Here we go again. Big Pharma has found yet another opportunity to hijack a scientific discovery to shamelessly market their meds.
I wish I could say I’m surprised. But I’m not, of course. Because this kind of corporate manipulation is nothing but business as usual at this point.
Just look at the latest. A new report reveals how to SAVE YOUR BRAIN and protect yourself from cognitive decline as you get older.
It’s one simple action that could help…
- preserve your memory
- protect your cognition
- prevent dementia
Fantastic news, right? But the Big Pharma spin machine has sprung into action.
They’re working hard to convince you that the ONLY way to get this incredible benefit is to take a class of medication you’re likely trying to avoid.
So let me give you the real scoop on this new discovery and what it could mean for your brainpower as you grow older.
More importantly, allow me to share the truth about how to get this potentially life-changing benefit WITHOUT their meds.
One step to protect against cognitive decline
Chances are you’ve already sat through more than a few lectures about your blood pressure by now. From your doctor. From well-meaning loved ones. Heck, maybe even from strangers.
“You’ve gotta keep that blood pressure down!”
Tell you something you DON’T know, right? You’re well aware that if your blood pressure gets too high, you’re at higher risk of stroke and other problems. So you do your best to keep it nice and low.
Now, the new report nails down yet another reason to keep those levels under control. The analysis of 14 studies involving nearly 100,000 patients finds that cutting your blood pressure could also reduce your risk of cognitive struggles.
Keep your BP down, and your risk of dementia could drop by a healthy seven percent. Meanwhile, your chances of cognitive decline can plunge by more than 20 percent.
The TRUTH about blood pressure meds
Of course, the 14 studies in the analysis all used drugs to bring those BP levels down. So, naturally, the mainstream medicine crowd is all fired up and ready to sell you on those blood pressure meds.
But there are TWO THINGS you need to know about these drugs.
- They come with risks of their own, including dizziness and falls. Ironically, some have even been linked to memory loss. Meaning, of course, that some of the drugs they’re pushing could lead to the cognitive decline they want you to take the meds to protect against in the first place.
- Many people need more than one drug to truly bring BP down. Some folks are taking three or four medications. Which means they end up at an even HIGHER risk of those side effects.
The bottom line? Yes, keep your BP down to protect against cognitive decline. But no, don’t assume that means you must use medication to get the job done.
It’s a personal decision you will have to make with your doc, of course. And it might end up being the best choice in your specific case.
But there are other ways to get the job done that don’t involve drugs.
For example, one study last year found that lycopene – a compound in tomatoes and watermelon that’s also available as a supplement – can cut BP by up to 10 points. Other research has found nitrate-packed beets can boost blood flow and send blood pressure plummeting.
And don’t forget one of the most basic approaches of all. Cut back on the junk sodium in your diet. You’ll find it in canned goods, frozen meals, and processed foods. And make sure you’re eating plenty of potassium and magnesium-rich foods such as avocados, nuts, dark chocolate, kidney beans, oranges, bananas, cantaloupe, and spinach.
Odds are your BP will drop by more than it would with any single med… especially if you’re among the folks who are salt sensitive to start with. And as those numbers drop, your risk of cognitive decline will too.