You try to eat healthy. You’re getting plenty of omega-3s. You even exercise on days you’d rather be lazy. And your 2018 resolution is to learn something new every month to keep your brain as sharp as a tack.
Dodge Alzheimer’s disease naturally
But it turns out there’s even more you could be doing to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s disease. And you don’t need a new drug to do it.
In fact, you can practically “Alzheimer’s proof” your brain, with these six supplements.
1. Bacopa Monnieri:
Western medicine is finally starting to catch on to the herb’s ability to help guard our brains against Alzheimer’s disease.
Several studies have explored bacopa monnieri’s ability to affect cognition and brain health. Researchers have tested its effects on mental control, memory, learning, the ability to create new memories and more.
According to experts, the herb is helpful for treating folks who are already experiencing cognitive decline as well as helping to prevent memory loss and diminishing mental capabilities in healthy people.
The key to using bacopa monnieri successfully to fight memory loss and guard against Alzheimer’s disease is patience. Results start to show up after taking 300 mg per day for four to six weeks.
If you’ve been following our advice, you may already be taking curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice turmeric. Researchers say this multitasking compound can help fight joint pain, elevated LDL cholesterol, pancreatic cancer and more.
And now those same experts say curcumin can also help us fight memory loss, dialing back brain aging and putting up a barrier against Alzheimer’s disease
Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, so it protects your brain from the devastating effects of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. In addition, it may help fight one of the key causes of Alzheimer’s disease, plaque build-up.
In an animal study, curcumin helped prevent the build-up of amyloid proteins. And equally as exciting, it dissolved some of the plaque already there, reducing it by up to 40 percent.
Other research has shown the herb helps increase blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory. In one study, it even bumped up blood flow as well as physical exercise. And curcumin may even help limit brain tissue damage by binding to the metals that are associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Curcumin supplements are available online and in stores where supplements are sold.
3. Ginkgo biloba:
For centuries, traditional Chinese Medicine healers have been using the gingko biloba plant to fight neurological problems. In fact, the plant is considered so effective at battling some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and neurological issues that it’s regularly prescribed as a treatment in Europe.
Researchers say that several compounds within gingko biloba could have positive effects on the cells in our brains. As a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, the herb can help protect cell membranes and support healthy neurotransmitter function.
Plus experts believe ginkgo may help increase oxygen to the brain helping all your mental connections stay strong. And studies have associated the herb with improved attention and memory.
You’ll find ginkgo biloba supplements in health food stores and online.
4. Vitamin B complex:
You may already be familiar with B-12. And you may have heard of B-6, too. But there are actually eight different B vitamins in the vitamin B family. And every single one of them is vital for a healthy brain
The trouble is most folks many (if not most) folks eating a modern Western diet are low in these essential Bs.
The B vitamins are responsible for…
- Keeping the neurons in your brain firing
- Processing the proteins and fats that keep your brain healthy
- Protecting and repairing brain cells
- Ensuring your brain stays structurally sound
- Slowing and preventing brain cell deterioration
In other words, every part of brain health—from its structure to memory retention–depends on getting enough B vitamins. You can raise your B-complex vitamins by eating more B-vitamin rich foods.
- Thiamine (B-1):Helps in the formation of new cells and supports your immune system. You’ll find thiamine in pork, sunflower seeds, and macadamia nuts.
- Riboflavin (B-2): Riboflavin is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage all over the body, including in the brain. B-2 combats premature aging and helps with red blood cell formation. You’ll find riboflavin in grass-fed beef liver, lamb, dairy products and almonds.
- Niacin (B-3): Boost blood circulation all over, including in the brain. Promotes HDL “good” cholesterol production and supports the production of certain hormones. You’ll find niacin in turkey, peanuts, liver, tuna, mushrooms and chicken.
- Pantothenic acid (B-5): Help produce the energy your body needs to function by assisting in the breaking down of fats and carbs. Also helps your body produce critical hormones. You’ll find pantothenic acid in chicken liver, sunflower seeds, salmon, avocados and mushrooms.
- Pyridoxine (B-6): Low pyridoxine levels are associated with inflammation and neurological issues. Helps regulate homocysteine and assists in the production of certain hormones. You’ll find pyridoxine in turkey breast, grass-fed beef, pistachios, tuna and pinto beans.
- Biotin (B-7): Excess glucose causes damage to the small blood vessels in the brain, over time contributing to dementia. Biotin helps control high blood sugar levels. You’ll find biotin in eggs, yeast, liver, almonds and sunflower seeds.
- Folate (B-9): Folate, also known as folic acid, is vital for a healthy brain and good memory. You’ll find folate in grass-fed beef, eggs, garbanzo beans, lentils, liver and asparagus.
- Cobalamin (B-12): Assists in producing red blood cells as well as hemoglobin which carries oxygen in your blood. Low levels can contribute to memory loss and cognitive impairment. You’ll find cobalamin in shellfish, liver, fish, grass-fed beef, eggs and dairy products.
But the easiest way to assure you’re getting plenty of all the B vitamins it to take a B-complex supplement. They’re available wherever you find supplements for sale.
Like gingko, huperzine-A has long been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine. Extracts from this moss are used to boost brain health and fight Alzheimer’s disease.
Your brain needs a compound called acetylcholine in order to function. Your nerves use the chemical to communicate in your brain, as well as the rest of your body. And certain Alzheimer’s drugs, known as cholinesterase inhibitors, work by preserving more of the compound.
Huperzine-A appears to work in much the same way. It enhances cognition by inhibiting the enzymes that break acetylcholine down, making more if it available to your nerves. And more acetylcholine means more memories. It’s that simple.
It turns out the same antioxidant that makes a moderate amount of red wine good for your heart can help protect your brain, too. A study out of Germany found that 200 mg of resveratrol, the ingredient found in grapes, significantly improved the memories of study volunteers.
Although all of our brains shrink a bit as we age, a faster brain shrink is associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s believed that resveratrol helps prevent the hippocampus—the part of your brain that’s responsible for memories—from shrinking too fast as you age.
Battle memory less and dementia, and “Alzheimer’s proof” your brain, with these six supplements.
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