. In fact, the deadly combination can make your risk of Alzheimer’s disease go up significantly.

I realize that the combination of French fries and where you live seems like an odd combination for Alzheimer’s risk. But it’s not when you realize that large cities, such as Los Angeles, Houston, or New York City, significantly increase your exposure to smog. And exposure to smog — as well as French fried potatoes — can increase your risk for getting Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases.

The issue is a group of chemicals called type-2 alkenes found in cigarette smoke, automobile exhaust, and French fries. These chemicals damage nerve endings in animals’ brains. And Alzheimer’s disease is due in part to the early loss of function of these nerve endings.

But that’s not all.

These toxic chemicals not only damage nerve endings from the outside. They are also generated inside nerve endings. So there’s both an internal and external production of these type-2 alkenes. This double whammy produces a powerful attack on your brain’s nerve endings.

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So what can you do to reduce your risk of neurological problems if you live in a smoggy city — and like to eat French fries? First, lower your exposure to type-2 alkenes by staying away from people who are smoking. Do your best to avoid driving during peak hours when traffic is heaviest. Don’t exercise outdoors on smoggy days. And don’t eat French fries very often.

You may also lower your risk by adding specific antioxidants to your diet that researchers believe may be an antidote to these toxic chemicals. These include curcumin, resveratrol, and phloretin (found in apple skins). You can get curcumin, along with other plant antioxidants, in Reduloxin a powerful formula from Advanced Bionutritionals. They also have a high-quality resveratrol. I take both.

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