January 24, 2017

Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplement Review

Taking omega-3 supplements can help reduce inflammation in your body. Mostly comprised of fish oils, the important components of omega-3 supplements are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and are more widely known as fatty acids. These fatty acids from fish oil are polyunsaturated (“good” fat), known to:

  • Lower the risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels
  • Produce prostaglandins to treat and lower your risk of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
  • Reduce the risk of premature delivery, as well as encourage fetus development
  • Treat menstrual cramp flare-ups
  • Decrease symptoms of bowel disease (Crohn’s, IBS, ulcerative colitis)
  • Assist Lupus patients
  • Decrease chance of developing disease of retina
  • Reduce the risk of the colon/rectum and breast cancer
  • Prevent weight loss during chemotherapy

Role of Omega-3 on Mental Health

OMEGA 3 FOR DPERESSIONDepression

The EPA content of omega-3s has shown promise in treating major depressive disorder. Depression can be characterized by low levels of omega-3 in blood cells. An EPA-rich supplement can restore omega-3s in the blood thereby lifting episodes of depression. It is thought that omega-3s increase white matter in the brain in the areas associated with depression. To lift your mood and your spirit, take 4 g of omega-3 a day that provides 1,600 mg of EPA and 800 mg DHA.

Suicide

An analysis of blood samples from 1,600 military personnel showed those who committed suicide had, prior to suicide, significantly lower blood levels of DHA than personnel who did not commit suicide. DHA is the most abundant fatty acid in the human brain, and is clearly critical to mood, memory, and other mental functions.

Anxiety

A study of U.S. medical students revealed those receiving omega-3 showed a 20 percent reduction in anxiety compared to the placebo group. Treated students also had a 14% decrease in a marker of inflammation. The study intentionally used concentrated fish oil high in EPA because of its role in reducing the level of cytokines in the body, compounds that promote inflammation. Reducing cytokines is a big plus in dealing with the overall health of people at risk for many diseases…and now anxiety.

Omega-3 for stressStress

Omega-3 oils keep stress hormones under control while also regulating adrenaline. Reduce heart rate and nervous tension with 9 g of omega-3 daily.

Alzheimer’s

Mood and mental function are inextricably linked with depression impairing cognitive ability. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias often first appear as changes in outlook and personality. Not surprisingly, deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids has also been implicated in cognitive impairment, whereas diets supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids appear to benefit cognitive function. Further studies suggest that dietary supplementation with DHA may protect against the type of brain damage seen with Alzheimer’s disease.  Some scientists also believe that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and that they may be of modest benefit in some patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease.

Testing and Fish Oil Ranking

omega 3 supplement reviewWith the growing importance of omega-3s, scores of supplements now fill the shelves of stores that sell natural products. Choice is great, but it can also be confusing.

Because toxins such as mercury, dioxins and PCB are possible contaminates in fish, which naturally contain these important fatty acids, the regulation and testing of omega-3 quality is very important.

Furthermore, rancid fish oil can produce bad breath and reduce effectiveness. If the fish oil is encapsulated, absorption may be hampered due to poor breakdown, and with hindered absorption its effectiveness is compromised.

An independent testing lab reviewed and examined a large number of omega-3 fatty acid supplements (see below). Two products, in particular, failed to label correct amounts of EPA and DHA. These omega-3 supplements would NOT be recommended for consumption:

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Train Your Brain to Remember

The Most Common Techniques for Memory Enhancement 

by Amanda Box, N.D.

We’ve all done it. I certainly have. You walk into a room and you have absolutely no idea why you’re there. Or how about those times when the word you’re looking for is on the tip of your tongue, yet you just can’t seem to find it in your mind.

Some of you may call these “senior moments.” I have even heard them humorously termed “brain farts.” Having these forgetful moments once in a while is normal. However, this really doesn’t have to be. You can begin now to preserve your short term memory … before your forgetfulness becomes more frequent.

Most people wait until their lack of short term memory is affecting their daily life before they do something about it. But memory loss can be prevented! Nutrition, natural supplements and brain exercises can preserve your memory well into your senior years!

