Can you protect your brain against Alzheimers Dementia?





Alzheimers, Parkinson's and other Neurodegenerative diseases are on the rise. One of the scariest things we face as we age is losing our ability to function and reason on a coherent level.

Celebrities like Michael J. Fox are bringing Parkinson's disease to the limelight, scientists hope that a cure will be available within decades.

However, right now, a cure for diseases like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's isn't available, so it's upon us to make sure we do everything we possibly can to prevent these diseases before they set in permanently. The available prescription drugs are failing to inhibit progression, and the only thing we can do before it's too late is to make sure we're getting proper cellular nutrition. Studies have shown that one of the largest causes - if not the only cause - of neurodegenerative diseases is oxidative stress. Because some antioxidants have difficulty in passing the blood brain barrier, it takes concentrated efforts to keep our brains functioning and in good shape for our entire lives.

Neurodegenerative Diseases

Two of the most common forms of neurodegenerative diseases are Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, with Alzheimer's leading the pack, affecting millions of people every year. Alzheimer's is a dementia disease, wherein brain cells begin to die and cause loss of mental function.

The most common symptoms of a neurodegenerative disorder include:

• Recurrent memory loss.
• Trouble speaking.
• Difficulty with routine tasks.
• Loss of time and space recognition.
• Personality and extreme mood changes.
• Increasing passivity.


Free Radicals and the Brain

In order to keep our brain healthy, it's very important to have a good diet, get plenty of exercise and consider starting a routine of quality nutritional supplements. The brain is, by far, the most important organ we have, as it controls everything we think, do, and accomplish. If we don't make efforts to clear out the free radicals in the brain, degeneration will begin to occur on a daily basis. However, because of the bias doctors have against nutritional supplements, you may not be aware of just how important cellular nutrition is.

Brain cells should be protected more so than any other cells in our body for one very good reason - they do not regenerate. Once most brain cells die, they're gone forever, unlike other cells in our body. And making sure you get the proper brain nutrition can be tricky, as the blood brain barrier is thick and difficult for many antioxidants to pass through. While eating healthy is a good first step, because of the degradation of our food supply you can't just depend on your fruits and veggies to keep your brain healthy anymore.

Most importantly, you should be getting a good mix of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Certain substances in each of these categories work in tandem to traverse the blood brain barrier and neutralize oxidized free radicals before they can do damage. Specifically, it's important to diminish the amount of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum in the brain.

And, of course, your best bet, even while taking quality nutritional supplements is to avoid free radicals and heavy metals as much as possible.

Avoid using aluminum or aluminum-based products. And if you're having a cavity filled, make sure your dentist is using mercury-free fillings. In addition, be aware of the mercury content in your food.

Important Supplements for Brain Health

So we've determined that the health of your brain is incredibly important in living a long, quality life. We've also determined that it's difficult for some substances to pass through the blood brain barrier. So in all of this, which supplements are the most important and most effective in fighting off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?

Besides avoiding free radicals as much as possible, one of the best things you can do for your body right now is to begin taking a CoQ10 supplement. CoQ10 (coenzyme Q-10) is one of the most potent complexes for boosting brain health. Studies have shown that many people who suffer from Alzheimer's are actually deficient in this very important compound.

Vitamin E is one of Mother Nature's wonder antioxidants. It's scientifically proven to be fat soluble and able to cross the blood brain barrier. As it enters the brain, it neutralizes and whisks away many of the free radicals that, if left unchecked, could lead to Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease.

You've probably heard a lot about the importance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and the best way to get those is through fish oil supplements. These compounds are very potent antioxidants and potentially very helpful in brain health.

However, one supplement you may not have heard of is grape seed extract. This powerfully packed bioflavonoid mixture is gaining ground in the alternative health community as a potential deterrent for a multitude of diseases. Best of all, it crosses the blood brain barrier with ease, taking your fight against neurodegenerative diseases to the next level.

Ginkgo biloba is widely touted as a "brain herb" -- many people believe it enhances memory function and even helps dissuade the onset of Alzheimer's. While the scientific community is slow in catching up to what millions of people already believe, studies have shown that, when taken with vitamin E, it's effectiveness on the brain is increased.

Studies have also recently shown a direct connection between calcium and Alzheimer's disease. As an important substance for the brain, when calcium levels are depleted, brain cells are damaged irrevocably. It's important to get your calcium from good, healthy sources like green, leafy vegetables, but because of the degradation of our food supply, you should also consider taking between 1500 and 2000 mg of calcium daily.

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