Archives for July 2018

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids Improve Brain Function

Here is more good news about how you can shape your environment to actually and substantially improve your health and decrease your risk of brain degeneration. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12603-015-0609-6 In conclusion, the authors found the following: Dietary fish oil supplementation increases red blood cell omega-3 content, working memory performance, and BOLD (cortical Blood Oxygen Level-Dependent activity) signal in the posterior cingulate cortex during greater working memory load in older adults with subjective memory impairment suggesting enhanced neuronal response to working memory challenge. Because the Standard American Diet (SAD) is actually low in dietary sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids, it may be wise to supplement your diet with fish or algal oil to make sure you get optimal intake of these critical nutrients. Having a great working ... Read more

Exercise Can Save Your Memory

I am trying to focus on information that you can use now to create the health and lifestyle that saves your brain. Research has shown that virtually every prescription medication that has been evaluated has failed when it comes to being effective for the treatment of subjective cognitive decline (brain fog), that leads to mild to moderate cognitive impairment, that then leads into dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease, or AD). Why have all 150 medications failed to make a dent? Because brain disorders like AD have MULTIPLE causes, and it is turning out that the things we can do in our day to day lifestyle are very effective in preventing and treating this dread disease or condition. One of those things that is essential is: exercise!! https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5439530/ The author’s state: In the present article, we provide a review of current knowledge regarding the role ... Read more

Herbs for Brain Health: Part 2

Hello again: Last blog I mentioned how Curcumin and Berberine are beneficial for blood sugar issues and are neuroprotective. Here is more information about brain health and how these herbs fit in: https://aanddjournal.net/article/S1552-5260(17)32470-6/fulltext Conclusions: "Neurovascular inflammation and metabolic dysregulation driven mainly by poor diets likely serve as an essential underlying etiology of LOAD (Late Onset Alzheimer’s Disease). Human clinical trial evidence of plant-based diets for eliminating comorbidities and risk factors of LOAD support its potential as a powerful prevention strategy. In particular, plant-based diets as well as a number of anti-inflammatory nutrients or plant-based foods have been shown to reverse cognitive deficits in clinical trials or protect against LOAD in epidemiological studies." So here is some more info about the anti-inflammatory ... Read more

Spice Up Your Brain!

In a previous blog I mentioned that Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), brain fog and cognitive decline are linked to blood sugar problems. Specifically, that one form of AD is due primarily to problems with insulin resistance: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/193229680800200619 The authors state: “We conclude that the term “type 3 diabetes” accurately reflects the fact that AD represents a form of diabetes that selectively involves the brain and has molecular and biochemical features that overlap with both type 1 diabetes mellitus and T2DM (Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus).” Since that is the case, it appears to be a great preventive health measure to keep our blood sugar under control. Because it is estimated that at least ½ of all of us have some degree of insulin resistance (pre-diabetes), it is important to know what tools can help us keep our blood sugar in the optimal ... Read more

Depression

Statistics reveal that there is an alarming increase in depression worldwide, and depending upon whom you read, the number of people with some level of depression approaches more than 1 in 10, and accounts for anti-depressant prescription medications being the number one class of drugs prescribed in the U.S. http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression/depression-statistics/ Most of us think that medications for depression are effective, yet those with depression who are on anti-depressant medications frequently know a different reality. Only 30% of those on prescription medications are helped, and many only partially, meaning 70% or more are not helped with prescriptions. A thorough review of the literature will reveal the following information taken from the references below: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050045 “Meta-analyses ... Read more

Brains and Fat: Ketones Feed Healthy Function

In the last blog, I mentioned that I would be exploring nutritional ketosis, which is eating in such a way to fuel brain and body energy mostly by fat sources as opposed to carbohydrates. It turns out that carbohydrate rich diets actually harm and age our bodies and brains. There are now many papers that reveal that some types of Alzheimer’s Disease is actually a form of diabetes of the brain, and that over-consumption of carbohydrates (especially processed carbs like grains, sugars etc.) leads to brain and body degeneration and too rapid aging. Personally, I have found ketogenic diets to be very challenging for most of us, and it turns out that there are easier ways that work almost as well for the majority of us. This easier way is a combination of intermittent fasting, low processed carbohydrate consumption, high vegetable intake, higher fat intake, lower protein and supplements. ... Read more