Consider how amazing and complex the human brain is! Even when you aren’t actively thinking, your brain:

  • Works constantly 24/7
  • Processes 2000 messages a second
  • Sends information throughout the body at a speed faster than 200 mph
  • Maintains your respirations, your temperature and the digestion of your food among hundreds of other functions

Truly, nothing in the body works without your brain!

From infancy into childhood, our brain is constantly developing, growing and learning. Even into adulthood, our brain continues to develop. For example, the cerebral frontal cortex of the brain, which contains our reasoning and impulse control, does not fully develop until we are 24 to 25 years old! Looking back I’m sure many of us can relate to seeing a change in our decisions once we reached our mid-twenties. Social lives, parties, and spur of the moment decisions gave way to rational, more mature decisions.

As we continue to age, a variety of influences begin to affect our brain negatively. I remember my first moment of what I like to call “momnesia” after I had my first child. I left for the grocery store with a mental list of what I needed to purchase. But when I got inside the store, I could only remember a couple items! Prior to having kids, I had such a fantastic memory that I never needed to make lists or write anything down.

Disruptions in short term memory can be caused by:

  • Surges in hormones
  • Poor nutrition
  • Stress
  • Maternal instinct development during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

Into our late adult years an even greater decline in short term memory can begin to occur. People in their 50s typically begin to feel their memory slipping more often than ever before. However, this so-called normal decline in memory doesn’t have to be the case. The brain has an amazing capacity to continue to develop, but we must be willing and take the initiative.

Training the Brain to Remember

memory enhancement techniquesUnderstanding how memories are created and stored can help in training the brain to remember.

Memory occurs in 3 stages:

  1. Encoding: This is when a person takes in information.
  2. Consolidation: This is when the brain takes the information it encodes and processes it so that it gets stored.
  3. Retrieval: When a person recalls the stored information.

Most of the time, poor memory issues occur in the retrieval stage. The information is still taken in and stored. However, retrieving that information can be difficult. You can enhance the retrieval of this information and increase your memory into later adult years with mental training techniques.

Using mental techniques helps you “file” your memories into easy-to-access “folders,” which enhance recall. Click to Tweet.

These techniques can be used over and over in any situation to improve your memory and keep your mind sharp. People almost always remember an image or picture better than they do mere written or verbal information. So incorporating a mental image works best for retrieval.

The most common mental techniques for memory enhancement include:

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Preventing Parkinson’s One Bite at a Time

 By Amanda Box, N.D.

I’ve seen a particular picture roaming the internet and social media lately. There are different versions, but they all have the same message. It is a picture of a fruit and vegetable stand with a sign that states, “Nature’s Pharmacy,” “The Original Pharmacy,” or “The Farmacy.”  You might think that it’s cute or clever, but there is really a stone-cold truth in that lighthearted photograph.

Nutrition provides us with what we need to combat disease in our body. If we are lacking in nutrition, our cells do not function properly. And when cells aren’t able to do their God-given jobs, disease is the result.

Brain Nutrition

Our brain is made up of primarily fat and nerve cells. Those cells are called neurons, otherwise known as nerve cells. These nerve cells are amazing in their biology. They can transmit information from one area of the body to another in less than a millisecond!

Certain neurons in the brain produce chemicals, as well. One of those chemicals is called dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical that reduces muscles contractions. Without sufficient dopamine in the brain, the result is uncontrolled tremors, freezing muscles, and uncontrollable movements. This is also known as Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Nerve cells need certain amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals in order to do their jobs. Even the production of dopamine is created from a particular combination of these nutrients! Could it be that many cases of Parkinson’s disease are truly caused by lack of nutrition?

One of the most important nutrients for the brain is the amino acid L-Tyrosine. Without it, we cannot produce dopamine in the brain. The above image illustrates how this process works.  L-Tyrosine converts to L-dopa, which in turn becomes dopamine. Our body does not make L-Tyrosine on its own. You must either eat foods containing L-Tyrosine or its precursor, L-Phenylalanine.

