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Jun 16

Detecting Alzheimer’s With Peanut Butter

alzheimerPeanut butter can now be used to check whether someone is experiencing the early stages of the disease of senile or not. A group of researchers from the McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, the University of Florida, the United States found, if a spoonful of peanut butter was placed on the top ruler and placed in front of the patient’s sense of smell, they can measure and identify the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s, through the ability of the patient’s sense of smell. This ability relates to the first cranial nerve. If this ability is hampered, it was one of the first sign of a decline in cognitive function.

Peanut butter is a great option that fit this research because in addition to cheap and easily obtainable, peanut butter has an odor that is pure, so that is detected by the olfactory nerves.

In the experiment the research, patients were asked to close their eyes and close one nostril, while still breathing normally. A doctor or researcher then starts putting peanut butter in front of the patient’s nose, then lifted by the approaching slowly, one centimeter by one centimeter, until the patient is able to detect odors. The distance is recorded and repeated with the other nostril using the pause after 90 seconds.

The results showed, in patients with Alzheimer’s, the left hole is damaged and unable to detect the scent of peanut butter, up to a distance of 10 centimeters from the nose.

The bean itself actually has substance that is beneficial to the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Red beans, for example, contain thiamine or vitamin B1 in the reaction of enzymes in the center of the production of energy and brain cells.

Vitamin B1 is required for the synthesis of Acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter for memory. Vitamin B deficiency becomes significant factors in mental function and Alzheimer’s disease. Consuming a cup of red beans contributed approximately 18.7% of the daily needs of the body against vitamin B1.