cognitive decline

  1. REVERSE aging in your brain… and RESTORE up to 14 years?

    REVERSE aging in your brain… and RESTORE up to 14 years?

    A sharper… smarter… and YOUNGER… brain?!?!?

    That just doesn’t seem possible, I know, especially if it feels like your mind is aging in fast-forward mode.

    But there’s a way to hit the PAUSE button on that process.

    And something even more incredible could happen, too…

    You could hit the REWIND button!

    There’s an all-natural therapy that can WIPE OUT the toll of time… and DE-AGE YOUR BRAIN.

    And not by a little bit.

    You can get up to 14 YEARS YOUNGER where it matters most!

    Promising new research shows how a powerful blend of natural compounds found in grapes and berries can help REPAIR the damage of age-related decline… and RESTORE your memory and cognition.

    REVERSE cognitive decline with this ‘brain lift’

    Some parts of the body just seem to age faster than others.

    Steve Martin’s hair started turning gray in his 20s. Then we all watched it turn sheet-white over the course of just a handful of films.

    But you know the old saw: It’s the INSIDE that counts!

    And the sad truth is, your brain can age a whole lot faster than Steve’s poor hair.

    One day, you’re cooking along, certain that NOTHING’S gonna to slow you down.

    The next, you’re struggling with the basics… and practically in a panic as you fear the rapid slip into declinedementia… and WORSE.

    But the powerful polyphenols locked inside grapes and berries could help turn it around.

    And they can do it within just SIX months!

    The new study tested 600 mg of a European polyphenol supplement called Memophenol – which includes 258 mg of flavonoids from grape and blueberry extract – against a placebo in 215 older men and women with different degrees of age-related cognitive decline.

    Every group improved compared the folks given the placebo.

    But the BIGGEST change of all happened in seniors who needed help the most: the ones with the highest degree of cognitive decline.

    These folks improved by 14 YEARS in their cognitive age!

    Now, this is just one study, so I wouldn’t put all my eggs in this fruit basket just yet.

    But grape seed extract has a sterling reputation as a flavonoid-rich antioxidant…

    And blueberry is a proven age-fighter.

    So, it would at least make sense the two could join forces and give your brain a BIG lift.

    It certainly won’t hurt you to try it.

    But if it’s all on the line… if your brain is tanking and you’re in the throes of cognitive decline… you need to hurl EVERYTHING you’ve got at it.

    Start with my Top 3:

    1. EAT better by eliminating ALL processed foods
    2. TAKE ginkgo, another powerful natural therapy for enhancing the brain, and
    3. TRY phosphatidylserine, a phospholipid also known as PS, which has shown incredible promise for condition.

    And don’t forget to work with a doctor to find or at least rule out the many possible causes of “false” dementias -- from chronic Lyme to drug side effects.

    In Your Corner,

    Dr. Allan Spreen

  2. Preventing Dementia Naturally

    Years ago, a friend of mine lost her grandfather. He was 82-years-old and had been living in an assisted-living facility following a mild stroke. While he bounced back physically after the stroke, his cognitive abilities were never the same.

    Sure -- he could tell you all about his childhood growing up on the Jersey Shore. He could tell you about going to Harvard Law School and his travels across Europe and the Middle East. He could tell you all about the speeches he wrote for J. Edgar Hoover and President Kennedy. But he couldn't remember what day it was or what he'd eaten for breakfast.

    All of us have probably been touched in one way or another by a loved one or a friend suffering from dementia. It's an increasingly tragic problem. At age 65, only 5 to 10 percent of adults are affected by dementia. But that number gets worse as we age. According to some reports, nearly half of all men and women in their 80s have some type of dementia.

    But a new study out this month gives us all reason to hope that it's possible to prevent cognitive decline with extracts from a traditional Chinese plant that's been used for centuries to boost the immune system and promote longevity.

    Learning from China
    Chinese (or Korean) ginseng is generally considered an "adaptogen" plant that can boost your overall health. It's known to help lower blood sugar, control high blood pressure, and even treat erectile dysfunction. In the west, ginseng's most commonly used as an energy booster. You'll find it in lots of so-called "energy" drinks on the market.

    But just how versatile is ginseng? Can it actually improve your memory, or prevent dementia? Well, some very promising studies are starting to emerge that may encourage you to take a second look at this well-known Chinese plant extract.

    Improving stroke-induced dementia
    A few years back a small, but solid study was presented at American Stroke Association's 28th International Stroke Conference. This study showed that ginseng can improve memory in people who have vascular dementia (stroke-induced dementia). After Alzheimer's disease, stroke is the second-leading cause of dementia.

    Researchers looked at 40 patients with vascular dementia. They gave 25 patients Chinese ginseng three times a day for 12 weeks. They gave the remaining 15 patients Duxil, a prescription drug that's given to dementia patients to improve memory.

    After 12 weeks, the patients from both groups took five memory and cognition tests. Overall, researchers found that patients taking ginseng significantly improved their average scores after the 12 weeks. Plus -- the ginseng group scored higher overall on memory testing than the Duxil group.

    Previous laboratory studies on mice have suggested that ginseng could improve stroke-induced dementia, but this was the first study on humans shown to do the same.

    Improving age-related dementia
    Okay, so ginseng may benefit stroke-induced dementia patients. But age-related dementia is a far different disability. Can ginseng benefit these patients too?

    Well, a new study out this month takes that question by the horns. In this study, researchers looked at how ginseng would affect mice with age-related memory decline (not stroke induced).

    For eight months, mice were given 100 mg/kg of ginsenoside (an active component of ginseng). Researchers also gave a control group of mice placebo pills (or sugar pills) for comparison.

    As expected, the elderly mice given the ginseng extract performed better on water mazes and step-down tests (two standard tests used to gauge memory in mice) than the control groups.

    But researchers didn't stop there. They wanted to know why these mice performed better.

    Turns out that the ginseng extract actually changed the mice's brains for the better. The ginseng actually increased certain types of proteins found in the brain responsible for learning and memory.

    Hope for the future
    I hope we'll see more studies in the near future testing ginseng on men and women with age-related memory loss. I'll keep you posted as new studies emerge. Often, because they're undertaken by Chinese researchers, these relevant studies just don't make it into the mainstream press in the U.S.

    As a final note, only take Chinese ginseng under the care of a naturopath or M.D. Use caution if you have a bleeding disorder, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or hypoglycemia. Also, I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who is sensitive to caffeine, as ginseng can act as a stimulant.

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