Brain Healthy Ways to Help Stave Off Alzheimers

Tara Weng of Knowmore.TV wrote a great article on “6 ‘Brain Healthy’ Ways to Help Stave Off Alzheimer’s” this week.  It included many of the things we have been talking about over the past 20 years, things we’ve identified as the “4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention™”.    Read the article yourself at  http://knowmore.tv/men-2/6-brain-healthy-ways-to-help-stave-off-alzheimers/.

And check out the 4 Pillars at http://www.alzheimersprevention.org/intro_4_pillars.htm.  You’ll be glad you did.

The Most Life-Extending Antioxidant You Can Take

Oxidative stress and the damaging free radicals it produces is the byproduct of normal metabolic activities – breathing, digestion, fighting infection, and even strenuous exercise.  Factors like environmental pollutants, smoking and drinking are major contributors too. 

Over time, oxidative stress accelerates the aging process and dramatically increases your risk of developing a multitude of illnesses including Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease and immune disorders.

While you can’t eliminate all sources of oxidative stress from your life, there are nutritional supplements you can take with powerful antioxidant properties that scavenge free radicals inside and outside your cells to render them harmless.

Alpha-lipoic acid, called the “universal antioxidant” by leading researchers, is one of the very best nutritional supplements you can take to slow down the aging process and protect yourself from the killer diseases that can develop after years of cellular damage from oxidative stress.

Here’s what the research shows:(1)

  • Unlike most antioxidants, ALA can cross the blood brain barrier to protect your brain cells from free radical damage that can lead to Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.
  • Because it is both water-soluble and fat-soluble, ALA has the unique ability of penetrating every part of the cell to stop disease-causing free radical damage.
  • ALA has been shown in numerous studies to improve glucose tolerance thus helping to combat type II diabetes.
  • When taken along with acetyl-L carnitine, studies show that ALA restores mitochondrial function to youthful levels, helping to keep these cellular powerhouses strong and healthy.
  • In animal studies, ALA decreased body fat and triglyceride levels while reducing the formation of lesions in large blood vessels that cause atherosclerosis.
  • ALA has been shown to cause the death of cancer cells and inhibit their proliferation in both pancreatic and ovarian cancer cell types. 
  • When applied in a topical cream, ALA reduced the effects of sun damaged skin on middle-aged women.

While ALA is a superstar nutrient on its own, it’s a first-rate team player too.  This means that it recycles and regenerates other potent antioxidants like vitamins C and E, and CoQ10, enabling their disease-fighting properties to work longer and more effectively in your body.

Perhaps most importantly, ALA increases your body’s production of its own powerful natural antioxidant, glutathione.   Reduced glutathione production due to natural aging leaves you vulnerable to decreased energy production and increased susceptibility to life-threatening diseases.

As you can see, numerous scientific studies show that alpha-lipoic acid should be at the top of your list to fight the disease-causing effects of oxidative stress and reverse the signs of aging.

  1. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/jun2008_Reducing-Aging-Markers-With-Lipoic-Acid_01.htm?source=search&key=alphalipoic%20acid

 

 

 

 

 

March Contest Theme – Join Us!

To commemorate ARPF’s 20th Anniversary, you are invited to participate in our monthly contests.  We just concluded the February contest- Congratulations to Denese Schmelzkopf for her nomination of her favorite Senior- her husband- Richard Schmelzkopf!  We received a lot of great entries, each with amazing stories of favorite seniors across the country.

Because we received such a great response in February, ARPF wants to give you another chance to win some amazing prizes.  For full contest rules, please click here.

MARCH CONTEST: “What is Your Favorite Brain Exercise?”

 March is Brain Awareness!

Tell us your favorite brain exercise and why. Include writings, samples, pictures, etc. Remember the more information you include, the more likely you are to win!

Submit your entry to: contest@alzheimersprevention.org by Sunday, March 24th. When you submit your nomination, send us your mailing address so you can claim your prize or surprise gift.

Yes, there are prizes!  Everyone who submits a nomination for their favorite senior will receive a surprise gift from the ARPF.

We are looking for TWO winners for the month of March!  Each winner will receive the GRAND Prize-  a puzzle donated by Puzzles To Remember.

Submit Your Entry for Favorite Brain Exercise by Clicking Here!!!

Thank you for celebrating with us.

Good Luck!

Questions? Please contact us at 888.908.5766 or email Heilee O’Quinn at heilee@alzheimersprevention.org.

Please note: By participating in the contest, you give ARPF permission to use all or part of your submission on all marketing materials, websites, newsletters, social media, etc.  

Huperzine A: An All-Natural Secret Weapon Against Brain Aging

Anyone interested in brain health and longevity should be aware of an extract known as huperzine A, a phytonutrient from the Chinese club moss plant, Huperzia serrata.

According to Chinese researchers, huperzine A helps people with Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain disorders by promoting nerve cell growth, enabling brain cells to better communicate.(1)

Another important benefit of huperzine A is protecting acetylcholine, one of your most important neurotransmitters from chemical breakdown in the brain.  Because acetylcholine is a key player in memory function and learning,  dwindling levels are a major contributor to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

There are numerous pharmaceutical drugs on the market that inhibit the breakdown of acetylcholine.  Huperzine A has been shown to work as well or better than many of these expensive drugs without the common side effects.