Many people with Parkinson’s disease, or those with Parkinson’s in their family, supplement with L-Tyrosine to keep up their dopamine production. I do have to caution; however, if you are taking L-dopa or Levadopa, do not take L-Tyrosine because it can inhibit the action of those drugs.

brain foodL-Tyrosine can also be consumed in everyday foods! This brings me back to the picture of the “Farmacy.”  Great health starts at its source, good food! Some of the top tyrosine containing foods include:

  • Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Shrimp
  • Mustard Greens

The formation of dopamine requires several other nutrients, as well. These become co-factors and co-enzymes in dopamine production. These important nutrients include:

Folic acid  

Otherwise known as folate. It is considered one of the B vitamins. Folic acid is found in:

  • Lentils
  • Most beans
  • Spinach
  • And collard greens

B6

Another B vitamin. High levels of B6 are found in:

  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Potatoes
  • Cod
  • Sunflower seeds
  • And spinach

B3

Often called Niacin, this B vitamin is found in:

  • Tuna
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • And peanuts

Iron

This important mineral is found in:

  • Liver
  • Beef
  • Spinach
  • And lentils

Zinc

You can consume your zinc by eating:,

  • Beef
  • Spinach
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Beans
  • And nuts

I believe that giving your brain cells the nutrition it needs can keep the production of dopamine running smoothly, therefore preventing Parkinson’s disease.

Peter Piper’s Pick for Parkinson’s

One of the most flabbergasting prevention treatments for Parkinson’s that I’ve come across is smoking!  Research has found that those who smoke have a lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease than non-smokers. Nonetheless, I don’t find this to be a valuable excuse to continue smoking – or even to begin for that matter! Smoking causes a plethora of other diseases! But why would something as harmful as smoking prevent Parkinson’s? Scientists have concluded that nicotine in tobacco lowers Parkinson’s risk.

Tobacco is in a family of plants called Solanaceae. Other members of the Solanaceae species include tomatoes and peppers. These foods actually contain low levels of edible nicotine! The Annals of Neurology published a study this past May that included 500 people who were newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and 650 people who did not have Parkinson’s disease. The study concluded that the more peppers a person ate, the lower their risk of Parkinson’s became!  This decrease added up to a whopping 19%!! Pretty great results for a spicy vegetable!!

I must also point out that this protection was most apparent in those who were non-smokers. This study is a huge step towards proving that nutrition provides a powerful role in disease prevention. Who would have guessed that peppers would have neuro-protective properties?

Caffeine’s Parkinson’s Perks

Coffee drinkers, I am happy to announce to you that your cup of joe has benefits in both Parkinson’s treatment and prevention!! As I explained earlier, Parkinson’s is the result of our brain’s neurons not producing adequate levels of dopamine for our body. Caffeine, however, is a dopaminergic. This means it stimulates the release of dopamine.

There have been several studies linking caffeine consumption and lowered risk of acquiring PD. Yet, until last year, there was no clear evidence on its effects on Parkinson’s symptoms. In August 2012, a study was published in Neurology concluding caffeine also benefitted those suffering with Parkinson’s. Participants in the study took either a placebo or the equivalent of 2-4 cups of coffee in caffeine pills a day. Those who took the caffeine pills had on average a 5-point improvement on the Parkinson’s symptoms scale! They also experienced a 3-point improvement in both their speed of movement and how much stiffness they experienced compared to those taking the placebo. (1)

These benefits don’t begin and end with coffee. Tea is a great example of another healthy source of caffeine. Green tea, for example, contains not only caffeine, but polyphenols, as well. It is also believed that polyphenols can be neuro-protective!

Healthy Fat = Healthy Brain

Did you know that ⅔ of your brain is composed of fats! That’s right! But not just any fat. These specialized fatty acids are the building blocks for the not only cell membranes, but the myelin sheaths of your nerve cells!  Scientists have reported that those with neuro-degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, display fatty acid membrane loss. Luckily, incorporating the right fats into your diet you can protect your brain cells!

