Brain Anti-Aging with Nutrition
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
As your brain atrophies with age it becomes progressively more laden with plaques and tangled proteins – it is not a pretty picture. Initial damage is reflected in loss of cognitive ability and then proceeds to mild cognitive and memory impairment. Sliding further down the slope one encounters more significant memory loss and dementia, eventually leading to Alzheimer’s disease. As function declines plaque and damaged proteins accumulate.
A newly published review of the state of the science regarding brain health1 shows that nutrients match or exceed pharmacological drug benefits in double-blind, randomized, controlled trials, with superior safety.
The sooner you act to reverse a problem the more success you are likely to have. A comprehensive approach with nutrition is your best option. It should focus on B vitamins (B6, B12, folate, pantethine), antioxidants and flavonoids (vitamin C, tocotrienol E, grape seed extracts, blueberries), essential fatty acids like DHA, and other potent brain builders like phosphatidylserine, acetyl-L-carnitine, and R-alpha lipoic acid.
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