Archive for March, 2014
Ancient Greek scholars wore this herb around their heads to help them remember their studies. The ancient Egyptians put it in tombs and early Europeans threw it into graves to help them remember the dead.
It’s been given to wedding guests to remember the occasion and also to the happy couple to remind them of their sacred vows. It’s been placed under pillows to enhance recall during sleep.
All these old superstitions are fun, but does the herb have any real memory-boosting power? Surprisingly, yes! Read on and I’ll explain…
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.”
Now modern science has confirmed this mushroom’s remarkable benefits. If you’d like to reap the benefits for yourself click here now…
Rosemary has been associated with memory throughout history. Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet famously said, “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, pray you love, remember.”
If this was only folklore it would be of passing interest, but the herb rosemary is proving to have real merit in preserving and enhancing memory and cognition.
15% Improvement in Long-Term Memory
The first tests on this herb for memory were published in 2003. Researchers studied 132 volunteers for the effects of rosemary in the form of an essential oil (a very strong concentrate extracted from the whole herb). Those exposed to the aroma had a 15% improvement in long-term memory.
This can occur because molecules in the oils are extremely small and can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the olfactory nerve in the nose and via the lungs. They can also cross the blood-brain barrier to have direct effects on the brain.
Dr. Mark Moss, lead researcher from the University of Northumbria in the UK, commented: “What is interesting is the possibility of using rosemary over a long period to maintain cognitive performance. It could be that a bit more rosemary with lunch maintains a healthy mind throughout life.”
A later study by Dr. Moss tested volunteers’ ability to do mental arithmetic. Those subjected to the aroma of rosemary saw enhanced aspects of cognition, with greater speed and accuracy. Performance outcomes improved for each task tested.
The most recent Moss study tested prospective memory – remembering events that are expected to occur in the near future and remembering to complete tasks at a certain time. Those exposed to the essential oil performed at a 60 – 75% higher level compared to those not exposed. They were better able to remember events, complete tasks and had greater speed of recall.
More Effective Than Dementia Drugs
Rosemary is able to improve brain function by several mechanisms. It contains a chemical important for memory called 1,8-cineole. Blood levels of this substance rise when a person is exposed to the rosemary scent. 1,8-cineole also has the ability to inhibit acetyl-cholinesterase, an enzyme that reduces brain function. It is among the key enzymes that promote Alzheimer’s disease. Most dementia drugs target this enzyme.
Not only does rosemary contain 1,8-cineole, it also contains rosmarinic acid and ursolic acid. These compounds are also able to inhibit acetylcholinesterase. So altogether, rosemary boasts three factors that work to reduce a dangerous mind-destroying enzyme.
Rosemary also contains carnosic acid, a natural chemical that protects against the ravaging effects of free radicals in the brain that contribute to neurodegeneration.
Dr. Takumi Satoh of Iwate University offered this thought about carnosic acid: “It means that we can do even better in protecting the brain from terrible disorders such as Alzheimer’s, perhaps even slowing down the effects of normal aging.”
Makes You Feel Good Too
Experiments with human volunteers suggest another benefit I find very attractive: The aroma of rosemary elevates a person’s mood. People reported feeling fresher and more active, with greater alertness and less drowsiness. Those who had a massage with rosemary oil said they felt more vigorous and cheerful.
Whether you use it in cooking, enjoy its pleasant scent, or luxuriate in it as a massage oil, you can enjoy the benefits of one of nature’s own brain boosters. I love rosemary and use it frequently to season dishes. Based on this new information I’m going to purchase the essential oil and have a sniff or two.
I wonder what other wisdom scientists will unearth that our wise forbears knew all along.
This “Celebrity” Nutrient Helps
Imagine your brain is like a hot new nightclub… everyone wants to get in, but only a select few—like celebrities—are actually allowed in.
Your “blood-brain barrier”—as doctors call it—is just like the red velvet cord that allows the VIPs into a club and keeps everyone else out. The blood-brain barrier allows only water and a selective crowd of nutrients to pass. Its purpose is to keep out substances that might harm the brain, but sometimes it keeps out helpful nutrients and medications as well.
Now studies show that one “celebrity” nutrient with exclusive access to the brain can reverse dementia, improve memory, and even treat Alzheimer’s disease. Another form of this same nutrient can’t get past the velvet rope. So if you don’t take the right form, it can be the difference between health and dementia.
How Carolyn Reversed
Her Alzheimer’s by
Disobeying Her Doctor
An all-natural protein melts away the brain-clogging mineral that triggers memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s — and cuts brain cell death in half! And yet this Nobel Prize-winning discovery is being ignored by 99% of doctors.
That’s why I’d like to tell you about Carolyn.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s, then you know how cruel these diseases can be. The emotional and physical toll they take on the patient — as well as on the entire family — can be devastating.