The most abundant fat in the brain is DHA. DHA is known for its abilities to:

DHA makes up much of the neuron’s myelin sheath and cell membrane. Therefore, getting adequate DHA in our diet is extremely important! Eating fatty fish like tuna, salmon, and sardines are great sources. However, many of these fish can also contain high levels of mercury, a neurotoxin to the brain. I instead would recommend supplementing with a quality, third party tested fish oil instead. Start out with at least 500 mg of DHA per daily dose.

MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides, like those found in coconut oil can be beneficial to the brain, as well.  A 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the MCTs almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders! This is due to something called ketone bodies, present in medium chain triglycerides. These ketone bodies serve as an alternative source of fuel that boosts blood flow to the brain. Increased blood to the brain decreases the degeneration of neurons. Supplementing with 2-4 tbsp. of coconut oil a day or 1 tbsp. of pure MCT oil is a great daily dose.

Butter for the brain?

Your brain needs cholesterol in order to function. Where does it get that cholesterol? From the food you eat! Butter is also high in oleic acid, which is another important fatty acid in the myelin sheath of neurons. Not just any ol’ butter will suffice. Be sure and buy a quality grass-fed butter. Grass fed cows produce more nutrient dense butter than other cows.  The color of grass fed butter is a nice deep yellow.

Not all fats are beneficial for the brain!

There is one particular fat you want to avoid like the plague: trans-fats. Trans-fats are not only a cause of high cholesterol and heart disease, but also brain diseases. Things like french fries, chips, margarine, and anything that is hydrogenated, are trans-fats. These lab-altered fats alter our brain chemistry, creating “brain blocks.” Trans-fats can take the place of DHA in the brain and interfere with the electrical activity of our neurons. This just sets the stage for degeneration of these nerve cells, which leads to neuro-degenerative diseases.

Butter Coffee for Better Brain Function

butter coffee

One of newest health trends is called Butter Coffee. Otherwise known as Bulletproof Coffee, this concept was introduced by health blogger Dave Asprey. He was inspired to create this combination after visiting the mountains of Tibet. The Tibetan people there drank Yak butter tea.  A lover of coffee, Dave decided to add high quality butter to his morning joe instead. He boasts butter coffee’s ability to increase energy and promote weight-loss. I, however, am touting it for it Parkinson’s prevention abilities.  Bulletproof Coffee contains only 3 ingredients, all of which I have covered as beneficial to preventing and treating Parkinson’s disease.

  • 2 cups organic coffee
  • 2 tbsp. grass-fed butter
  • 2 tbsp. MCT oil or extra virgin coconut oil

Coffee can be highly sprayed with pesticides, so using an organic blend is very important.  In order to get the best benefits from the butter, it must be grass-fed. Kerry Gold is a fantastic brand of grass-fed butter and can be purchased at nearly every health food store. MCT oil is around 6 times stronger than coconut oil, but can be more difficult to find.  You can purchase it here.

This trifecta of ingredients contains both brain boosting fats and caffeine! I recommend blending the mixture as the oil want to float to the top. When blended, it creates a frothy, cappuccino like effect.

Brain Boosting Salsa

As I mentioned early, both tomatoes and peppers are in the Solanaceae family of plants that are known to lower the risk of PD. My absolute favorite way to consume this combination is in fresh salsa!!

Use fresh tomatoes, shelf stable tomatoes in glass or boxed containers. Canned tomatoes have unfortunately been found to contain high levels of BPA, which is a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to reproductive issues and heart disease. This salsa also contains cilantro, which has mercury-binding properties. This helps to detox that neurotoxic metal from your body and brain. (By the way, it is a possibility that mercury is one main environmental contributor to PD. By lowering dopamine levels, mercury is often held responsible for tremors associated with Parkinson’s.)

brain boosting salsa

This salsa is incredibly easy to make and serves as a great condiment for fish, chicken, or your favorite Mexican dish.

Combine:

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 5 serrano chiles, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice

Chill for at least an hour to let the flavors meld together.

Adopt the “Farmacy” lifestyle and let nutrition heal you. These foods can reduce the neuro-degeneration that leads to Parkinson’s.

