The Mental Meltdown Metal

the-mental-meltdown-metal_300If you want to hold on to your memory and mental faculties as you age, you need to avoid a metallic pollutant that is all around us. And experts warn that it may be in your multivitamin.

Scientists are beginning to sound the alarm about copper. They warn that it could be a primary environmental factor that triggers the onset and accelerates the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

The problem: Copper prevents the brain from cleaning out toxic proteins. As these proteins gather, the brain suffers.

“It is clear that, over time, copper’s cumulative effect is to impair the systems by which amyloid beta is removed from the brain,” says researcher Rashid Deane. “This impairment is one of the key factors that cause the protein to accumulate in the brain and form the plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.”

A report by prevention.com offers tips on how to limit your copper exposure. According to Neal D. Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and adjunct associate professor of medicine at George Washington School of Medicine, you should:

  • Check the label on your multivitamin supplements to make sure they don’t contain copper.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The copper in these vegetarian foods is less toxic to the body.
  • Limit your red meat consumption. The copper in red meat is too easily absorbed by the body.
  • Drink filtered water. Most homes have copper pipes that can leach problematic amounts of copper into tap water.

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Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.