Archive for February, 2014

  • B vitamin breakthrough is a super brain booster

    If you’re having frequent memory lapses, and you fear they could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s, this article is for you.

    At just 42, Lisa was in the same boat—and desperate for help.

    For Lisa, this scary story had a happy ending. She found complete relief by turning to a common nutrient, part of the B vitamin family. Keep reading and I’ll explain…

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    “It was a dramatic improvement. It was as though the fog cleared and I could once again remember, recall and focus with ease. Another bonus was an improvement in my moods, and even my sleep was sounder,” said Lisa.

    But this nutrient possessed the power to enhance her mental and emotional health because it came in a novel form, bound to another natural substance. Only in this new structure can it create more energy, better mood, increased concentration and improved memory.

    Citicoline – As Good As Drugs –
    Without The Side Effects

    The supplement that had such a dramatic effect is called citicoline or CDP-Choline.

    Choline has been tested in studies to treat dementia and improve memory, but the results were mixed. In this new form it is combined with cytidine, a component of the RNA portion of human cells.  The combination is able to function more powerfully on various levels to improve mental health.  And it’s not a lab creation—it occurs naturally in some foods like organ meats and beer.

    One of choline’s most important functions is to produce acetylcholine—a neurotransmitter essential for learning and remembering. In fact, the main drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s focus on increasing acetylcholine. And that is what citicoline is able to do. In a recent review it was found to be comparable to these drugs in tests of cognitive impairment on human volunteers – without the nasty side effects.

    But citicoline goes further.  If you suffer from low levels of two neurotransmitters, noradrenaline and dopamine, you will feel unmotivated, have trouble focusing, and feel mental and physical fatigue. Citicoline can raise your levels of noradrenaline and dopamine.

    Boosts Your Brain Energy by 14%

    As if that wasn’t enough, citicoline can also raise energy levels in brain cells. Our brains have a tremendous thirst for energy, consuming a quarter of all the body’s energy production. As we age, the amount of energy available declines. Citicoline increases the activity of mitochondria – the energy producing factories in the neurons – to improve cell function.

    A study involving 16 healthy volunteers found the brain’s energy increased by 14% after they took citicoline supplements for 6 weeks. (This should also be a heads-up for people who think their supplement isn’t working if they don’t experience immediate results.)

    Dr. Perry Renshaw, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was one of the scientists involved with the study. He stated:

    “The unanticipated and somewhat remarkable result we found was that the brain energy supply…is actually increased in critical brain regions by this supplement.
          

    “This is really rather surprising. We’ve been looking for this kind of an effect for a long time. The only other thing that seems to have this kind of effect for the brain is sleep.

    “The kinds of words they [the test subjects] used to describe how they felt were sharper, a little bit more alert, more productive at work, more energetic.”

    I’m not finished yet, because there is one more critical area where citicoline has a role.

    Keeps Brain Cell Membranes Healthy

    Without healthy brain cell membranes, the effectiveness and speed of communication slows down. To stay healthy these membranes need fats called phospholipids. These are vital for memory, cognitive function, concentration and mood. The brain uses citicoline as a raw material to make these essential phospholipids.

    There are many supplements that are valuable in mental health, but few work in so many beneficial ways. It’s no wonder one study concluded that “Citicoline may prove effective in treating age-related cognitive decline that may be the precursor of dementia.”

     

    Best regards,

    Lee Euler
    Publisher


    References:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8624220

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18816480

  • A New Way to Teach an
    Old Brain New Tricks

    Can you teach an old brain new tricks? While the familiar proverb says you can’t, medical researchers think there’s no reason your brain can’t keep functioning at a high level no matter how many birthdays you’ve had. Older people are able to accumulate new knowledge as they age. . .

    . . .but you have to go about it the right way. Here’s how. . .

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    “Cancer Cure in aisle 7…?”