That’s why the news of the breakthroughs I’m about to reveal could literally have a life-changing effect on you.
Best of all, these solutions are available and being used successfully right now — even while most doctors still throw up their hands when it comes to memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’;s, using words like “hopeless” and “irreversible.” It’s hard to believe, I know. . .
Dozens of studies all agree: acetyl-l-carnitine is one of the few molecules allowed through the highly selective blood-brain barrier because it is fat soluble. And that ability might make it particularly useful for treating Alzheimer’s disease.
Acetyl-l-carnitine (or ALC) is primarily an energy booster. It helps transport fatty acids into a cell’s mitochondria, where they burn oils for energy. ALC is also known to help repair damaged mitochondria, while reversing both mental and physical fatigue.
When ALC gets into the brain, it turns into a disease-fighting superhero.
Exciting news for Alzheimer’s patients
Even though scientists have been intensively studying Alzheimer’s disease for nearly 40 years, they’re still not sure what causes the affliction.
One of the many theories is that inflammation and excess toxic build-up cause the development of the amyloid plaques and tau tangles that interfere with brain processes. If true, then ALC’s ability to enter the brain as a powerful antioxidant is incredibly exciting.
One animal study showed that ALC, in comparison with its cousin l-carnitine, decreased dangerous oxidation in the brain—including reducing free radicals that are a byproduct of fat metabolism, and fighting inflammation. (1)
It’s important to note that while some sources might use “l-carnitine” and “acetyl-l-carnitine” interchangeably, they’re not the exact same molecule. ALC can penetrate the blood-brain barrier; l-carnitine cannot. You need to make sure you take acetyl-l-carnitine.
Another animal study revealed ALC increases synaptic neurotransmission (or how quickly your brain can process information) and improved learning capacity. (2)
One experiment with 334 human Alzheimer’s patients showed those under 61 years old gained significant benefits. Their ALC supplements actually slowed the progress of the disease! (4)
Finally… and most importantly… ALC was shown to practically wipe out tau tangles and suppress development of the precursors to amyloid plaques. (3)
If this incredible discovery can be confirmed, it could possibly mean the end of Alzheimer’s disease.
These studies are very exciting for Alzheimer’s patients!
How to supplement with acetyl-l-carnitine
Most healthy people aren’t necessarily deficient in ALC because the body synthesizes it in the liver and kidneys. However, taking a daily 500 to 1500mg supplement with food could be beneficial for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
Short-term studies on patients with Alzheimer’s have been known to use up to 3 grams (3000 mg) per day, taken throughout the day. Check with your physician before taking such a large dose. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take ALC.
Remember, acetyl-l-carnitine is primarily responsible for increasing mental and physical energy. If you decide to supplement with ALC, be prepared for a boost!
You would have known about this valuable brain supplement as much as two years ago if you’d read our Special Report Awakening from Alzheimer’s. In this one-of-a-kind collection of cutting edge Alzheimer’s discoveries, author Peggy Sarlin covers ALL the top foods and supplements for preventing or curing dementia and memory loss.
Peggy wrote Awakening from Alzheimer’s with the advice of nine maverick doctors who are successfully reversing this disease that conventional medicine thinks is incurable. So if you don’t have a copy, I urge you to click here and ask for one.
(1) Comparison of the effects of L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine on carnitine levels, ambulatory activity, and oxidative stress biomarkers in the brain of old rats.
(2) Acetyl-L-carnitine improves aged brain function.
(3) Acetyl-L-carnitine attenuates homocysteine-induced Alzheimer-like histopathological and behavioral abnormalities.
(4) Acetyl-L-carnitine slows decline in younger patients with Alzheimer’s disease: a reanalysis of a double-blind, placebo-controlled study using the trilinear approach.
If you try to improve your health by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, do you ever give much thought to which part of the fruits or vegetables you’re eating? The reason I ask is that some of us don’t eat the parts that pack the most nutrition.
Case in point: Research shows that the peel of one fruit in particular comes loaded with helpful nutrients you won’t find in the flesh. The peel of this fruit could help your brain defend itself against Alzheimer’s. Keep reading. . .
A Message from Lee Euler
This “Forbidden” Food
Super-Charges Your Brain
It’s being called a “silent epidemic”…
A brain health crisis already growing faster than Alzheimer’s disease or dementia…and affecting the memory and cognitive ability of Americans as young as 40.
Over the next decade, the U.S. government will spend more than $3 billion to study this threat.
But you know what? They don’t need to spend the $3 billion because the major cause of memory loss has already been identified. Yet almost no one knows about it.
