Archive for October, 2013

  • Boost Your Brain With Blueberries

    If you want to maintain good mental performance throughout the day, or if you find yourself getting forgetful as you get older, help is now at hand – and it’s all thanks to a common fruit – blueberries. The benefits are really something else…

    Continued below…

    4 Deadly Mistakes that
    Kill Brain Cells and Wipe Out Your Memory

    Every day, you’re probably doing four things that shrink your brain—literally! These common, avoidable mistakes kill brain cells. They cause you to lose not only your memory but also your ability to think fast and make decisions.

    I know you’re probably making these four brain-killing mistakes because almost EVERYBODY makes them. And it’s easy to know you’re making these four mistakes because your body tells you.

    Don’t wait till things get really bad and you can’t remember the names and faces of those you love—or even how to eat or go to the bathroom! Yes, that’s what happens when you have dementia. It’s tragic AND it’s avoidable!

    If you take action when you first experience these symptoms, you can help avoid the risk of brain decay, age-related memory loss, foggy thinking and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead, you can hold on to your foolproof memory and “wow” your friends and family with your mental fitness for years to come.

    This is all explained in the first chapter of our new Special Report, How to Save Your Brainyou can read it for FREE if you click here.

    Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits — I’ve bought so many, the blueberry growers of the world owe me a vote of thanks. But my personal taste aside, blueberries are well known as a rich source of antioxidants and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

     Much of the research has focused on their cardiovascular benefits, but now their benefits for brain chemistry have become an exciting new area to investigate. It appears blueberries can potentially improve learning, memory and recall, and reverse age-related mental decline.

    Get a 20% boost in memory and concentration

    British researchers gave volunteers aged 18 – 30, and over 65, a morning smoothie made up of 200 grams of blueberries or an alternative drink. They found that 5 hours later concentration and memory were maintained in the blueberry group but fell 15 – 20% in those not drinking the smoothie.

    A U.S. study tested volunteers over 70 who had experienced forgetfulness and memory lapses. They drank either a pint a day of wild blueberry juice or grape juice. After 12 weeks the blueberry group saw word association tasks improve by up to 40% and ability to memorize lists improve by 33%. They performed much better than the grape juice group.

     Lead researcher Robert Krikorian said the blueberry group showed “improved performance on memory. They learned more effectively and were better able to recall what they learned.”

    Could these findings hold true in the workplace, boosting employees’ productivity? The Food Hospital, a Channel 4 television program aired in the UK, set about finding out.

    They tested whether the efficiency of the sales team of a busy media agency could be improved by drinking a blueberry smoothie for a week compared to drinking a banana smoothie for a week. Their findings showed significant improvement in mental tasks and productivity only with blueberries.

    CEO Greg Isbister was astonished:

    “The results were quite surprising. I wasn’t expecting such an obvious shift.”

    Daniel A. Nadeau, MD., former Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School in Boston, needs no further convincing: “I encourage patients to start their day with a blueberry smoothie.”

    If you want to keep your brain in top shape, it might be a good idea to take his advice.

    It’s the blue color that works these wonders

    These benefits come courtesy of the blueberry’s vast array of phytochemicals that not only act as antioxidants, mopping up cell damaging free radicals, but also protect against inflammation. Oxidative stress and inflammation are both thought to be important causes of impaired cognitive function.

    In particular, blueberries contain a group of phytochemicals called anthocyanins that give the fruit its deep blue color. Researchers believe these are responsible for many of the reported benefits of blueberries. Anthocyanins are able to cross the blood-brain barrier into an area of the brain called the hippocampus – where learning and memory functions take place.

     Findings from laboratory research and rodent models suggest that regular consumption of blueberries can improve oxygen and blood flow to the brain, increasing its activity. It can reduce the buildup of toxic compounds and keep the mind fresh. It can enhance connections between nerve cells, improving their ability to communicate and stimulate brain cell regeneration.

