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Peanut butter found to be useful in diagnosing early Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found that peanut butter can actually be used to help in the diagnose of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. A small pilot study was carried out and was published where peanut butter was used to test for smell sensitivity.

Through the study, the sense of smell was used to test patients for early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the ability to smell is often associated with the first cranial nerve and if a person is about to get the disease, it is the first thing that will be affected in the decline of their memory and brain abilities.

In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.2million people that will cost about US200billion where there has been many suggestions for memory boosting foods and even supplements like Coquinone Australiato enhance memory.

The research is carried out through using a dollop of peanut butter on a ruler and then the patient’s ability to detect the odor at a certain distance will identify if they have early stages of Alzheimer’s.

The test involves the patient having to close his or her eyes and block out one nostril. The clinician will use 14 grams of peanut butter and a metric ruler and then hold the peanut butter close to the open nostril. The measurement is made at the point when the patient could detect the odor as it is moved up 1cm at a time. After 90 seconds, the other nostril is tested. Those who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease had a dramatic difference in the detection of the odor between both the nostrils while healthy patients had no such significance.