Let’s face it, there’s a lot of information available about how to prevent cognitive decline. So if you’re worried about brain burps or memory slips, it’s easy to find some advice.
But once those issues strike? Well, then the conventional medicine experts clam up.
When cognitive decline bubbles up, you find yourself all on your own more often than not. Because the truth is, mainstream medicine simply doesn’t have any solutions.
And with no drugs, therapies, or techniques to offer to help slow, stop, or reverse the condition, most doctors stay silent.
But natural medicine is a different story. Naturopathic and integrative medicine docs are free to think outside of the mainstream medicine box.
That allows them to make use of proven natural ways to beat cognitive decline. And the latest research confirms the benefits of a powerful tag team of antioxidants.
These two nutrients protect another part of the body hammered by aging. And now there’s evidence they can help restore other essential functions we lose with age.
Even better… they cost just PENNIES a day.
Carotenoids push back against cognitive decline
Carotenoids are a class of antioxidants best known for their color.
They’re the pigments that give certain fruits and veggies their yellow, orange, and red appearance. Think corn, carrots, and bell peppers, for example.
The new study looked at two of these carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin.
You likely have heard of them before. After all, I’ve sung these nutrients praises right here in Healthier Talk. They’re already widely used to enhance vision and fight macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in seniors.
Now, it looks like they might have another vital function. Research suggests the duo may be able to help reverse some of the cognitive decline that comes with age.
The two nutrients were pitted against a placebo in a new study. Ninety volunteers between the ages of 40 and 75 who had reported typical cognitive decline type issues, such as struggles with memory and focus, received lutein and zeaxanthin or look-alike placebos.
After six months, the folks taking the supplements had improvements compared to the placebo group in:
- episodic memory
- word recall
- delayed word recall
- location learning recall
- word recognition
- picture recognition
The volunteers who got the real-deal duo also had improvements in two other key cognitive tests, called the Cognitive Failures Questionnaire and Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function – Adult Version.
In other words, lutein and zeaxanthin really brought the brain benefits to the table.
Try lutein and zeaxanthin for better brain health
Surprised by those results? You aren’t alone, many folks are. After all, the two carotenoids are so closely linked to vision, not memory. But the latest research highlighting their benefits in fighting cognitive decline doesn’t come out of the blue.
Over the past few years, several encouraging studies have connected lutein and zeaxanthin to brain health. One found that just 10 mg per day of lutein alone improved visual episodic memory, verbal episodic memory, and more.
That’s equal to the amount used in the new study, with 2 mg of zeaxanthin added to the mix.
Those are fairly common doses that are easy to find and they’re even sold together in many cases. They’re pretty affordable, too, with a year’s supply running about $30 to $40.
But if you REALLY want to step up your protection, look for a formula that also has meso-zeaxanthin. A 2019 study found that a combination of all three helped improve composite and verbal memory and attention, learning, and processing speed in seniors at risk for cognitive decline.
You’ll discover more about that exciting, groundbreaking research right here.
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