    Picking the best blueberries

    Blueberries can be expensive, especially in the off-season, but considering the benefits (and how good they taste), they’re worth it. Unfortunately, berries of all kinds tend to have the highest levels of pesticide residue you’ll find anywhere — if they’re grown the conventional way.

    For this reason, I’ve reluctantly given up conventional berries and buy only organic. If you insist on organic you’ll also find the berrries aren’t as widely available, but stores have gotten really good in recent years about carrying organic produce — especially blueberries. So this isn’t too much of a problem.

    During the winter months, blueberries come mainly from Chile and Argentina, including organic berries which those countries now seem to produce in great quantities. To be honest, I like the winter blueberries better because the varieties they grow in South America are plumper and tastier. But this past year, during the spring and summer months I noticed the South American varieties (or similar) are now being grown in the United States as well. Apparently the word got out.

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler
    Publisher

  • This Common, Everyday Food
    Is a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

        Kaizen is the Japanese art of creating real, lasting change in your life. (Or in your business, if you happen to run Toyota. The leading car manufacturer ascribes all of its success to the kaizen principle.)

        Kaizen works because it only asks for one small change at a time. And today, by making one small change to your diet, you can reduce the chronic inflammation that affects almost all of us and is linked to heart disease, arthritis, cancer, and many other ailments. And specifically you can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes because this food modulates blood sugar as well. If you already have diabetes, this may reduce your symptoms by 12% or more.

        I don’t know which is more exciting — the fact that this food is an across-the-board anti-inflammatory or the fact that it’s practically a natural "drug" to heal diabetes!

    Let me explain…


    The Secret of Enzymes Plus an Odd Fact:
    Most Health Foods are a Waste of Money

    By Lee Euler

    You can take vitamins, minerals and antioxidants by the handful and still suffer poor health. Now we know why. Our diets lack a vital food—a type of nutrient that even some alternative doctors don’t know about. I’m talking about enzymes.

    Thanks to enzyme supplements, a mother’s lifelong migraines disappeared, and a man with “terminal” kidney cancer was alive and well 15 years later. In fact, a great many cancer patients beat the disease and are still alive today thanks to enzymes.

    Enzymes are a key part of most alternative cancer treatment plans. More important: Even if you’re healthy today, taking enzymes is something you can and should do now to prevent not only cancer, but also heart disease, pain and diabetes and many other ailments.

    Enzyme supplements are among the top-selling pain-relievers in Germany and they’re even used by the German Olympic team. As for us older folks, research indicates that enzymes improve circulation and can outperform blood-clot and blood-thinning drugs. (Good-bye, warfarin!)

    They’ve even helped 9 out of 10 autistic children. A few months back I received a letter from a mother whose 7-year-old autistic son was almost completely cured after she read my Special Report called The Missing Ingredient, and then started giving him enzymes.

    This letter came to me out of the blue. The mother wrote, “He has basically been nonverbal until summer 2009, he started talking one day and has never stopped!!” She adds, “The enzymes have kept my 3-year-old son, Noah’s eczema AWAY! We are truly blessed, and I believe our Lord led me to you and your book.”

    How can ONE supplement possibly do all this? Just ask yourself: What if you were getting NO vitamins in your diet? You’d be very sick. This nutrient is just as important, and you’re getting almost none, if you’re like the typical American. Click here to learn more.

        In 1992, The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) started recruiting participants for an enormous study. The researchers collected seven years worth of data from over 520,000 people in ten European countries, from Norway to Greece.1

        One of the many things they found was that people from the Mediterranean region consumed far less saturated fat than did people from the north of Europe. Instead of using butter or animal fats, Greeks, Italians and Spaniards enjoyed the grassy taste of fresh olive oil, which is high in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs).

        Specifically, they concluded that using olive oil instead of butter reduces your chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 12%.2

        Here are four reasons why:

        #1. Olive oil helps control blood sugar. Type 2 diabetes is like being on a blood sugar roller coaster, caused by too little insulin production and/or insulin resistance. A 2006 study (unrelated to EPIC) showed that participants who used olive oil in their diets significantly lowered their blood sugar levels—by as much as 10%.3

        #2. Olive oil has anti-inflammatory qualities similar to ibuprofen. Inflammation is known to exacerbate or cause many diseases including type 2 diabetes.