     

     

     

    You see, on the tiny Greek island of Ikaria, there’s a small community of people so healthy they’re 3 TIMES MORE likely than an American to live into their 90s. And they live 8 to 10 years longer than Americans before showing any signs of illnesses like cancer or heart disease.

    Some of the most powerful cancer revelations of the last 50 years won’t be found in a pharmacy or even the cancer ward…

    Instead, they’re waiting for you right now in your local grocery store.

    For the first time — an astonishing NEW report reveals just how easy it can be to crush cancer out of your body. And it starts with the 6 powerful checkout items you can load into your cart today.

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    Older brains function differently than younger ones, so as you enter middle age and beyond, you have to adjust your learning methods.

    We’re Not as Forgetful as Rumored

    Research at the University of Tuebingen in Germany shows that age does not inevitably lead to a deterioration of brain function. Although older brains may need a longer time to process new information, this merely reflects the fact that older people possess a larger body of knowledge. Because of previously acquired data, older people have to mentally slow down to juggle a larger amount of facts and concepts that they are adding to.

    Using a computer model created to mimic the situation of an older brain, the scientists showed that the presence of a lifetime of experience slows brain processes. This slowdown is not linked to a decline in processing capacity— it’s linked to the need to coherently mix new data with old.i

    Michael Ramscar suggests a new way of looking at the problem of “failing” memories: “Imagine (a younger person) who knows two people’s birthdays and can recall them almost perfectly. Would you really want to say that person has a better memory than a person who knows the birthdays of 2000 people, but can ‘only’ match the right person to the right birthday nine times out of ten?

    Adding by Distracting

    In light of the growing understanding of aging brains, scientists at Baycrest Health Sciences’ Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and the University of Toronto’s Psychology Department have found compelling evidence that older adults can minimize forgetfulness and perform as well as younger adults on memory tests. But the older learners may have to revamp how they retain new information.

    The Baycrest researchers used what they call a “distraction learning strategy” to help older adults overcome age-related forgetting and boost their performance to the equal of younger adults.

    Older people, according to this research, are better skilled at processing irrelevant and relevant information in the environment, without conscious effort, to boost memory. ii

    “Older brains may be doing something very adaptive with distraction to compensate for weakening memory,” says researcher Renée Biss. “In our study we asked whether distraction can be used to foster memory-boosting rehearsal for older adults. The answer is yes!”

    The scientists demonstrated that when older adults (aged 60 to 78 years) learned lists of words to recall, they did better if, after a 15 minute delay, they were assigned another exercise and then periodically “distracted” with the required words while performing the second task which was an unrelated simple attention exercise with pictures.

    The distractions increased the seniors’ word recall by 30 percent compared to words that were not used as distractions.

    The same strategy produced no benefit for younger adults.

    “Our findings point to exciting possibilities for using strategically-placed relevant distraction as memory aids for older adults — whether it’s in classroom, at home or in a long term care environment,” says Biss.

    So if you are an older adult, you may be able to help your learning by studying a subject, taking a short break and then, while engaged in another task, periodically revisiting the original information you want to learn.

    In addition to this learning technique, you should also give your brain cognitive workouts. UCLA researchers have found that older adults who regularly use a brain-fitness program on a computer demonstrate significantly improved memory and language skills. iii

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    i http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24421073
    ii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23426890
    iii http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23602310
  • New type of diabetes poses
    deadly threat

    You’re probably familiar with the two most common types of diabetes. There’s type 1, the kind that some kids come down with … and there’s type 2, the kind that adults get.

    But did you know scientists and doctors have actually identified many more types of diabetes, including types 3a through 3h and even a type 4?

    Gestational diabetes is widely considered “type 4,” and many of the type 3s are really rare.

    However, there’s one type 3 diabetes that worries me most because it’s often misdiagnosed … and it’s connected to one of the most aggressive, deadly cancers known.

     

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    What if Adjusting Your
    Blood Sugar Was as Easy
    As Adjusting the Thermostat?

