Reduce Brain Plaque Now

Photo Credit: mermay19Are your brain neurones beginning to malfunction?  Alzheimer’s Disease affects many millions of people worldwide.  It’s one of the most feared diseases of the ageing process.  Investing in brain health is a choice many longevityboomers are making.

Alzheimer’s Disease involves damage to the neurones rather than the vascular system. In the brain we can get a buildup of small, sticky bits of protein called beta amyloid (a type of plaque). Our brain is basically made of fat so there’s nothing wrong with this type of plaque, except when the normal system of production and disposal breaks down, and the amyloid plaque starts to build up in clumps.  This doesn’t need to happen. It makes sense that improving the disposal of amyloid plaque might slow the progression of disease. Nutritional support really can make a difference.

Omega-3 Smoothies?

The latest research from UCLA (Mizwicki MT et al: about to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) points to a combination of vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acid DHA  as a recipe for enhancing the immune system’s ability to reduce inflammation and clear the brain of amyloid plaque. Keep your eye out for a new omega-3 drink from a Norwegian company called Smartfish.  It probably tastes better than it sounds.

Scientists are presently looking into organic virgin coconut oil.  The high levels of medium chain triglycerids mean that it’s potentially one of the healthiest fats for the brain.  It’s also an alternative form of energy for a brain which cannot metabolize glucose properly, which is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.  That’s why researchers are starting to call Alzheimer’s “diabetes of the brain”.

Meanwhile there’s a lot you can do now, such as cutting down on bad fats.  So what are bad fats?  Surprisingly, saturated fats are being shown to have little or nothing to do with cognitive decline and may in fact be protective. Instead you should avoid trans fats which get absorbed into brain cells and change them for the worse.  Most commercial forms of polyunsaturated oils are potentially dangerous.

It’s also vital to maximise dietary, herbal and nutritional support for the brain.  Foods high in antioxidants such as blueberries and pomegranate are key.  Turmeric is a culinary spice you can embrace liberally for brain health.  Brain energy metabolism including the turnover of membrane phospholipids can also be improved on a cellular level by supplementation with acetyl-L-carnitine. Tocotrienols, the latest and most balanced form of vitamin E, can also mobilise plaque from the brain. Get some professional advice about brain-friendly herbs like bacopa and gingko.

Managing Alzheimers isn’t cheap, being billed at over $100 million dollars per annum in the US alone.  That’s not to mention the cost in quality of life for the sufferer and their family.



Recommended reading:

Stop Alzheimer’s Now!

How to Prevent & Reverse Dementia, Parkinson’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis & Other Neurodegenerative Disorders  by Bruce Fife and Russell Blaylock



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