Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

The missing ingredient in anti-aging diets.

phospho-brain-chartMost of our readers know that free-radicals can create a doom and gloom scenario in our body. Whether they are created from junk food, sugar, stress or chemicals they munch away at our cell membranes and eventually our bodies cease to function properly and we get old.

So we take antioxidants and think that will help. Unfortunately those miracle constituents neutralize the free-radicals but they do nothing to repair the damaged membranes which now cannot properly absorb nutrients and produce energy so we quickly age and get sick!

We discovered something that can help. Phospholipids are the essential and structural components of biological cell membranes and effectively return the elasticity of the membranes so in effect repair and rebuilds them. Since today’s foods contain one-third of the phospholipid levels compared to the beginning of the last century, you’d better think about adding a supplement to your vitamin regime. One of these is phosphatidylserine which in clinical trials on senior citizens revealed that they can boost memory, increase recall and improve the learning of new information as well as elevate mood. My husband and I have been taking phospholipids for years and my neighbor’s husband who was driving her crazy because he kept forgetting things, started on it and within a few months his cognitive ability returned.

For more info go to www.longlifenews.com and click on learn more. It takes you to a page with a product drop down menu…  click on Vibrant & Clear Wafers… a ton of information and clinical trials… worth the time to read.

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Ten Days to a Longer Life workshop coming soon.

happyseniorEDITWe are finished creating our online workshop Ten Days to a Longer Life. We now need to create the videos for your viewing. Just to give you and idea of the subject matter: Modules on 1.Why we Age 2. Mind over Body 3. Longevity Foods 4. Foods that Derail Longevity. 5. Digestion. 6. Food Intolerance.  7. Basic Longevity Supplements. 8. Joint Problems & Arthritis 9. Stress and Sleep. and several bonus modules including Gluten-free Recipes and an intro module where we tell you our stories and how we treated our symptoms naturally.

If you are on our announcement list, stay tuned for the release date. If not, please download our free ebook Think and Feel Younger and that will put you on the list. http://youngerebook.gr8.com

-Nina Anderson, C.N.L.P., S.P.N., author of 18 books on natural health                     -Suzel Cable, Certified Nutrition Coach

 

 

Diabetes link to Alzheimer’s

questionSince 2005 evidence has been mounting that Alzheimer’s disease is essentially type-3 diabetes. Theories say that the build-up of beta amyloid plaques in the brain in place of normal brain cells, is key contributor to the development of the disease – and insulin resistance may trigger these plaques to develop. Research also suggests that type-2 diabetics lose more brain mass with age than a healthy individual which may contribute to dementia.

Insulin helps regulate neurotransmitters such as those responsible for memory and learning. Therefore, a drop in insulin levels may impair cognition. Some studies indicated a link between lower insulin levels and the risk of Alzheimer’s. Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D. says “Increased consumption of simple carbohydrates leads to blood brain barrier degradation and subsequently  damage to the hippocampus.”

In reading this article it would seem to prevent insulin resistance, cut down on your carbs and sugars. Also we have found that Phosphatidyserine (PS100) supports good brain function and also our favorites are lecithin, magnesium, electroltyes specifically formulated for the brain (www.electroblast.com) and a good plant source of essential fatty acids (http://foreveryoungcooperative.com/yesefas.html).

*Whole Foods magazine July 2015 “This is your brain on supplements” by Kaylynn Chiarello-Ebner p18

A hidden cause of cardiovascular illness, dementia and fibromylagia.

So I went for my physical and lo and behold I had plaque in my artery – and me a vegetarian and organic food person! In my quest to find out why this had happened I discovered my homocysteine levels were elevated.  What this meant is that high levels can raise heart disease risk independent of other known risk factors.  High levels are also associated with depression, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration and more!

 

I was allergic to sulfur and so was put on a sulfur-free diet and my homocysteine levels came down. My nutritionist instructed me to then take methyl B12 and methyl Folate to help keep the homocysteine levels down and thus hope to reduce the plaque building in my artery. Another tested supplement to reduce homocysteine levels as shown in clinical studies is TMG (trimethylglycine). In clinical studies a daily dose of 6g reduced homocysteine by 15 percent (or a 6-9% reduction in cardiovascular disease). Folic acid reduced levels by 13-25 % with daily doses of 200-800 mcg and adding B12 at 500 mcg/day offered an additional 7% reduction as per clinical studies. These studies also revealed that folate may have a potential role as a supplement to help treat depression.

 

Studies also found that Alzheimer’s patients had higher homocysteine levels than controls, but more research is needed to confirm this. A study on 12 women who had both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome were found to have increased homocysteine levels in the cerebrospinal fluid. And other studies found that patients with elevated serum homocysteine and deficiencies in B12 and folate were found to be associated with an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration.

-excerpted from “High Homocysteine Levels and Nutraceutical Treatment” by Gene Bruno, MS, MHS; Vitamin Retailer, Sept. 2014

 

 

High-Fructose Diet Sabotages Learning, Memory

Drinking soda and eating sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid, according to a new UCLA study on sugar, learning and memory.

A new UCLA rat study funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The study was published in peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology in its May 15, 2012 edition.

[Ed: so please read those labels as most sodas contain HFCS and so do a lot of candy and cookies. This also affects cholesterol management and weight control. The Omega-3 Fatty Acids we recommend are from plants, not fish oil. Helps to oxygenate the cells as well. See YES EFAs on the ForeverYoungCooperative link]

A natural anti-inflammatory

Curcumin is a component of turmeric that possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is effective as an anti-inflammatory because it regulates nitric oxide in our bodies which can be elevated by levels of radiation or tissue damage. Nitric oxide can run rampant throughout the body and be the catalyst in many inflammatory-induced illnesses. Curcumin is now being used to help Rheumatoid arthritis to reduce the inflammation of joints; Alzheimer’s, where it regulates the amyloid beta plaque before it gets out of control which is considered the hallmark of the disease; Diabetes, where in laboratory tests curcumin has been shown to improve rat’s blood sugar levels; Heart disease, by supporting the good cholesterol (HDL) and has helped lowered the bad cholesterol levels in clinical trials. For information on a curcumin and fermented soy supplement check out the link on the blogroll menu: ForeverYoungCooperative.com.