Research: Daily Ibuprofen could help prevent Alzheimer's

Jim Hanzo
April 06, 2018 - 8:33 am

An aspirin a day to help your heart, now Ibuprofen for your brain?  Neuroscientists have successfully carried out studies suggesting that, if started early enough, a daily regimen of the non-prescription NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) Ibuprofen can prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Nicolas Bazan Boyd Professor and Director of LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center explains.  

"We are talking about prevention here," Bazan said.  "We are talking about diminishing the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, so there are many other factors in addition to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen) like diet, for example."   

Bazan goes on to explain what worries him regarding the research done in Vancouver.  

"Yes, the drugs are useful, but a risk in the population when they hear this news is that people might take these medications in excessive doses," said Bazan. 

He says any drug like Ibuprofen could have side effects.  Dr. Bazan also believes physical activity and the Mediterranean diet including fish oil high in Omega 3s could be even better.  He advises checking with your doctor before taking any medications.  

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