12 October 2012
Drink more water!
Drinking a litre of water a day could benefit Alzheimer’s sufferers by removing aluminium from their bodies and preventing cognitive decline.
Research found that drinking water rich in silicon significantly reduced the levels of neurotoxin aluminium in the body. Aluminium has been linked with Alzheimer’s but no scientific relationship has ever been proved.
The study looked at 15 suffered and their carers or partners, making 15 men and 15 women in total. Participants drank a litre of mineral water every day for 13 weeks and the results showed that the majority showed no further signs of cognitive decline. In fact, one participant saw the aluminium levels drop by 70% while three others showed an improvement in their mental health.
Professor Christopher Exley, of Keele University, who led the research, said, “There were two parts to our research. The first is that drinking silicon water does remove aluminium from the body. When you drink silicon-rich mineral water aluminium throughout the body is gathered up into the blood and then excreted through the urine. It seems to purge the aluminium from the body. We now know we can use this silicon-rich “therapy” water to reduce aluminium. The second part of our research was looking at the cognitive abilities of people with Alzheimer’s and whether these changed as the aluminium was reduced.”
Professor Exley went on to say, “The most interesting thing was that we did see this potential relationship between the removal of aluminium and the positive improvement in cognitive function. It is highly unlikely to see changes over such a short period of time so the fact we saw
changes in cognitive ability was quite a surprise. We saw improvement in some cases, cognitive function remained the same in others and it did decrease in others.”
The scientists have commented that, ” We want to carry out further research to see if we could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s who seem to be predisposed to it. They are usually aged between 40 and 60. If we could get people to include silicon-rich water in their diet in the future and reduce their risk, it would be a great.”