        Yes, it’s a remarkable finding, but a 2005 study from Nature proved that olive oil’s oleocanthal has the same strength of anti-inflammatory power as over-the-counter ibuprofen, the ingredient in Advil. And of course natural anti-inflammatories like olive oil are much safer than anti-inflammatory drugs because the latter cause intestinal bleeding and ulcers.4,5

        According to the researchers, the more peppery the oil, the more oleocanthal it has.

        #3. Olive oil reduces insulin resistance. The KANWU study found that MUFAs like olive oil work to increase insulin sensitivity.6

        #4. Monounsaturated fats like olive oil don’t make you fat. One of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese. Saturated fats (like animal fats and butter) contribute to obesity (although carbohydrates are by far the biggest culprits). Saturated fat molecules literally stack up like Legos in your body. Monounsaturated fats, like olive oil, don’t stack. My non-expert (but well-informed) advice is to minimize fats from animal sources (meat and dairy) and pretty much eat all the saturated fats you want from avocado, coconut oil and nuts. The latter are EXTREMELY healthy. Do NOT try to avoid them.

        Choosing the best olive oil

        Unfortunately, not every olive oil is created equal. Some oils are so refined or stale ("rancid") that the oleocanthal has been completely oxidized out. Freshness is worth its weight in gold when it comes to olive oil. There are even mail order outfits that will rush you fresh-made olive oils for immediate consumption (expensive, needless to say).

        For us plebeians who have to buy at the supermarket, here are some quick tips for purchasing a high quality olive oil likely to be high in oleocanthal:

    • Make sure it’s extra virgin.
    • Look for the USDA Organic label on a dark glass bottle. This label guarantees your EVOO is 100% extra virgin, and the dark glass keeps the oleocanthal from oxidizing away.
    • Ensure that your oil of choice tastes and smells bright, grassy, or "green". Some stores will let you taste an olive oil before you purchase it.

        If you’re on friendly terms with your grocer, I’d even try to find out when a new delivery of your favorite brand is due — and buy it right away.

        A 12% lower risk of diabetes may be small, but it’s not insignificant. When it comes to your nutrition, kaizen is the most successful formula: take one small step at a time. Combine this with other techniques (like avoiding refined sugar and following an anti-inflammatory diet) and your risk for diabetes will only continue to drop.

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler
    Publisher


    References:


    1About Epic. The EPIC Project. The World Health Organization: International Agency for Research on Cancer.

    2Rossi M. Mediterranean diet and glycaemic load in relation to incidence of type 2 diabetes: results from the Greek cohort of the population-based European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). Diabetologia. 2013 Aug 22.

    3Estruch R. Effects of a Mediterranean-style diet on cardiovascular risk factors: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2006 Jul 4;145(1):1-11.

    4Beauchamp G. Phytochemistry: Ibuprofen-like activity in extra-virgin olive oil. Nature. 2005 September 1;(437)45-46.

    4Painkillers, ibuprofen—side effects. NHS Choices. 2012 Feb. 7.

    6Vessby B. Substituting dietary saturated fats for monounsaturated fat impairs insulin sensitivity in healthy men and women: The KANWU Study. Diabetologia. 2001 Mar;44(3):312-9.

  • Brain scientists marvel at this nutrient

        Taking hormones to fight aging can be an iffy proposition. But there’s one anti-aging hormone that is perfectly legal, very safe and that has garnered strong support from cutting-edge medical researchers. They marvel at its ability to support the aging brain and fight oxidative stress. And this inexpensive hormone is sitting on the shelves of practically every pharmacy in the country.

