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Healthy Life: Shake for Alzheimer's Disease

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BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and become progressively worse, eventually interfering with daily tasks. Some warning signs of Alzheimer's include memory loss affecting daily life, problems planning or problem solving, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationship and misplacing things. Most people with Alzheimer's are 65 years or older, but it is not a normal part of aging. Currently, there is no treatment for Alzheimer's but there are drugs to decrease the symptoms and increase the quality of life. (SOURCE: Alzheimer's Association)
AXONA: Axona provides the brain with an energy source it doesn't normally get form a regular diet. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the brain, and Alzheimer's patients show a decline in the ability to metabolize glucose in the brain. Without sufficient glucose the brain will be damaged causing impaired memory and cognition and even brain shrinkage. Axona is a powder that is usually mixed with a high protein drink, and is turned into ketone bodies by the liver. Ketone bodies provide a great alternative energy source for brain cells. Ketone bodies are naturally occurring in foods, coming from fatty acids. Clinical trials have shown that Axona improves cognitive function in some Alzheimer's patients. Axona is mixed in a drink once a day and should be drank after a meal. It can be taken with Alzheimer's medicine. Axona is prescribed by a doctor. (SOURCE: Accera)
ABOUT MEDICAL FOODS: A medical food is intended for the clinical dietary management of a disease or condition that requires special nutritional needs. Medical foods are to be used under supervision of a physician. Medical foods must have GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) ingredients. They must comply with FDA regulations regarding labeling, product claims and manufacturing. (SOURCE: Axona)

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