Preserve Brain Memory: Diet, Lifestyle & Supplementation


Uploaded by meschinohealth on 03.02.2012

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How to Preserve Brain Memory
By
Dr. James Meschino, DC, MS, ND
Do you wonder how to preserve brain memory with respect to diet, lifestyle and supplementation?
We’ve learned a lot in recent years about brain aging and how it works, and we now know
that certain events lead to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Some of these events
are related to the aging process, and some are related to faulty dietary and lifestyle
practices that induce damage to the brain.
Let’s look at how these brain events occur and the things that can lead to memory loss
and dementia through these mechanisms.
There can be free radical damage in the brain due to the fact that the brain can use up
to 20 percent of the oxygen within our bodies at any given time. The brain is very active,
so it needs to generate a lot of energy for itself and it needs oxygen to accomplish this.
But the flip side of this benefit is that oxygen generates a lot of free radicals. The
byproduct, if you will, is that you can get what’s called oxidized free radical damage,
leaving a corrosive effect on your brain cells that will damage them over a lifetime.
Brain cells can’t reproduce and replace themselves like other cells in our bodies
can. Basically, all the brain cells that you will ever have over your lifetime you were
given at birth, so you really have to protect them. And when free radicals damage brain
cells they break them down and so they’re left, not functioning very well. Free radical
damage is linked to both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis
and other neurodegenerative disease.
Also as we age, our brains stop making optimal amounts of the memory chemical, acetylcholine.
Once acetylcholine levels drop – which happens to everyone after the age of 55, because the
brain just stops making as much – we begin to have what we affectionately call ‘senior
moments’, where memories just aren’t as good. This is a hallmark feature of Alzheimer’s
disease. Traditional medical treatment has been to give the patient drugs in an effort
to slowdown the breakdown of acetylcholine. But there are no drugs that can actually increase
the synthesis of acetylcholine to the same levels you had when you were younger. However,
as you will see in a minute, there are certain supplements and even foods that can raise
the acetylcholine level synthesis in the brain, even when you’re older.
Certain dietary factors can also change or damage brain function, leading to brain inflammation.
Brain inflammation is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The same is
true if you clog-up the arteries in the brain with plaque and cholesterol through certain
dietary and lifestyle behaviors; important nutrients won’t flow because brain cells
have been robbed of oxygen and other nutrients that they need to function, resulting in a
decline in brain function. These are the issues that accumulate and will lead to memory problems.
Most recently we’re seeing a condition called Type III diabetes on the rise, where there
is an alleviation of blood sugar related to obesity. And along with those high sugar and
insulin levels comes damage to the brain through a process called glycosylation. Glycosylation
is the process of sugar coating the proteins in the brain, resulting in damage and leading
to a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. For people who have diabetes, high blood sugar
levels, are overweight and out of shape, as they age, the risk for Alzheimer’s disease
becomes much higher.
That’s all the bad news. The good news is that practicing the right diet, supplementation
and lifestyle plan is linked to preventing these problems of memory loss, but you must
know the correct instruction to follow. Supplements alone have been shown to raise the brain levels
of the memory chemical acetylcholine, and it’s shown to be very useful for people
who have experienced memory loss.
Supplements can also improve blood flow through the brain. Certain supplements can reduce
inflammation within the brain and mitigate this problem, while others improve nerve transmission
and the electrical current that takes place in the brain. (It’s an electrical organ
really, transmitting electrical currents from one nerve cell to the next). Supplements can
also improve fluidity of the brain cells so that they won’t harden over time, becoming
ridged and stop functioning.
Only supplements – not drugs – have been shown to stop the actual shrinking, or what’s
called ‘atrophy’ of the brain that occurs after the age of 60. Normally after the age
of 60, the brain shrinks by 1 to 2 percent every year, according to the Oxford Memory
Project Study. The only thing that’s ever shown to slow that process is supplements.
Again, medical drugs cannot.
Lifestyle practices are also very important – both physical and mental activities – to
maintain neural circuits so that your brain keeps functioning. Drugs alone are not the
answer; even people who have Alzheimer’s disease understand that drugs alone won’t
stabilize the condition.
The responsibility for the prevention of this problem really falls into your own lap, so
you must understand the proactive lifestyle strategies. Remember, only 1 to 2 percent
of all Alzheimer’s disease is actually genetically-based; the rest is primarily due to natural aging
of the brain and lifestyle-induced damage that we are responsible for creating ourselves.
As I’ve illustrated, these changes on the brain due to aging can be prevented – or
at least slowed down significantly – through proper diet, lifestyle and supplementation.
Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in our society today, and after the
age of 60, 10 to 20 percent already have mild cognitive impairment and are on their way
to more serious dementias and Alzheimer’s disease. Only through supplements, diet and
lifestyle changes can we actually alter the course.
You need a comprehensive program to help you. The problem is, most medical doctors have
not studied enough about nutrition and natural medicine to really be as proactive as they
need to be with their patients on this. There is often not enough emphasis placed on lifestyle
changes – both physical and mental activities – that can keep your brain’s nerve circuits
functioning at an optimal level.
I’ve put this all together into an eBook called, The Nutritional Guide to the Prevention
of Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. You need to download it right now. In that
little eBook, I’ve listed all the scientific references so you know the information I’m
sharing with you is exactly right and you’ll know exactly what to do to protect your brain
from memory loss, maintain your quality of life and help mental longevity.
At http://www.MeschinoHealth.com, you’ll see my other research and review papers, other
videos that I’ve created and footage from my live professional seminars. You’ll see
resources and downloads that I have there that are free, helping you lead a long, healthy
and functional life. All the research papers and teaching materials have all the scientific
references in them so you’ll know you’re always getting scientifically-sound information
from me on any health topic that you’re looking for.
You really should make http://www.MeschinoHealth.com an ongoing, reliable resource for health and
wellness information for both you and your family members. Thanks so much for your time.