Archive for December, 2013
Could an unusual Asian bird with black bones be the source of a nutrient that can protect your brain as you age? Respected researchers believe it can. And, luckily, you don’t have to go searching for this exotic creature to reap the nutritional benefits contained in its muscle tissue. It’s available much closer to home. Read on for more. . .
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As traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) becomes more accepted around the world, researchers are discovering areas where this Asian medical system overlaps with Western medicine. And sometimes these congruent areas of therapy occur in the oddest places.
For instance, a thousand years ago, the meat of the Chinese bird called the black-bone silky fowl began to earn renown as an anti-aging tonic.
Aside from the health reputation of its meat, the bird is odd because beneath its snowy, white feathers are black colored skin, black meat and black bones.
Its strange appearance hasn’t slowed its popularity in China. Eating this bird is believed to relieve menstrual cramps and postpartum disorders, lower the risk of diabetes, prevent anemia, improve muscle strength, boost brain power and generally fight aging.
Medical researchers believe they have discovered the source of the bird’s impressive reputation. An analysis of the meat shows it’s rich in carnosine, a peptide (protein component) that is already available as a dietary supplement in the U.S.
In your body, carnosine collects in the brain and muscles. It is so versatile in promoting the health of so many parts of the body (including the brain) that researchers have been hard at work trying just to figure out how it penetrates so many important organs. They’re still not sure.
When it comes to protecting the brain against Alzheimer’s and dementia, researchers have identified several ways that carnosine can help.
One of its most important roles is the promotion of healthy mitochondria, the small structures in every cell (including brain cells) that produce the energy necessary for physiological functions. When you suffer brain maladies like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, the mitochondria frequently begin to malfunction.
According to researchers in Italyi, carnosine “completely rescues AD (Alzheimer’s disease) and aging-related mitochondrial dysfunctions.”
When the scientists tested the effects of supplemental carnosine on lab animals who were suffering the rodent equivalence of Alzheimer’s, they found that not only did the animals shrug off Alzheimer’s, but their mitochondria began functioning at a higher capacity than animals who had never even had Alzheimer’s!
If that works with humans, too, I believe I want to try it!
As the scientists are quick to point, “The functional role of carnosine is still not completely understood…” But they note that it is a chelating agent that can remove harmful metals from the brain, as well as an antioxidant and free-radical scavenger that can intervene in oxidative harm to brain cells. (Free radicals are caustic substances that are blamed for many chronic conditions in the body. Antioxidants can defuse their destructive actions.)
Further research has shown that carnosine, in combination with other antioxidant nutrients, can protect the brain against the destructive effects of strokeii. When researchers at the Medical College of Georgia gave carnosine along with blueberry, green tea and vitamin D3 to laboratory animals who had suffered strokes, they found that the animals grew back new brain neurons at an accelerated rate.
”The numbers of new neurons found in the damaged brain of the treated (animals) was significantly higher,” says researcher Paula Bickford. Bickford has also performed research in the elderly indicating that carnosine can improve thinking abilities as you age.iii
Aside from its usefulness in defending your brain, carnosine may be able to help you fend off the viruses that cause the cold and flu. Researchers think that it’s the carnosine in chicken soup that is at least partly responsible for making it such a popular tonic for those felled by respiratory infectionsiv.
Henry sits silently, slumped in his wheelchair, barely able to move or respond verbally. He is 92 years old and has dementia. But then something extraordinary happens. He speaks animatedly for the first time in years, answers questions and recalls lost memories.
Henry has come to life.
How could such a remarkable transformation come about? Keep reading. . .
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.”
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Henry comes alive when headphones are put over his ears. He is listening to some of his favorite music. His eyes open wide, he starts swaying and singing. After the headphones are removed, he is able to talk about the music he loves.
“I’m crazy about music. Cab Calloway was my number one band-guy I liked,” he says, before giving us a performance of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Henry was one of a number of patients featured in a documentary called Alive Inside, premiered in New York in April, 2013. The film demonstrates the positive effects of music on patients like him.