        Now, we’re not talking about body builders taking steroids to build muscle, or older women using hormone replacement therapy to stave off the discomforts of menopause. And it’s not human growth hormone that many people take to rejuvenate the body. What is it? Keep reading…

    Continued below…



    A Few Sips a Day, Keeps Cancer Away…

    Discover the Simple Secret That’s
    Already Saved Thousands of People
    Around The World from Deadly Cancers…

        The National Cancer Institute confirmed its effectiveness. When the results came in, the NCI researchers were amazed…

        In their experiments, cells from six of the deadliest cancers were knocked out — lung cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer and melanoma. In every test almost all of the cancer cells were dead. Wiped out within just 48 hours of being exposed one little-known cancer treatment…

    Imagine the millions of lives it could save,
    Then brace yourself for a shocking surprise…

    Click here to watch a FREE video presentation

        Supplementing with this hormone, whose production in the body falters as you age, is acquiring a growing reputation as a safe way to defend your mental and physical well-being as you grow older.

        The side effects of this hormone? It may help you sleep better and lose weight, effects that are a far cry from the potential cancers, heart problems and disrupted sexual function that may be the unintended results of taking other hormones.

        The benign hormone with the desirable side effects is melatonin. Your body makes this natural substance in the pineal gland, a diminutive, bean-sized organ within the brain, located in its very center, between the brain’s hemispheres.

        With the passing years, your pineal gland secretes less and less melatonin. Some researchers believe this falloff in the body’s melatonin production is a key factor that makes older people more susceptible to sleep problems and brain dysfunction.

    Combine it with this and get even better results

        A lab study in Barcelona, Spain, shows that a combination of exercise and melatonin may produce a synergistic benefit that defends the brain against mutations associated with Alzheimer’s disease. In this lab test on animals, a melatonin and exercise combination was shown to be effective against the harm linked to three different mutations.1

        “For years we have known that the combination of different anti-aging therapies such as physical exercise, a Mediterranean diet, and not smoking adds years to one’s life,” says researcher Coral Sanfeliu. “Now it seems that melatonin, the sleep hormone, also has important anti-aging effects.”

        The Spanish study demonstrated that melatonin protects brain tissue from oxidative damage and helps defuse impairments linked to amyloid beta peptide, a harmful protein that collects in the brain during the development of Alzheimer’s. In addition, the hormone helps maintain the mitochondrial function in brain cells. Mitochondria are the structures responsible for a cell’s energy production. Injury to the mitochondria often result in illnesses like Parkinson’s disease.

        “Even though many more studies and clinical tests are still required to assess the doses of melatonin which will be effective for a wide range of diseases, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of melatonin mean that its use is highly recommended for diseases which feature oxidative stress and inflammation,” says researcher Darío Acuña-Castroviejo.

        Acuña-Castroviejo believes melatonin can be useful for alleviating epilepsy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and even the aging process itself.

    Best ways to take it

        If you decide to take melatonin supplements, experts at the Mayo Clinic caution that it can interact with birth control pills, blood thinning pharmaceuticals, diabetes treatments and immunosuppressants.2 Those being treated with those types of medications should consult a doctor before taking melatonin pills.

        I might add that melatonin makes me hyper and disturbs my sleep patterns — a side effect that is probably rare for this highly-recommended supplement. Melatonin is also found in a variety of vegetarian foods including almonds, mustard, cherries, flax seed, Goji berries, cardamom, sunflower seeds, coriander, fenugreek and fennel.

        You may already know that melatonin supplements can help you sleep better. (And if you sleep in the complete dark, you help your body make more melatonin.) Research also shows that melatonin may encourage the body to make beige fat, a specialized fat tissue under the skin that burns off extra calories. Other studies have shown that melatonin can help reduce triglycerides (blood fats), boost HDL (good cholesterol) and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol.3

        Matter of fact, melatonin has so many benefits you may have trouble deciding which ones are the effects you’re aiming for and which are the “side effects.”

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler
    Publisher


    Footnotes from article:


    1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22177720

    2http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin-side-effects/AN01717

    3http://canalugr.es/health-science-and-technology/item/49083

  • This Herb from India has Been Proven to Stop and Even Reverse Brain Loss

        It used to be a cliché of western movies: an old-time medicine show would feature a pitchman working to convince an audience of gullible locals that his tonic could cure practically everything. Resuscitate your sex life. Reduce your stress. Ease anxiety. Fight nasty diseases like cancer. Soothe a cranky ulcer.