    If you have diabetes, or high blood sugar that puts you at risk for diabetes. . .

    You’ve probably been told you must eat better and avoid “bad-for-you” foods like carbs and sugar.

    But I’ve got shocking news: Trying to follow this advice and eat a “privation diet” will make you miserable – and, what’s worse, it can actually spoil your chances of controlling your blood sugar and living a normal, healthy life.

    I’ve got a better idea – a way that you can dial your blood sugar up and down as easily as changing the temperature on a thermostat. And you can do it naturally without drugs or any kind of restrictive diet. Click here to see a FREE VIDEO presentation. . .

     

    Doctors often fail to spot

    Type 3c diabetes

    In “normal” diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or the body is resistant to the insulin produced.

    This is an endocrine function, meaning the chemicals are secreted directly into the blood rather than passing through a duct. But only 5% (one in 20) of the cells in the pancreas are actually endocrine cells, despite the connection in most people’s minds between insulin and diabetes.

    More than 95% of the cells in the pancreas are exocrine cells and ducts. When these become inflamed, type 3c diabetes (or pancreatic diabetes) can follow.

    The inflammation causes a number of symptoms including low digestive enzyme production, poor digestion, and malnutrition … and it can also destroy the insulin-producing beta cells on the surface of the pancreas.

    It makes sense, then, that we’re seeing more clinical observations reporting
    that this “exocrine pancreatic insufficiency” (EPI) might actually be a cause of type 2 diabetes, not a side effect as previously thought.

    A 2008 Care of Diabetes supplement estimated that 8% of people with any type of diabetes may actually have type 3c—but the percentage could be higher. Authors from the European Journal of Internal Medicine say the prevalence could be as high as 10% of people in western countries.

    However, there’s reason to believe it could be higher still.

    The 2008 supplement estimates that, in retrospect, pancreatic disease has been present in up to 50% of diabetic patients in past observational studies. . . meaning previous cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes may have been the result of misdiagnosis of preexisting type 3c.

    Type 3c an early warning sign of pancreatic cancer

    The most important reason to correctly diagnose this condition and do something about it is that it’s a cause of pancreatic cancer.

    Again, pancreatic diabetes is often caused by inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). But, if the pancreas is inflamed for too long, the condition may lead to pancreatic cancer as well.

    In short, type 3c diabetes is a cause of pancreatitis, type 2 diabetes AND pancreatic cancer.

    Pancreatic cancer is incredibly aggressive and lethal, with only a 5% survival rate at 5 years. It is difficult to diagnose because it usually doesn’t cause any symptoms, and the pancreas is in the center of the body so it’s hard to feel early tumors.

    Testing for type 3c

    If you currently have type 2 diabetes, it might be worth your time and money to have extra tests done to ensure you do not have type 3c diabetes, chronic pancreatitis, or even pancreatic cancer. This is especially important if you’ve been recently diagnosed, within the last 5 years.

    Type 3c diabetes can be diagnosed fairly easily.

    The first test is a stool analysis. The doctor will analyze the concentration of fecal elastase-1 enzyme (FEC). Normal exocrine function produces over 200ng/g, while insufficiency presents at less than 100ng/g.

    Your doctor may also check for deficiencies of fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins D, A, and E, as well as fat hydrolysis and incretin secretion.

    This is not meant to scare you—simply to make you aware of what’s currently going on in diabetes research. Talk with your doctor about double-checking your diagnosis (or that of your loved one.)

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler, Publisher


    References:

    (1) Diabetes Care 2008 supplement.
    http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/31/Supplement_2/S165.full.pdf
    (2) European Journal of Internal Medicine study.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23375619
  • The Easiest, Most Enjoyable Way
    To Detoxify Your Brain

    When you think of the term “detox” you may conjure an image of a liver or digestive system that needs to be cleaned out. But your brain often requires detoxification as much as these “dirty” organs do.