Singing for The Brain
The Alzheimer’s Society in the UK runs a program called Singing for The Brain. Patients in group classes respond to music, especially old songs they once knew and loved. They get used to using their voices again, and the benefits last, because they continue to engage in conversations when they get home. For many, it is the highlight of their week.
A recent study carried out at an East Coast care home found that singing popular songs from musicals like The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma had a beneficial effect on patients with moderate to severe dementia. They scored better on cognitive and drawing tests and reported a better quality of life.
Many studies have reported improved mental ability, mood, attention and general cognitive skills from listening to music. Music can also enhance social interaction and improve how long and how well a person sleeps.
The well-known neurologist and author Olive Sacks states that “the power of music is very remarkable. One sees Parkinsonian patients unable to walk, but able to dance perfectly well or patients almost unable to talk who are able to sing perfectly well.
“Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience. Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring with it memory. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can.”
You Need to Flex Your Memory Muscles
Exactly how music has this effect isn’t known for sure, but it is known to influence many areas of both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The amygdala is an area of the brain that holds our emotional memory. Anything that is a stimulus to our emotions will bring back these memories, and that’s what music does.
Also, musical knowledge is stored in procedural or muscle memory, the kind associated with routines and repetitive activities. This part of the mind remains largely intact in dementia patients.
There’s no doubt that singing and listening to music is beneficial to dementia sufferers. But is it also useful for prevention? The good news is that regular playing of a musical instrument will lower your chances of succumbing to dementia. According to one study, those who spend the most time playing a musical instrument have a 63% lower risk of dementia.
So dust off the violin that’s been sitting idle for far too long, or if you don’t play an instrument, it’s never too late to learn. And it might just protect you from this devastating illness.
There’s no question that testosterone can be a great help to the aging brain and the aging body. It can boost muscle strength, help brain power, and even decrease chronic pain.
But is it safe to use? For a full review of this subject, I recommend our Special Report Maximum Manhood. But some new studies have come out since we published the report. Here’s a look at the findings…
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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. . .
A study of heart patients at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals claims to show that using testosterone supplements increases the risk of heart problems in older men. But research at Boston University appears to show just the opposite:i In the BU study, when men short of testosterone started to take supplements, their heart health improved.
What should you believe?
Well, first, let’s look at some of testosterone’s impressive benefits that researchers are still exploring.
Increasing Muscle Strength
Testosterone stimulates muscle. Research in Australia shows that taking oral supplements of testosterone may be able to prevent muscle loss and possibly promote muscle growth in both men and women. (Although testosterone is normally thought of as the male hormone, women have it at lower levels.)
According to these scientists, when you swallow testosterone supplements, the hormone is sent directly to the liver where it stimulates muscle growth and increases in muscle strength. They also say that this method of supplementation avoids the side effects that may occur when you take larger doses in an injection or via gels and patches placed on the skin.
“The novel aspect of this research is that only the liver gets tickled with testosterone. It is a new way of using an old hormone,” says researcher Ken Ho of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney.iii
“This is a great advantage because it avoids the unpleasant behavioral effects of high doses of testosterone injected into the bloodstream and the masculinizing effects in women.”
“We saw that low dose testosterone, taken orally, had the same magnitude of effect on whole body protein metabolism as when it is injected in larger doses in men,” says researcher Vita Birzniece. “This is really hopeful, because if we can see the same effect on protein metabolism at this stage, we believe it will translate into the same increase in muscle mass that we see from testosterone delivered systemically, yet avoiding all the unpleasant side effects.”
Research on the effects of giving testosterone to older men has established that it can improve their intellectual abilities. More recent studies on postmenopausal women also show that it improves their word skills and memory.
The latest study, also carried out in Australia, was performed on 92 older women ages 55 to 65. Half of these women were told to apply testosterone gel daily for seven months.iv
The women who used testosterone enjoyed a significant improvement in verbal learning and memory. In addition, these women reported no major side effects from using the gel. Their testosterone levels increased with treatment but remained in the normal female range.
Although the scientists involved in the study want to perform further research, they emphasize that their experimental results are important: “There is no effective treatment to date to prevent memory decline in women, who are at higher risk of dementia than men,” says Susan Davis of Monash University in Melbourne.
