Could the everyday things you use and eat be putting you on the fast track to Alzheimer’s?
I’m sure that you’ve heard the warnings about aluminum for years now… namely, how using aluminum pots and pans and wrapping and cooking foods in aluminum foil might be bad for your brain.
And for just as long, you’ve probably heard the other side of the story, too… how those warnings have never been proven true and how few experts believe that aluminum poses any danger.
You’d think you could rely on statements like that, since they’re coming from trusted organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association.
But now you can toss all those “don’t worry about aluminum” statements in the circular file.
Because the premier expert in the study of aluminum and the brain has finally confirmed that the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease is, in fact, “overwhelming and compelling.”
The aluminum tipping point
If you want to know about aluminum and how it can damage the brain, just ask Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University in the U.K.
“Mr. Aluminum,” as he’s often called, has been researching the metal for over 30 years and has published over 150 scientific papers about it.
So, when he says that his new research has undeniably confirmed that aluminum plays a role in “some, if not all” cases of Alzheimer’s, it’s time for those naysayers to listen up.
And it’s time for us to cut as much of this toxic metal as we can out of our daily lives. (I’ll give you some ways to do that in a minute.)
As I said, Exley has been studying aluminum and the brain for a long, long time. Back in 2014, he found the first “direct link” between high brain levels of aluminum and Alzheimer’s. At that time, he was studying brain tissue samples of a man who had been exposed to aluminum dust in his job for eight years.
The man died fairly young from very advanced Alzheimer’s – and his brain was found to contain huge amounts of aluminum.
But don’t think that you’re safe from aluminum, just because your job doesn’t involve breathing it in every day.
Because now, the professor has again confirmed the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s in a new study of over 100 human brains.
Published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, Exley’s team found that some of the highest levels of aluminum ever found in brain tissue came from the brains of people who had died of familial Alzheimer’s, a hereditary early-onset form of the disease.
That means when you’ve got a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s, as little as “normal everyday human exposure" to aluminum can take you over a certain tipping point and actually activate the disease.
Even if that were remotely possible (and it seems to be much more than that), wouldn’t you want to take each and every possible precaution in order to reduce the accumulation of aluminum in your brain tissue?
Given this chilling new evidence, here are some of the top ways you can do that, starting right now:
- Steer clear of drugs and cosmetic items that list aluminum compounds among their ingredients. For example, many OTC stomach remedies contain them, such as magnesium aluminum silicate in Pepto-Bismol and aluminum hydroxide in both Maalox and Gaviscon (though an aluminum-free version of the latter is available in Canada). As well, aluminum chlorohydrate is the active ingredient in antiperspirants.
- Check the list of ingredients listed on processed food labels for the presence of aluminum. You might be surprised to find some of the items that contain it – everything from battered fish filets to cake mixes to bakery items and frozen waffles.
- If you bake at home, make sure to buy a brand of baking powder that’s aluminum-free.
- Buy only stainless steel cookware, and stay away from pots and pans with aluminum cooking surfaces.
- Stop wrapping food – especially acidic dishes such as those with tomato sauce – in aluminum foil. And if the instructions on frozen food call for using it, try to “tent” the foil so as to avoid having it come into direct contact with the food.
“Aluminum DOES cause Alzheimer’s: Expert says new findings confirm the metal plays a role in the devastating brain disease” Professor Chris Exley, December 19, 2016, The Daily Mail, dailymail.co.uk