    The brain can only stay active and healthy if the body periodically cleanses it of the toxins and harmful chemicals that build up there.

    And research shows there’s a refreshing, simple activity that promotes healthy “brainwashing.” It’s an often-neglected, natural activity that produces only good side effects. Keep reading and I’ll explain. . .

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    Your Body Has Its Own “Blue Zone”

    What would you do with an extra 10… 20… even 30 years of life? 

    Not years spent in a nursing home or drugged up on prescription medications But years of active, happy, productive and independent living…

    You see, on the tiny Greek island of Ikaria, there’s a small community of people so healthy they’re 3 TIMES MORE likely than an American to live into their 90s. And they live 8 to 10 years longer than Americans before showing any signs of illnesses like cancer or heart disease. 

    But before you start packing your bags, there’s something you need to know. You DON’T have to move to a “blue zone” to live a long, energetic and meaningful life. 

    New research is showing how these long-lived people have high levels of a super protective molecule inside every one of their cells.

    Click HERE to read more about this amazing molecule…

    The best detox plan for your brain is a good night’s sleep. Researchers have been surprised to find that sleep is necessary to clear out pollutants and flush out metabolic waste products that might otherwise compromise the well-being of the brain’s neurons.

    Sleep accomplishes this housecleaning by increasing certain spaces between brain cells and allowing brain fluid to flow more efficiently.

    “Sleep changes the cellular structure of the brain. It appears to be a completely different state (from wakefulness),” says researcher Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

    Nedergaard’s laboratory research shows that during sleep the brain’s plumbing system, called the “glymphatic system,” opens up, allowing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to rush through the brain. CSF is also the fluid that flows through the spinal cord. i

    Like a network of caves. . .

    “It’s as if Dr. Nedergaard and her colleagues have uncovered a network of hidden caves and these exciting results highlight the potential importance of the network in normal brain function,” says Roderick Corriveau, Ph.D., a program director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

    “We were surprised by how little flow there was into the brain when the (lab animals) were awake,” said Dr. Nedergaard. “It suggested that the space between brain cells changed greatly between conscious and unconscious states.”

    The brain’s housekeeping cells, called glia, regulate the flow of CSF through the glymphatic system by shrinking or swelling.

    Other research has shown that toxic molecules involved in neurodegenerative disorders collect during the day in the space between brain cells. In this latest study, the researchers showed that sleep reduced the time the toxic molecules stayed in the brain. In particular, they found that beta-amyloid, a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, disperses faster during sleep.

    “These results may have broad implications for multiple neurological disorders,” says Jim Koenig, Ph.D., a program director at NINDS.

    Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, provides further evidence of sleep’s vital housekeeping functions.

    The Swedish scientists found that just missing one night’s sleep increases your levels of brain-destructive molecules called NSE (neuron-specific enolase) and S-100B.ii

    These substances are a feature of damaged brains. (Other scientists have proposed using measurements of NSE levels to show that boxers have taken too many shots to the head. iii)

    “We observed that a night of total sleep loss was followed by increased blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B. These brain molecules typically rise in blood under conditions of brain damage. Thus, our results indicate that a lack of sleep may promote neurodegenerative processes”, says sleep researcher Christian Benedict of Uppsala’s department of neuroscience.

    “In conclusion, the findings of our trial indicate that a good night’s sleep may be critical for maintaining brain health,” says Benedict.

    As you may know, many Americans skimp on sleep to keep up with their busy schedules or just to stay up watching TV or playing video games. Don’t be one of them: Lack of sleep is a mistake that can cause a damaging increase in toxins in brain cells.

    “We need sleep. It cleans up the brain,” agrees Nedergaard.

    Kindest regards,

    Lee Euler,

    Publisher


    References:

    ihttp://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/373
    iihttp://www.journalsleep.org/AcceptedPapers/SP-100-13.pdf
    iiihttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23399646
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