Protect Yourself from Memory Loss – Common Meds That Harm Your Brain
A new study from the Indiana University School of Medicine, published in the journal JAMA Neurology has revealed some disturbing truths about drug side effects.
Certain types of drugs destroy brain tissue and negatively impact various cognitive functions. Worse still, 60-year-olds are being given these drugs routinely, both for mild as well as severe health issues.
So, one way or another, at some point there’s a very good chance that you’ll be offered some of these potentially damaging medicines too.
The study looked at 451 people in their 70s. 60 of them were also on anticholinergic drugs. The other 391 took no pharmaceuticals.
The scientists ran various tests, including structural magnetic resonance imaging (SMRI) scans. Over the course of two years they also performed various tests around cognition, not just once, but lots of times. The scans revealed that the anticholinergic meds were causing brain shrinkage.
The effects were widespread. Medicated patients showed atrophy in both hemispheres. The whole of the external layer of neural tissue covering their brains was affected!
Their temporal lobes were thinner too. These are the areas used for language, turning sensory input into meaningful memories, and connecting responses with events and emotions (like run away from that giant spider, for instance).
They also had lateral ventricles larger than the ones found in those not taking medications and this is quite a tell-tale sign. Studies like the one in a 2012 edition of the journal Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, show that lateral ventricles grow larger as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease progress.
The cognitive functioning tests showed equally gloomy results.
Drug-takers performed worse on memory and recall, on executive decision-making and control, and on logical associations too.
These are all debilitating deficits that would cause anyone to question the sense in taking these drugs.
So, what are anticholinergics?
Their job is to block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the nervous system. The trouble with this though, is that acetylcholine is involved in lots of processes in the body.
Anticholinergics are used to treat:
- asthma and other respiratory problems
• allergies (Antihistamines)
• dizziness and motion sickness (antiemetics)
• muscle pain or spasms (muscle relaxants and antispasmodics)
• high blood pressure,
• abnormal heart rhythm (antiarrhythmics)
• Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and depression (antipsychotics and tricyclic antidepressants).
That’s quite a broad range of ailments that seniors are more likely to find themselves needing treatment for, but which they should avoid due to the risk of brain atrophy from the meds.
Scientists have expressed their concerns on this issue before: an article published in 2009 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine refers to a study on 4,128 women and 2,784 men aged 65 and older.
It drew the same unpleasant conclusions about the debilitating effects of anticholinergics.
Protect Yourself from Memory Loss – This Nutrition Reverses Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
Natural health advocates have praised this nutrition for a long time, but it has fallen on the deaf ears of traditional medical practitioners.
But doctors are probably going to wake up soon, as a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry revealed the amazing benefits of this nutrition for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
Not only will it help those who take it, it will also benefit generations down the road.
Choline is a substance that resembles a vitamin. It is water soluble and, while your liver produces it in small amounts, you consume most of it through your diet. That is why it is called an essential nutrient.
Researchers have known for some time that high homocysteine levels in your body can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. It has also been scientifically established that choline can reduce your homocysteine levels.
This made scientists wonder whether choline supplementation could be used to combat Alzheimer’s disease.
To investigate this, they bred mice to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s, after of which they put them on a regime of choline supplementation.
They then encouraged these mice to breed with each other, producing the first generation of new mice. The new mice did not receive any choline supplements aside from that which they received through their mothers’ intake inside the womb and during lactation.
Still, their brains displayed certain characteristics that make Alzheimer’s unlikely.
The researchers then encouraged them to breed with each other, thereby creating a second generation who never received any form of choline supplementation, not even through their mothers’ diets in the womb.
Surprisingly, even this generation enjoyed the structural brain benefits that reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The researchers concluded that their mothers’ and grandmothers’ intake of choline supplements made the necessary modifications to their genes.
Choline makes two important changes.
Firstly, as mentioned earlier, homocysteine is an amino acid that causes Alzheimer’s-related changes in our brains, such as the formation of amyloid plaques. Choline reduces our homocysteine levels and thus prevents these brain changes.
Secondly, Alzheimer’s sufferers have overactive microglia, which are cells that clean up dead cells and other waste products from our brains. When these become overactive, they cause inflammation and the death of neurons in our brains.