        If you heard that kind of talk today, you’d probably brush off the speaker as a snake oil salesman pushing a worthless product. But even though it sounds improbable, there actually is an herb from India that can do all these things, according to that country’s medical experts.

        And so far, nobody in a research lab has been able to prove them wrong.

        Keep reading and I’ll tell you more. . .

    Continued below…


    Read This Only if You
    Want to Double Your Testosterone
    Without a Prescription

    Doctors won’t tell you this because they don’t know. . .

    But all you need to double your testosterone level is a two-nutrient combo that you can buy over-the-counter.

    Your cost per day? About two bucks.

    Give your body these two foods and it will do the rest.

    Compare that to about $6,000 a year — $16 a day — for doctor-prescribed testosterone that actually damages your own body’s ability to make the testosterone you need to be a man. . .

    Get all the details here

        Matter of fact, studies on this herb, which has been used in traditional Indian medicine for more than 6,000 years, show it can give you impressive brain and other health benefits that scientists are only beginning to understand.

    An herb from the Ayurvedic tradition

        The herb, called ashwagandha, is a widely used botanical employed in Ayurvedic medicine, the ancient healing tradition of India. Also called Indian winter cherry and Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is considered a “Rasayana,” a medicinal plant known for its ability to make your mind and body function more effectively while lifting your mood.

        Although more study is needed to understand exactly how ashwagandha helps the brain stay healthy, the study results so far have been impressive. When researchers gave ashwagandha to animals that suffered the kind of damage seen in Alzheimer’s patients, they found proof that the herb can restore brain function elements that are destroyed when the brain starts to break down.

        In one Japanese study, scientists worked with animals that had amyloid peptide accumulation in their brains. The growth of amyloid peptide occurs when Alzheimer’s disease begins to affect memory. It makes up the brain plaques that are the main physical sign of the illness.

        Just as sludge can block plumbing, amyloid peptides can gum up the brain’s neural networks. They block nerve signals and set off damaging inflammation that can eventually destroy your ability to navigate daily life.1

        When these animals were given extracts from ashwagandha, the researchers discovered that the chemicals were converted into a substance called sominone that stimulated the reconstruction of brain structures. According to the scientists, it “significantly improved memory deficits… and prevented loss of axons, dendrites, and synapses.”

        Ashwagandha may help treat a wide range of other brain problems. In reviewing studies of the herb, researchers at the International Institute of Herbal Medicine in India emphasized, “There are dozens of studies that show that Ashwagandha slows, stops, reverses or removes neuritic atrophy and synaptic loss. Therefore Ashwagandha can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases at any stage of the disease, even before a person has been diagnosed and is still in the state of mild forgetfulness.”2

    Also helps relieve stress, soothe ulcers and quench free radicals

        Aside from these effects on the brain, a growing number of studies have shown that the natural chemicals in ashwagandha can support many other aspects of health. The herb helps protect mitochondria, the tiny structures that are often called the cell’s energy factories.3

        The herb has also been shown to offset the effects of stress and soothe stomach ulcers. At least part of its power, according to Indian scientists who have studied the plant, is due to its “potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.”4

        So you don’t need a pitch man at a medicine show to see the benefits of ashwagandha. Its potential protective properties are known to be far-reaching and profound.

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler
    Publisher


    Footnotes from article:


    1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16553605

    2http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/?report=classic

    3http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2963652/

    4http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252722/?report=classic

  • Bacteria May be Linked to Alzheimer’s

        When medical researchers look into the causes of a disease, bacteria or other microbes are often prime suspects. Taking that familiar approach, scientists recently compiled statistics on the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease around the world. They came to a disturbing conclusion about how bacteria may be implicated in this devastating form of dementia.

        But this story has a shocking twist. Keep reading and I’ll explain…

    Continued below. . .