Testosterone Improves Pain Tolerance
A study at the Harvard Medical School examined men with low testosterone caused by long term use of pain killers to deal with chronic pain. Opioid pain treatments, which include morphine, oxycodone, codeine and fentanyl, are among the most widely prescribed medications in the U.S. today. One of their unfortunate side effects is a drop in testosterone. The Harvard researchers found that the men they studied, on average, enjoyed better pain tolerance when they took testosterone.
“In this study, we attempted to determine whether testosterone replacement improves pain perception and tolerance, and quality of life in men with low testosterone levels due to narcotic analgesics,” says the study’s lead author Shehzad Basaria, M.D. “We found that testosterone administration in these men was associated with a greater reduction in several measures of pain sensitivity during laboratory pain testing compared with men who were on placebo.”ii
So what about the heart concerns linked to testosterone? While the study of heart patients at VA hospitals seemed to show a risk, some experts question the validity of the research results.v
“You need to be careful about the conclusion you draw from this study,” Dr. Warren Levy, a cardiologist and director of Virginia Heart, based in Virginia, told CNN. “The study is of men who had undergone cardiac catheterization – so that already selects out a higher-risk population. The conclusion may be that for men with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, testosterone therapy may increase risk slightly.”vi
And the VA study is contradicted by the study at Boston University. The BU study – which showed cardiovascular benefits for testosterone, not dangers — was performed on men who were clinically shown in blood tests to be low in testosterone. This group of men was not made up exclusively of heart patients. They are more representative of the broad population.
Of course, you should consult a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner before embarking on a testosterone program. You’ll have to in any case, if you choose pharmaceutical testosterone.
The research documented in our Special Report Maximum Manhood is overwhelming in its support for the benefits of keeping your testosterone at high levels. Plus the report unveils a wide range of natural ways to increase testosterone, and I suspect those have no risks at all, compared to patches and injections of the straight stuff, which is admittedly very powerful.
These days, a lot of people will tell you, “I do puzzles to keep my brain sharp.” But have you ever wondered if those endless crosswords and Sudokus actually make a difference in reducing “senior moments”… and possibly even dementia?
Scientists from Tel Aviv University have recently uncovered the answer … continue reading to find out!
The Ancient Memory-Boosting
Secret of Chinese Emperors
A note from Lee Euler
Our best-selling book Awakening from Alzheimer’s featured an ancient Chinese secret for boosting memory. Now I’m happy to tell you we have a recommended source for this supplement if you wish to try it.
I’ve been taking it myself, and I can feel the results. I’m thinking faster and more clearly than I have in years. This is definitely not one of the supplements where you take it and “nothing happens.”
So, what is this stuff? In ancient China, the emperor was believed to be the son of heaven. One of the perks of the job was that he was the only one allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him “nerves of steel and the memory of a lion.”
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Research from Tel Aviv University has proven that exercising your brain can truly make a difference in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. But the way it works might surprise you!
Alzheimer’s disease develops when certain types of proteins (called amyloid-betas) aggregate into plaques. These plaques build up between the nerve cells responsible for the brain’s electrical communication, causing the classic signs of dementia like slow speech and memory loss.
However, just as there are two types of cholesterol—one healthy and one dangerous—the same is true for amyloid proteins. Scientists now believe that a high level of amyloid-beta 40 is healthy, while amyloid-beta 42 is dangerous because it’s more likely to accumulate into plaques. If you have a high ratio of 40 to 42, you’re likely to be in good neurological shape.
So how does exercising your brain make a difference?
Here’s how it works, according to Nature Neuroscience
Dr. Inna Slutsky and her team showed that by using high frequency “bursts” of electricity in the animal hippocampus—the center of learning—they could increase the production of amyloid-beta 40.
This led the team to conclude that people who experience regular “bursts” of sensory experience can physically increase the level of amyloid-beta 40 in their brains. These kinds of bursts include environmental changes, new experiences, emotional reactions, and sessions of learning and focus (including completing crossword puzzles).1
Scientists are even optimistic that this discovery could, someday, lead to a gentle electric treatment for Alzheimer’s. But don’t worry—it would be pain-free! Says neurologist Amos Kocyzn, also from Tel Aviv University, “Unlike crude electroshock treatments used in schizophrenia, we are talking about a very delicate, gentle and highly focused electrical stimulation.”