Not only will good, nutrient rich foods keep you out of the doctor’s office, but it will save you money in medical bills. Parkinson’s, like so many other diseases, can be prevented with the right combination of nature’s best foods. Your daily diet is a simple way to encourage your brain to produce more dopamine.

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Amanda BoxAmanda Box is a Doctor of Naturopathy and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 10 years and currently has a Naturopathic consulting practice in Sioux Falls, SD.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic doctor to turn to for your personal needs, Dr. Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.
(1) http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57484791-10391704/caffeine-from-two-to-four-daily-cups-of-coffee-may-reduce-parkinsons-disease-symptoms/

 

No-Nonsense Guide To A Naturally Healthy Pregnancy

I remember my first pregnancy like it was yesterday.  I stared down in disbelief at the plus (+) sign on my pregnancy test. A terrifying sound of happiness mixed with pure unadulterated fear began to pour out of my mouth.  My husband, having never heard me make such a noise, rushed into the bathroom. “I’m pregnant!” I exclaimed.

Once the shock wore off, the anticipation began.  I shared the news with my co-workers from the local health food store.  I was absolutely bombarded with questions.

  • Are you going to vaccinate?
  • You’re going to breastfeed, right?
  • Are you having a home birth?
  • What prenatal are you going to take?
  • Are you going to wait to cut the cord?

All these questions caused me to feel overwhelmed, to say the least.  I knew I had a lot of research to do. I was about to pioneer natural pregnancy and childbirth amongst my friends who had not yet had a baby.  I had made a choice that I would be doing this the most natural, healthy, non-invasive way possible.  In this article, I hope to cover what I feel are some of the most important natural approaches during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The Foundational 3

The most common question I get from pregnant women is, “What supplements should I take during pregnancy?”  There are 3 things I believe are extremely beneficial for pregnant mothers to take throughout their pregnancy and even while nursing after the baby is born.  They are safe and important in the overall health of mommy and baby.

1.  A Quality Prenatal

I have taken several brands and forms of prenatal vitamins.  It has become my belief that a whole food prenatal is the best form you can take.  The price point is typically higher than your run of the mill prenatal, but in this case, I believe you definitely get what you pay for.

The biggest complaint you run into with prenatals is nausea.  Companies like New Chapter, Megafood, and Garden of Life have pretty much solved this problem.  Their prenatals are so gentle that you can take them on an empty stomach!  This is especially important during the first trimester, when it can be hard to eat much more than saltines.

2. Omega-3 DHA

Another important supplement during natural pregnancy and breastfeeding is DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, which is crucial for focus and concentration.  DHA is not only important for Mommy’s brain, but for baby’s developing one.  If the mother is not taking an adequate amount of DHA, the developing or nursing infant will get it from their mom’s reservoir.  I believe many new mothers experience foggy brain and forgetfulness because they are lacking DHA. Many experts even believe that the lack of omega-3 fatty acids contributes to postpartum depression.

DHA is most commonly present in fish oil.  It is imperative, especially during pregnancy, that your fish oil be contaminant free.  Make sure the company guarantees that it is been tested for purity and is free of PCBs and heavy metals.  Nordic Naturals and Carlson’s are two of my favorite fish oil brands and are known for their quality.

3. Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is famed for its use during pregnancy.  It is one of very few safe herbs to take while pregnant.  Most pregnancy teas have red raspberry as their main ingredient.  I personally was not a fan of the taste and opted for the pill form.  However, both can dramatically improve and prevent pregnancy complications.

Here is a list of just a few of the things red raspberry leaf can do:

  • Ease morning sickness
  • Prevent miscarriage
  • Reduce pain during labor
  • Make labor faster
  • Increase milk supply

One of red raspberry’s greatest benefits is its ability to tone the uterus. This is how it is able to prevent miscarriage, reduce pain and increase labor speed.

I typically recommend 3-4 cups a day of the tea.  For the pills, I recommend:

  • 2 pills during the first trimester
  • 3 pills for the second trimester
  • 4 pills a day during the third trimester

Solaray and Nature’s Way are my go-to brands for the pills.  Most women I know who were diligent with their red raspberry leaf had their babies in less than 5 hours.  This is including myself.  My longest labor was only 2 hours.