    4 Deadly Mistakes that
    Kill Brain Cells and Wipe Out Your Memory

    Every day, you’re probably doing four things that shrink your brain—literally! These common, avoidable mistakes kill brain cells. They cause you to lose not only your memory but also your ability to think fast and make decisions.

    I know you’re probably making these four brain-killing mistakes because almost EVERYBODY makes them. And it’s easy to know you’re making these four mistakes because your body tells you.

    Don’t wait till things get really bad and you can’t remember the names and faces of those you love—or even how to eat or go to the bathroom! Yes, that’s what happens when you have dementia. It’s tragic AND it’s avoidable!

    If you take action when you first experience these symptoms, you can help avoid the risk of brain decay, age-related memory loss, foggy thinking and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Instead, you can hold on to your foolproof memory and “wow” your friends and family with your mental fitness for years to come.

    This is all explained in the first chapter of our new Special Report, How to Save Your Brainyou can read it for FREE if you click here.

        The findings in this study make me think of Alice going through the looking glass. They turn conventional notions upside down when it comes to what causes health problems. In light of what these researchers found, you may want to rethink a whole range of activities you perform in your home.

        Instead of identifying a microbe that causes Alzheimer’s, the researchers now believe it is the lack of bacteria that leads to an increased vulnerability to the disease.1

        Researchers at Cambridge University in England discovered that countries that enjoy the most wealth and have the best sanitation suffer the highest incidence of Alzheimer’s. This led the scientists to the conclusion that when you live in a very clean environment (think of a home that is spick and span), you are exposed to relatively few bacteria, viruses and other microbes that engage your immune cells.

        They believe that when your immune system is deprived of the normal rough and tumble of fighting off disease, it becomes prone to inflammation and damages the brain in ways that make it more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.

        This finding in relation to Alzheimer’s is an extension of what scientists call the "hygiene hypothesis:" the idea that when you live in an industrialized country like the United States, your lack of contact with microbes results in poor development of the blood cells the immune system uses to attack infectious organisms (T-cells).

        The T-cell system is supposed to limit inflammation, the process that normally protects against infection. A breakdown in the T-cell system leads to the inflammatory condition in the brain that eventually accelerates destruction of the organ’s neuronal connections.

        "The ‘hygiene hypothesis’, which suggests a relationship between cleaner environments and a higher risk of certain allergies and autoimmune diseases, is well- established. We believe we can now add Alzheimer’s to this list of diseases," says researcher Molly Fox.
    "There are important implications for forecasting future global disease burden, especially in developing countries as they increase in sanitation."

        I recently wrote about the dangers of our too-clean, too-sanitized society in our sister publication, Cancer Defeated. You can check out the article here.

        Fox’s study shows that differences in the rate of Alzheimer’s disease between countries can be partly explained by levels of sanitation, incidence of infectious disease and the percentage of the population that lives in cities. These three factors, respectively, explain 33%, 36% and 28% of the discrepancy in Alzheimer’s rates between countries.

        So does that mean you shouldn’t clean your house, wash your hands or avoid sick people if you want to help your immune system function better and protect your brain? Well, that may be carrying things too far. But some experts do advise:

    • Don’t use antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. For instance, many people take antibiotics when they have a cold, even though these bacteria-killing medications are useless against viruses. While doing nothing at all to kill the virus, a course of antibiotics DOES kill off the helpful bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract and which can limit inflammation.
    • Don’t use anti-bacterial soaps. There is no evidence these soaps improve health and there is some concern they can harm the beneficial bacteria that inhabit your skin. There’s also concern that the antibacterial chemicals pollute our environment and disrupt the microbe population of the soil.2
    • Eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, tempeh and yogurt. These foods contain probiotic bacteria that can boost your health.

        And while you probably still want to keep your house clean, it can’t hurt to exercise outdoors and engage in activities like gardening where you get your hands dirty.

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler
    Publisher


    Footnotes from article:


    1http://emph.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/08/11/emph.eot015
    2http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/12/triclosan-and-allergies-provocative-if-true/

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