Millions of people are losing their memories and seeing their brain health go downhill because nine out of ten of us don’t consume enough of vital nutrients we need for healthy brains. And when it comes to one of the most important nutrients of all…
…we don’t get enough because doctors tell us NOT to eat the foods that happen to be richest in this “missing ingredient for good brain health”!!
That’s right, the very food you need most for memory and cognitive health is a forbidden food! It’s a national scandal… but it’s also an opportunity for you to save your brain and improve your memory like you wouldn’t believe…
Click here and I’ll tell you the full story…
The apple is the brain-protecting food I have in mind. Scientists have found that two or three apples a day may keep Alzheimer’s away.
The natural chemical in apples that’s so beneficial is an antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin can help brain cells protect themselves against oxidative stress, a destructive process caused by some molecules I’m sure you’ve heard of: free radicals. These little wreckers have been known to smash holes in brain cell membranes, causing them to deteriorate.
“On the basis of serving size, fresh apples have some of the highest levels of [the antioxidant] quercetin when compared to other fruits and vegetables and may be among the best food choices for fighting Alzheimer’s,” says researcher C.Y. Lee, Ph.D., at Cornell University. “People should eat more apples, especially fresh ones.”
In tests of apples performed on lab animals, scientists studied the effects of hydrogen peroxide on brain cells, The peroxide creates damage similar to what occurs during Alzheimer’s. In the lab, cells that received quercetin were able to fend off more of the damage in comparison to cells that received no protection or were treated with vitamin C. Cellular DNA as well as other cellular structures were protected.i
This is a Raw Deal You Want
There is a slight catch: Most of an apple’s quercetin is in the peel, which means peeling apples removes the bulk of this valuable nutrient.
And although quercetin holds up fairly well when apples are cooked, eating raw apples provides the most abundant quantity.
So, sorry. . .you can’t count on applesauce or apple juice, much less apple pie, to provide quercetin . When cooked and peeled, apples contain almost none. Even so, the apple minus the peel (especially when raw) does contain a lot of other good nutrients. A study in the Netherlands suggests that the white flesh of the apple may lower your risk of stroke.
The Dutch researchers performed a ten-year health analysis involving more than 20,000 people (average age 41). They found that those who ate fruits and vegetables like apples and pears that had white flesh reduced their risk of stroke by more than 50 percent during the decade the study was in progress.ii
“To prevent stroke, it may be useful to consume considerable amounts of white fruits and vegetables,” says researcher Linda M. Oude Griep, M.Sc., who is with Wageningen University. “For example, eating one apple a day is an easy way to increase white fruits and vegetable intake.
In this study, the researchers included cauliflowers, cucumbers, chicory and bananas as white produce. Potatoes were excluded because they contain large amounts of starch. I’m not sure why cucumbers were classified as “white” but that’s what our source says.
The researchers are quick to add that along with apples and pears, we should still be eating a wide variety of produce. As Ms. Griep put it, “[O]ther fruits and vegetable color groups may protect against other chronic diseases. Therefore, it remains of importance to consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.”
After her confusion and memory problems became more frequent and severe, 85-year-old Ilsa Katz was taken to a memory clinic. She was given a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease and prescribed the dementia drug Aricept. But the drug only seemed to make matters worse.
The prognosis looked poor. But Ilsa was lucky because she was also given a blood test for a particular nutrient. It turned out her levels of this nutrient were well below normal. When they were raised up to a healthy level over time, her confusion and memory problems disappeared and she was able to live an independent life once again.
Keep reading to discover what nutrient deficiency can mimic Alzheimer’s symptoms and how you can sometimes get your memory back just by taking a supplement…
4 Deadly Mistakes that
Kill Brain Cells and Wipe Out Your MemoryEvery 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 Brain—you can read it for FREE if you click here.
The nutrient that brought relief to Ilsa was vitamin B12.
This vitamin helps to make red blood cells and is vitally important to the healthy functioning of the nervous system. An extreme deficiency causes pernicious anemia—what some people used to call “tired blood” back in the day.
This type of anemia can give rise to serious neurological i.e. brain problems. It develops when the cells that produce a type of protein in the stomach called intrinsic factor are destroyed. You need intrinsic factor to absorb B12.
But recent studies make it clear that even when the body still provides its own intrinsic factor, up to 39% of Americans could still be at risk from less-than-adequate levels of vitamin B12. And the older you are, the more likely you are to suffer from a deficiency.
One study found that people with less than ideal B12 levels don’t perform as well on memory and cognition tests and are also more likely to have shrinkage of the brain, one of the physical features of dementia. For some like Ilsa Katz, the symptoms can be similar to Alzheimer’s.
Another study concluded that because of “the high prevalence of biochemical evidence of low vitamin B12 status in the elderly, steps should be taken to identify this condition, and to discover and treat its cause to avoid rapid cognitive decline.”
So the message is clear. Don’t accept a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease before having your B12 status tested.
