Dr Oz: Cast Iron Pan Causes Alzheimer’s & Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?

By on March 8, 2013

Dr Oz: Does Your Cast Iron Skillet Cause Alzheimer’s?

Dr. Oz is talking to the man who says you can prevent Alzheimer’s! Dr. Neal Barnard believes the power to prevent this horrible disease begins with you and he has a three step plan to help you protect your brain and live a longer, more productive life.

Dr Oz: Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Dr. Oz says new research has found three specific minerals in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and eating meat, fish and dairy could even put you at higher risk for the disease. His guest, Dr. Neal Barnard, has a three step plan to help you prevent Alzheimer’s and some have even called it a bit of a radical approach. He argues you do not need drugs because the answer lies in your diet.

Dr Oz: What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease?

Dr Oz: Cast Iron Pan Causes Alzheimer's & Can You Prevent Alzheimer's?

Dr Neal Barnard said that using a cast iron skillet regularly could lead to a high amount of iron in the brain, which could cause Alzheimer’s!

Dr. Neal Barnard told Dr. Oz he believes the cause of Alzheimer’s is due to metals, like iron, copper and zinc, which are being found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s. While they are essential to your health, a buildup of these three metals can cause a problem and lead to Alzheimer’s, according to Dr. Barnard. The surprising sources of metals are often food, cookware (like a cast iron skillet) and vitamins, and if they build up to a toxic level in the brain they begin to form free radicals which then start to attack your brain cells.

Dr Oz: Foods That Cause Alzheimer’s

Dr. Neal Barnard said that using a copper or cast iron pan for cooking can lead to high levels of minerals in your brain, and when they reach toxic levels could even cause Alzheimer’s. He went on to explain there are even certain foods that could be putting you at a higher risk for the disease.

Meat – Meat is a good source of iron, but in many cases we often each too much meat. Meat is also a source of saturated fats which are bad for the heart and also for the brain.

Dairy Products – Dairy products are the highest source of saturated fats in our diet, which again is unhealthy for the heart and the brain.

Fish – Dr. Neal Barnard said it might surprise you to hear that fish is actually a huge problem, especially something like lobster because it contains high amounts of these particular metals. He added they are effectively living in the human sewer where they pick up these toxins. He even surprised Dr. Oz when he said that fish is not even the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which is something Dr. Oz has always recommended as a part of a healthy diet and to prevent Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Neal Barnard: Eating Fish Leads To Alzheimer’s

Dr. Neal Barnard said that he grew up eating lots of meat and fish, but that he has stopped consuming fish completely because there are many better things to eat that do not contain the bad fats and extra metals. Dr. Barnard also explained that while multivitamins are wonderful at providing you with your daily dose of essential vitamins, you do not need to purchase one with added iron, copper or zinc because you are getting plenty of them in your diet.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Cast Iron Pan Causes Alzheimer’s & Can You Prevent Alzheimer’s?

  1. If copper, iron and aluminum increase the chance for Alzheimers, what pans are we supposed to cook with?

  2. This comment is for those who ask which cookware to use! I guess the only thing to use for cooking is Stainless steel. I already switch SS green pans which they sell on HSN.com

  3. Chef Cyndy Klein says:

    This article provides no data sources, could you provide a link so that the data from Dr Barnard’s study? We as culinarians use copper only in candy making, however the radical ideas about excluding fish and other lean proteins seems like it should have some data to back it up. Please supply it.

  4. Gesim Erikli says:

    I don’t know about the bio-availability but the legumes seem to contain hefty amounts of iron, not “trace amounts”. Lentil contains even more iron than beef. Go figure!

    I suspect Mr. Barnard has a hidden agenda of promoting a vegan lifestyle.

  5. There may be a way the body handles elemental iron from the skillet (or a supplement) differently vs. non heme iron in the legumes & plants or heme iron from animals. Oh woe to the person that adopts more of a plant based way of eating…/sarcasm

  6. How come no one ever talks about pure coconut oil for Alzheimer. There is plenty of information on the internet including doctors and videos. Many Alzheimer patients are doing what they could not do before. Look it up: Pure coconut oil for Alzheimer. If it works spread the word.

  7. Barbara Johnson says:

    Cilantro and turmeric can pull metals from the body. I cook with stainless steel and use glass as much as possible and don’t eat that much fish. I would like to see more research on this.

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