During the last trimester I also recommend alfalfa, which builds red blood cells and helps prevent hemorrhaging.  Adequate vitamin D is also very important during pregnancy. Thirty-five (35) IU per lb of body weight is my standard recommendation.

Natural Options for Pregnancy Discomforts

There is nothing quite like the thrill of having a life formed inside of you.

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Overcome Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Naturally

Has someone you care about recently been told it’s time to settle their personal affairs and start arranging for “long-term” care — all because of symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

If your life seems to be suddenly going down a road you don’t want to go down because of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, then STOP and turn it around.

There’s only one reason 50% of Americans are told they will have irreversible Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the time they reach 85 . . . because it’s a BIG FAT LIE that’s sells more drugs!

Statistics like that are appalling because they’re nothing but ignorant predictions based on the absurd assumption people aren’t going to find their own cure for the problem.

Truth is Big Pharma would love to sell their Alzheimer’s drugs to everyone, if they could get away with it. They claim there’s no cure, because they don’t know the cause. Problem is they’re just not looking hard enough.

Just because your doctor is a “nice person” doesn’t guarantee he or she knows what they’re doing. There are a lot of well intentioned doctors out there that are nothing more than glorified drug dealers.

I know. It’s sad. But, what do you expect when only 3% of our medical institutions and universities don’t even offer nutritional and dietary courses? Medicine should be about healing, not money.

The fact is huge pharmaceutical companies currently fund many schools. Once funded, Big Pharma can influence the students, teachers and even the study courses.

“Despite the investment of hundreds of billions of dollars of research, not even a single degenerative disease has been cured in the last hundred years.” ~ Dr. Alan Greenberg.

So, once you get past the misinformation and lies, you’ll find relief that Alzheimer’s disease is NOT a drug deficiency or the inevitable “longterm” sentence it’s being played out to be.

Discovering The Truth about AD

The cause of Alzheimer’s is suspected to be a combination of poisons from vaccines, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metal amalgams (dental fillings) and artificial food additives (known to be neurotoxins), all coming together at once.

Frankly, it’s no wonder we’re seeing an explosion of neuro-degenerative diseases! Consider all the carcinogenic and excitotoxin Americans are exposed to Americans these days.

IF people keep taking drugs to treat simple nutritional imbalances caused from toxic exposure, then 50% or more of Americans will wind up institutionalized in some government funded “long term” care ward for Alzheimer’s victims — maybe even before they’re 85 years of age.

Here’s Where Your Brain Needs To Focus . . .

Alzheimer’s disease has a root cause just as everything does; it’s an inescapable the law of cause and effect.

It’s a simple concept when you think about it. Problem is most “Big Pharma-trained” doctors haven’t a clue how to find the root cause of anything. Not that they couldn’t, it’s just that they’re not inclined to. Most doctors just “react” to whatever effect, or symptoms, you may be complaining about by writing up another prescription or recommending surgery.

That’s typical Westernized medicine in a nutshell.

Getting To The Root Of The AD Problem

The main complaints from Alzheimer’s patients are loss of clear thinking, creativity and mental function. Once you lose your ability to reason, you’re in serious deep water.

When a doctor can’t find the root cause of a health problem, they always treat the symptom and a symptom is just an effect, not the cause.

It’s no mystery why mainstream media isn’t advertising a real solution for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It’s the same reason why Big Pharma isn’t investing in a natural cure: there’s simply more money and power in just treating the symptoms.

If you want to find the cure for Alzheimer’s disease, first you need to look for the root cause. So, let’s put on our detective shoes and see if we can get to the bottom of all this.

Nothing threatens your freedom more than this disease. Read on to learn what you can do!

Normally, when all systems are “Go,” your brain and nervous system are continuously sending electrical signals throughout your entire body. As it turns out, your body is 75% water for a good reason. Water is a conductor of electricity if it contains trace minerals, called electrolytes. Every electrolyte carries an “ionic charge” that’s either negative or positive.