Here’s an example.  Studies have shown that compared to Alzheimer’s drugs like donepezil and galantamine, huperzine A crosses the blood-brain barrier more easily, has greater bioavailability, and has longer lasting benefits.(2) Read the rest of this entry »

February 20 Day LOVE Challenge

In honor of our loved ones and on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, ARPF launched the February 20 Day LOVE Challenge: Who’s Your Favorite Senior?

Share your love by telling us who your favorite senior is and why. The more detailed information, the more likely you are to win! We’d love to see a picture too!

Submit your entry to: contest@alzheimersprevention.org by Sunday, February 24th. We will announce the winner on Tuesday, February 26th.

The grand prize for the February 20 Day Love Challenge is – appropriately – the hardcover edition of “The Crazy Sexy Kitchen” Cookbook.*  But don’t worry – there will be gifts for every entry! In fact, everyone who submits a nomination for their favorite senior will receive a surprise gift from the ARPF. When you submit your nomination, make sure you send us your mailing address so you can claim your prize or surprise gift.

Join the 20 Day LOVE Challenge NOWcontest@alzheimersprevention.org.

Please note: By participating in the contest, you give ARPF and its affiliates permission to use all or part of your submission on all marketing materials, websites, newsletters, social media, etc.

*Not familiar with this new cookbook? Here is one endorsement: “Kris Carr titillatingly turns a supermarket into a pharmacy.” — Dr. Mehmet Oz

ARPF Offer Contests for 20th Anniversary

Did you know that ARPF turns 20 this year?

To commemorate this milestone, we are celebrating by providing MONTHLY contests through 2013 – giving you multiple chances to win some amazing prizes!!  

Each month will have a new contest theme giving you the opportunity to share your expertise, stories and/or photographs.  

We will roll out the contest theme for the month and directions on the 1st  Monday of the month and allow you 20 days to submit your entry.   

Submitting is Easy! Just email your entry to contest@alzheimersprevention.org by the deadline date. We will announce the winner the next business day following the close of the contest.

We  hope you will enter one (or more!) contests throughout the year. We encourage you to follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter and our website at www.alzheimersprevention.org

FEBRUARY CONTEST: “Who’s Your Favorite Senior?”

 

February is the month of love: Valentine’s Day! 

Share your love by telling us who your favorite senior is and why.  The more detailed information, the more likely you are to win! We’d love to see a picture too! 

Submit your entry to: contest@alzheimersprevention.org by Sunday, February 24th. When you submit your nomination, send us your mailing address so you can claim your surprise gift.

Yes, there are prizes!  Everyone who submits a nomination for their favorite senior will receive a surprise gift from the ARPF, and the grand prize winner will receive “The Crazy Sexy Kitchen” Cookbook.  

Submit your Favorite Senior Today!!!

 Thank you for celebrating with us.

 Good Luck!

 Please note: By participating in the contest, you give ARPF and its affiliates permission to use all or part of your submission on all marketing materials, websites, newsletters, social media, etc. 

 Questions? Please contact us at 888.908.5766 or email Heilee O’Quinn at heilee@alzheimersprevention.org

Vinpocetine: Food for Thought

One of the unfortunate consequences of aging is sluggish blood flow to your brain.   This means that even though you’re eating the right foods, your brain may not be receiving all the nutrients it desperately needs to function at its best.

There’s a natural solution to this problem in a specific nutrient called vinpocetine.   This natural compound comes from the periwinkle plant and is used all over the world to treat vascular dementia and other cognitive disorders.

Vinpocetine works by dilating (opening up) the blood vessels to enhance blood flow to specific regions of the brain and improve the utilization of glucose and oxygen.  It increases energy metabolism in the brain and even helps to reduce blood clotting, making it an effective deterrent to stroke.  

In people with Alzheimer’s disease, age-related memory decline and stroke, vinpocetine has been shown to enhance overall brain function and cognitive ability.  It appears to work by increasing healthy blood flow to the entire damaged region of the brain.  In Europe where vinpocetine is sold under the brand name Cavinton, 75 to 80% of people with various cerebrovascular disorders have shown improvement on measures of cognitive function.(1)

In a study of elderly people with chronic cerebral dysfunction, 42 patients were givien 10 mg of vinpocetine three times a day for 30 days, then 5 mg three times a day for 60 days.

Placebo tablets were given to another 42 patients for the 90-day trial period.  Patients on vinpocetine scored consistently better in all evaluations, including measurements on the Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scale, the Sandoz Clinical Assessment Geriatric (SCAG) scale, and the Mini-Mental Status Questionnaire (MMSQ).  No serious side effects were noted.(2)

More recent studies indicate that vinpocetine also offers direct protection against neurological aging.  It has been shown to maintain electrical conduction between brain cells and to provide protection from damage caused by excessive intracellular release of calcium.(2)

As a potent natural antioxidant, vinpocetine reduces oxidative stress and the free radicals that can damage delicate brain cells. 

In order to derive the greatest benefits from vinpocetine’s ability to improve cerebral blood flow, it is important to ensure you are consuming a brain-healthy diet.  Be sure to include generous daily servings of essential fatty acids, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and B-vitamin-boosting whole grains along with a daily dose of vinpocetine. 

While you’re taking vinpocetine you’ll be pleased to know that its benefits  go far beyond brain health.  One study showed that it protects the retina from the hepatitis B virus.  In animal studies, vinpocetine was shown to protect against gastric lesions caused by excessive alcohol consumption. 

References

 

  1. http://www.lef.org/abstracts/codex/vinpocetin_index.htm?source=search&key=vinpocetine.

 

  1. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag98/dec98-cover.html?source=search&key=vinpocetine.

 

 

 

 

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