And that’s not all you should be tested for.
Anemia Increases Risk Of Dementia
by 60 Percent!
A recent study suggests older adults with anemia have an increased risk of dementia. Conducted over 11 years, the study included 2,500 men and women in their 70s. The researchers found a 60% increased risk of dementia for those who were anemic at the start of the study.
The researchers believe anemia was the cause of dementia in these patients because of the low level of oxygen delivered to the brain. Since anemia affects as many as 23% of seniors—almost one out of four—this is an important finding.
The most common cause of anemia is a lack of iron, but a number of other factors can also bring on this condition.
Lead researcher Professor Kristine Yaffe said that “given how common both anemia and dementia are in older adults, more attention to the connection between the two is important, and I do think screening older adults for anemia makes sense.”
Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health in New York City, commenting on the study, was concerned that with Alzheimer’s being a hot medical topic today, doctors will “be tempted to jump straight to that diagnosis” before ruling out treatable, reversible causes of dementia.
The fact is, most cases of dementia are not caused by Alzheimer’s disease. They’re caused by prescription drugs, treatable nutritional deficiencies such as B12, anemia, reversible inflammation and other causes.
If you have mental health concerns, don’t take the risk your doctor will be one of those who instantly reach for the dementia drug prescription pad. Make sure he tests for and rules out other explanations first. Insist on being tested. Your cognitive future may depend upon it.
Our best-selling book Awakening from Alzheimer’s includes a complete rundown on the tests you need to determine whether you have the disease or not. Few doctors are going to bother to give you these tests unless you insist.
Our book also features a wide range of alternative treatments that few doctors know about, even though we learned about them ourselves by interviewing top physicians. The resistance to natural and alternative treatments is so great it may be years before the treatments in Awakening from Alzheimer’s become widely accepted. If your memory—or that of a loved one—is failing, you can’t afford to wait.
No doubt you’ve heard about “antioxidants,” those nutrients in fresh fruit and vegetables that are so good for your long-term health.
They fight oxidation and inflammation. They reduce your risk for diseases like cancer and diabetes. They even improve your memory and fight neurological disease. But did you know there are relatively few rigorous studies proving which fruits or vegetables truly make a difference?
I just happened to find a very promising study that shows one fruit juice is a head above the rest… and the results are a pretty big deal!
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Recent studies have shown that pomegranate juice has the highest level of antioxidants of any fruit juice, which could make it a strong player in the fight against memory loss.
The Power of Pomegranate
UCLA’s Center for Longevity and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience are on the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research.
Their preliminary trial study of pomegranate juice was inspired by a number of animal studies that saw improvement in Alzheimer’s progression and symptoms.
In their human study, 28 participants were randomly assigned to drink eight ounces of either pomegranate juice or a placebo drink with the same flavor for one month.
To meet the highest standards demanded by mainstream medicine, the UCLA team’s study was double blind and placebo controlled. “Double-blind” means neither the researchers nor the participants knew who was taking the placebo and who was taking the real pomegranate juice.
The scientists ran functional MRI scans while the participants took cognitive tests. The scientists also gave them memory tests, and drew their blood to measure biomarkers before they started the experiment and after the 28 days were up.
As expected, 11 of the 14 people in the pomegranate group had a significant increase in antioxidants and proof of the antioxidant ellagitannin in blood samples. Only two of the 13 placebo subjects had any change.
One test involved memorizing a list of 12 unrelated words. Only members of the pomegranate group improved their scores significantly, while the placebo group’s performance actually got a bit worse. (It’s worth noting here that both groups were on a low-polyphenol diet–so the placebo group was getting few to no antioxidants.)
There’s more proof. The pomegranate group also showed increased fMRI activity during verbal and visual memory tests.
Picking a Pomegranate Juice
The UCLA researchers gave their participants a well known brand, POM Wonderful. It’s a reputable, high quality product. It’s unfortunate that the law requires it to be pasteurized, but almost no one can get year-round access to fresh pomegranates, so this is the best choice available as far as I know.
If you go with another brand, just be careful. Many cheaper juices are diluted with water and sugar. Those extra calories and added processed sugars might negate the power of the few polyphenols left in the drink.
Check your labels to make sure the drink has absolutely no high fructose corn syrup or added sugars. Just because the label says “natural” or “100% juice” doesn’t mean much—the labeling laws are very lax. “Natural” means almost nothing and even “juice” can be stretched beyond recognition.
Also be aware that pure, natural pomegranate juice has very high natural sugar content, so it’s best to drink no more than eight ounces a day. I’d gladly down more myself if it weren’t so loaded with sugar.
Cheers—to a stronger memory!
(1) Pomegranate Juice Augments Memory and fMRI Activity in Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Mild Memory Complaints