You have about 50 trillion cells that are in constant communication, as long as there is plenty of minerals and water flowing around to produce enough energy.

It’s common knowledge that your mental and motor functions depend primarily on all your cells transmitting and receiving information in the form of energy.

As far as your brain is concerned, all energy is information. The more energy, the better the communication. The better the communication, the healthier you are.

That’s how you see, feel, touch, smell and move around and think. It’s all about communication.

Alzheimer’s Disease Is A Communication Breakdown

All your cells are electrically charged. Your Red Blood Cells (RBC) carry a small “negative ion charge.”

As long as they carry this “ionic” charge, they are able to bounce off each other and more rapidly deliver helpful oxygen, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to all 50 trillion of your cells.

Healthy Red Blood Cells (RBC) also cleanse your body of acid waste, toxins and carbon dioxide.

Once they lose this electrical charge, then they start clumping together in clusters, literally collapsing in on their selves and creating dangerous blood clots, which can scar brain tissue and become plaque.

The simple lack of healthy water can cause Alzheimer like symptoms. Given time, these clumps of dirty Red Blood Cell (RBC) clots ravage your brain as oxygen, minerals and nutrient levels plunge.

Your Thirsty Brain

A simple case of chronic dehydration threatens all body functions, including your heart, brain and immune system, meaning it is of primary importance to preventing or curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Without adequate water, all of these sensitive body systems will slowly degenerate as toxic build-up destroys your nerve and circulatory system, cell by cell.

To discover the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), we must be concerned with how to first stop it before we can begin to heal brain damage. Proper hydration is a vital key.

As you know, your brain is the master control center for everything. Here is an interesting fact:

If you’re an adult your brain weighs about 3 pounds and 85% of it is very similar to seawater in composition. That figures out to 2.4 pounds of water. If seawater weighs about 8 pounds a gallon, then your brain needs exactly one third of a gallon of “electrolyte” rich water.

Keep in mind, water without minerals (A.K.A. electrolytes) can’t carry an “ionic” charge and would be useless to any neurons and other signal dependant cells.

Ions are essential to life. Sodium, potassium, calcium and other ions play an important role in the cells of living organisms.

Two times Nobel Prize laureate Linus Pauling showed that 90% of all degenerative diseases are triggered from mineral (electrolyte) deficiencies. (Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease).

There’s no doubt if you suffer from brain dehydration, you will also have a mineral (electrolyte) deficiency, which can literally shut down your Central Nervous System (CNS), which your brain is naturally a major cog of.

Considering the rest of your healthy body is only 75% water, it’s becomes obvious why your brain, being 80% water, is more dependent on water than any other part of your body.

The vital water bathing your brain cells depends on large amounts of oxygen rich blood to provide minerals and nutrients to create “cerebrospinal fluid” (CSF). This cerebrospinal fluid is higher in sodium than potassium because sodium is vital for neuron activity1.

Could the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) be from long term dehydration and mineral deficiencies?

The answer is Yes!

Breaking Through The Blood-Brain Barrier

Your brain is pretty well self-contained compared to the rest of your body.

There are special cell membranes that protect your brain from any sudden changes in blood chemistry, acidity or alkalinity (pH). Your brains capillary walls are perfectly sealed by a special cellular filter called the “blood-brain barrier.”

One of the limitations with synthetic drugs is the blood-brain barrier keeps them out. It’s a good thing, too.

However, certain natural plant sourced nutrients, mineral ions and amino acids are allowed to pass through making accelerated healing possible using a few natural remedies.

The problem with drugs and other toxins is they damage the blood-brain barrier trying to break through the capillary walls. The result is microscopic bleeding, which ends up as scar tissue, or “plaque” from the blood clotting process.

It’s this “plaque” that is found present in so many different neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease and epilepsy, to name a few of these devastating diseases.

The more dehydrated a person is the more likely microscopic bleeding will cause further scaring.

