Failing sense of smell might be Alzheimer’s warning

Is there anything more terrifying than when those first little memory slips start showing up?

I’m talking about embarrassing “senior moments,” when you can’t remember where you parked your car… or when you pick up the phone but forget who you wanted to call.

Have enough of those memory slips and you’ll start to wonder whether it’s just a normal part of ageing — or whether you’re beginning that long slide into dementia or even Alzheimer’s.

Well, if you’re serious about preventing Alzheimer’s — or at least catching it early — US researchers from Minnesota have a new test you can take right now.

A new study from the Mayo Clinic found that testing your sense of smell may be a reliable early predictor of Alzheimer’s disease.

For their research, scientists tracked 1,400 elderly patients with an average age of 79 years old. At the beginning of the study, the participants were tested to see how well they could detect certain fragrances like cinnamon, chocolate, paint thinner and even petrol.

The participants who had the worse senses of smell were a whopping 2.2 times as likely to develop memory problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The researchers think a simple smell test could be a warning sign that you’re beginning to develop neurological problems.

Now what if you’re one of those people with sinus or respiratory problems and have had a terrible sense of smell your whole life? Should you worry?

Hardly. The people who should really be concerned are those who have noticed a real loss of smell over the years — those who can no longer sense the smell of bacon in the morning or biscuits coming out of the oven.

And remember, even if you’re starting to develop memory problems or are at a higher risk for dementia or Alzheimer’s, there’s plenty you can do.

Antioxidants like glutathione help your body remove toxins from your brain, and supplements like ginkgo can keep your memory sharp.

You can pick them both up pretty inexpensively at most alternative health food stores.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer’s Warning, nlm.nih.gov

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