Choline can reduce the overactivity of these microglia and can thus prevent the brain damage that they might cause.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey statistics that was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the choline intake of Americans is far below the recommended daily intake, but due to the fact that choline deficiency does not have any immediate symptoms in the short term, it is generally not recognized as a problem.
If you would rather obtain it from food than from supplements, then you have lots of options.
You can find Choline in liver, eggs, milk, beef, chicken, salmon, shrimp, soybeans, tofu, other beans, wheat germ, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds.
So, it is ideal that healthy varied diet should include enough Choline.
To protect yourself from memory loss, there is another ingredient that is even more crucial and immediately important for brain health aside from Choline. And you can only get this ingredient in one way, as explained here…
Protect Yourself from Memory Loss – This Strong Cheese Stops Alzheimer’s and Keeps You Young
It’s smelly and it’s strong, and you’ll either love it or hate it.
If you love it, you’re in luck, because a new research that came out of Israel shows that this stinky cheese boosts your circadian clock, which could reverse age-related dementia and keep you young.
If you hate it, however, there are fortunately some good alternatives.
Israeli researchers published an article in Cell Metabolism that demonstrated how bleu cheese could keep you young and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
This effect stems from an ingredient called spermidine, which is also present in corn, green peas, and soybeans.
This is how it works:
Polyamines are compounds found in all living cells. In the human body, they regulate the internal clock that determines when cells die, how fast they grow, and how fast they proliferate. Experts refer to this internal clock as your circadian rhythm.
To remain young and healthy, aging cells need to be replaced by new cells that grow and proliferate quickly, and for this to happen, your circadian rhythm needs to run fast.
The Israeli research team hypothesized that if polyamines were responsible for keeping your circadian rhythm going, they should be able to speed your circadian rhythm up by feeding you polyamines, and can also slow your circadian rhythm down by preventing your body from producing and using polyamines.
They put this to the test in mice. First, they treated young mice with a drug that inhibited their bodies production of polyamines. Consistent with their theory, the circadian clocks of these mice slowed down by approximately 11 minutes per day, as compared to the untreated mice.
To test the second half of their theory, they gave a group of adult mice polyamine, which was mixed into their drinking water. The edible form of polyamines, or in this case, the drinkable form, is called spermidine, the substance found in bleu cheese, green peas, soya beans, corn, and, yes, male sperm.
Also consistent with their predictions, the circadian clocks of these adult mice ran eight minutes faster as compared to the untreated mice.
As mice, human beings, and other living organisms age, their bodies produce fewer polyamines. As a result, their circadian clocks slow down, their cells die, and new cells grow and proliferate at such a slow rate that the dying cells are not replaced. This causes a wide range of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and many more.
What these researchers have therefore proven is that a nutritional supplement can prevent the natural slowdown of the circadian clock and its accompanying age-related diseases by supplying your body with the crucial substance it needs but no longer produces when it ages.
The Israeli researchers were not sure whether this result could be replicated in human beings, something that scientists will want to do next. They did, however, warn that people should not rush out and stack their supermarket trolleys with only spermidine-laden foods.
Polyamines play numerous roles in your body, of which many are not yet understood. For example, rapid cell proliferation might be a good thing when you are trying to stay young, but it is also responsible for the growth of cancerous tumors. In fact, tumors are especially rich in polyamines. However, at this stage, scientists suspect that they exacerbate rather than cause the tumors.
Still, the Israeli scientists are probably right when warning you to avoid a diet that primarily contains spermidine. Just eat your regular bleu cheese. It may keep your circadian clock going and could possibly fend off Alzheimer’s disease.
For more ideas to protect yourself from memory loss, watch this video – Avoiding Memory Loss
By Christian Goodman, natural health researcher and creator of the Brain Booster Program. In this program, he reveals a surprising cause of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia – recently discovered by researchers from one of the most respected universities in the world. He then comes up with a set of brain exercises – based on this discovery – that have helped hundreds of people to restore their brain function and memory. The exercises are so simple and easy, even people in the middle stage disease-related memory loss can use them. And they’re so effective that many people report a sharper, clearer mind, the very first day.
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