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Meditation may help Alzheimer Disease
|by Dr. Anil Rajvanshi|
Dementia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are diseases of the brain (DOB). They basically degenerate the nerves, attack central nervous system, make people forgetful and ultimately make them loose their memory completely so that they cannot recognize even their near and dear ones. DOB are generally old age diseases which mostly happen after the age of 60-65 though in some cases they can start as early as 40-45. Thus the old derogatory Hindi saying “sathiya gaya hai”, meaning after 60 years he has become senile, is normally used when calling somebody a dim wit! As we age the chances of getting DOB increase.
Another theory states that plaque form ation in brain takes place because of reduced number of cerebral capillaries. These brain capillaries, which are very large in numbers, supply important nutrients, oxygen and hence energy to different parts of the brain for its proper functioning. With age and less usage the capillaries become hardened, less pliable and hence less amount of nutrients flow through them. Thus their effective numbers decrease. Nevertheless the research does not show how reduced number of capillaries can increase plaque formation.
As we use our brain it needs energy to function and that is provided by the flow of nutrients and oxygen in the cerebral capillaries. Larger number of capillaries means increased nutrient flow to the neurons which helps them to communicate efficiently. The more deeply we think and use our brain the more flow of nutrients takes place and this helps in increasing the effective number of capillaries and keeping them in functional and in nimble shape. At the same time the micro current production in them keeps the plaque formation at bay.
1. Charles T. Ambrose, “Alzheimer’s Disease : The Great Morbidity of the 21st Century”, American Scientist, Vol. 101, No. 3, May-June 2013, pg. 194-201.
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