So, now you can see another reason why proper hydration is “at least” a helpful preventative to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Proper hydration is vital for maximum brain health. Now, let’s discuss some other “less obvious” factors which can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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  • Aspartame, an excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • MSG, another excitotoxin that kills brain cells.
  • Methyl alcohol, a byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Formaldehyde, another byproduct of aspartame that kills brain cells.
  • Mercury destroys neuron fibers. Many researchers, with good reason, feel that the actual cause of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is due to toxic metal that leaches from mercury-silver amalgam dental fillings.
  • Aluminum is a protoplasmic poison and a deadly, persistent neurotoxin. Since 1934, aluminum hydroxide has been used as an additive to boost the immune response from vaccines.
  • Statins block the cholesterol nutrient necessary for proper neuron and synaptic signaling.

The Natural Solutions I’ve Found

If I were to put together a food support protocol for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), I would consider using all of these:

    • DHA, also known as Omega-3 Fatty Acid Docosahexaenoic Acid, comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain. DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline2.

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Huperzine A is believed to work in a manner similar to some prescription drugs for treating symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease: increasing the level of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine by blocking its breakdown.

  • Alpha lipoic acid (ALA): alpha-lipoic acid might delay the onset or slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Huperzia serrata: In the late ’80s, a research team found that Huperzine-A, an extract of the ancient Chinese herb Huperzia serrata, easily goes through the blood-brain barrier and stops AChE (an enzyme) from destroying your precious acetylcholine.
  • Acetylcholine: Although the course of Alzheimer’s disease is unique for every individual, AD is caused by reduced synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
  • Phosphatidylcholine: Choline containing phospholipids are essential for the integrity of the cell membrane.
  • Daffodil extract (galantamine) suppresses the death of brain cells3.
  • Lipoic acid increases acetylcholine (ACh) production.
  • Vitamin C may help reduce risk of Alzheimer’s by 78%4.
  • Magnesium depletion, particularly in the hippocampus, appears to represent an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer’s disease5.

These are a few potential cures I’ve found in a relatively short period of time. So, never give up hope.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is considered a progressive neuro-degenerative disorder that destroys human memory and brain function, social communication skills and the ability to carry out every day activities. Leading experts predict if ignored, more than 16 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by 2050.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the Number #4 Killer of Americans, causing over 100,000 deaths each year in the USA alone. Currently, AD patients occupy more than half of all nursing home beds.

The solution exists. You simply need to believe in it enough to find the right one for you.

So, keep in mind that “you were born to heal!”

References:

1)     Harrington MG, Fonteh AN, Arakaki X, Cowan RP, Ecke LE, Foster H, Huhmer AF, Biringer RG: Capillary Endothelial Na(+), K(+), ATPase Transporter Homeostasis and a New Theory for Migraine Pathophysiology.
2)     Lukiw WJ, Cui JG, Marcheselli VL, Bodker M, Botkjaer A, Gotlinger K, Serhan CN, Bazan NG. pmid=16151530 (2005 October). “A role for docosahexaenoic acid-derived neuroprotectin D1 in neural cell survival and Alzheimer disease”. J Clin Invest. 115(10): 2774–83.
3)     Tariot PN, Solomon PR, Morris JC, Kershaw P, Lilienfeld S, Ding C. A 5-month, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of galantamine in Alzheimer’s disease. Neurology 2000;54:2269-76.
4)     Source: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; USA Today, Posted 1/19/2004 10:01 PM
5)     Magnes Res. 1990 Sep;3(3):217-8. Magnesium depletion and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Durlach J. SDRM, Hôpital Saint Vincent de Paul, Paris, France. PMID: 2132752
Martin Jacobse, a hearing and speech specialist of 30 years, was first inspired by the natural home remedies used by his Cherokee Grandmother. He has since expanded his interests into naturopathic, alternative and energy medicine. Excited to share his findings and close the gap between the medical profession and natural home remedies, Jacobse found a passion as an independent medical researcher and ghost writer, dedicating his life to getting the word out as a consumer health advocate for Barton Publishing. Jacobse spends his free time practicing the healing art of magnetic Qigong, publishing books and enjoying the quiet of a small horse ranch near the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
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