How to create your own “bursts”
Prevention is always the best medicine. There are many easy, free ways to create the same types of electrical bursts in your own brain.
Each of these applications forces your brain to adapt, think differently, and re-wire your neural network in a process scientists call neuroplasticity.
- Read every day, and not just your normal fare. If you always read the newspaper or technical journals, try fiction, and vice versa.
- Do puzzles. Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, riddles, logic puzzles… anything that makes you stop and think for a period of time will do it.
- Learn a new language. A study performed at the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy showed learning a language causes significant brain development in the hippocampus (center of learning) and three areas of the cerebral cortex.“There is a lot to suggest that learning languages is a great way to keep the brain in shape,” said Johan Martensson, a psychology researcher at Lund University, Sweden.2
- Take an online course. Several universities offer free “open courses” with materials and lectures online. If you always meant to learn more about French culture or astrophysics, now is a great time to start!
When you perform “brain exercises” like these, you literally strengthen your brain, increase the strength and connectivity of your neural networks, and you get the benefits of increasing your levels of healthy amyloid-beta 40 proteins.
Whatever you decide to do, it’s my opinion that you should start soon. It’s never too late to start fighting Alzheimer’s disease.
How well your brain works depends on how well your synapses work. The synapses are the places where the brain’s neurons communicate with each other. As research shows, the reliability and efficiency of these communications depend on abundant levels of a certain mineral. And it just so happens that about half of us are dangerously low in that mineral. Keep reading to find out what it is…
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If you change your diet to make sure you get more of this mineral, there’s good evidence that your increased intake will improve the function of your synapses and protect your mental abilities against the hazards of aging.
The mineral in question is magnesium. And researchers are becoming convinced that when you run short of it your brain’s neurons and cognitive abilities can short out like a malfunctioning electric circuit.
Enhances brain power in young and old alike
A range of experiments during the past decade have shown that magnesium is a brain booster. For example, in tests on laboratory animals, researchers at MIT have demonstrated that magnesium can increase learning abilities and memory.
Using specialized magnesium supplements, Guosong Liu, who is now at the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, has shown that magnesium may enhance brain power in both the young and oldi.
“We found that elevation of brain magnesium led to significant enhancement of spatial and associative memory in both young and aged (animals),” says researcher Liu.
Liu and his fellow researchers examined how magnesium altered the functional and structural properties of synapses. They found that at any age, magnesium increased the adaptability of synapses while boosting the density of synapses in the hippocampus, the vital area that takes part in learning and memory.
“Half the population of the industrialized countries has a magnesium deficit, which increases with aging. If normal or even higher levels of magnesium can be maintained, we may be able to significantly slow age-related loss of cognitive function and perhaps prevent or treat diseases that affect cognitive function,” Liu says.
Aided brain development in animal trials
Research at Tel Aviv University in Israel supports the importance of magnesiumii.
In these tests, scientists compared the cognitive skills of two groups of animals. One was fed a normal diet while the other consumed magnesium supplements with their meals.
Behavioral tests found that cognitive functioning improved in the animals given supplements. These animals also grew extra synapses in their brains. Consequently, their brains were able to more effectively retain memories.
Although the supplements used in all of these research projects is not yet available to consumers, the researchers believe that all of us should be making an effort to eat more magnesium-rich foods. The supplements currently on the market are not believed to deliver magnesium very efficiently to the brain.
According to researcher Inna Slutsky of Tel Aviv University, eating meals that contain more magnesium won’t help your memory overnight, but if you eat those foods day after day you should experience a gradual improvement. She also believes your magnesium intake can fight the development of dementia and other signs of aging in your brain.
Rich sources of magnesium include dark, leafy vegetables like spinach as well as broccoli, cashews, almonds, and a variety of fruit. If you take in less than 400 milligrams a day, aside from the risk of potential cognitive difficulties, you increase your danger of heart problems, allergies and asthma.