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25th August 2012, 10:29 PM
A research team that included members from The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota Medical School has for the first time, identified a substance in the brain proven to cause memory loss. This is undoubtedly amazing news because it puts modern science on track to eliminate dementia. Just as amazing is what it can do for you and me right now. Identifying this substance also means those 'memory robbers' in our brain (that get worse as we age), can be stopped in their tracks! And . . . here's the best part – those effects of brain aging like always forgetting – can be reversed!

And it can happen in just 30 days or less!

That's right, in just about a month, you can have clear, focused thoughts and a reliable memory . . . just like you used to. How exciting is that?!

Imagine never having to fumble or stutter when asked for someone's name or even details! Imagine being able to retrieve information and forgotten details as easily as your home computer pulls up a buried file. Now picture how this could help you do your job better or even help with relationships.

We'll get to how to achieve this in just a bit. But first, some background.

Memory Robber #1

Brain wiring gone awry

Those 'senior moments' we all joke about – when our memory fails us at the most inopportune time – actually begin around the age of 40. And what happens is truly a sign of aging: our myelin begins to disintegrate. Myelin is an insulating layer made up of protein and fatty substances that forms around nerves, including those in the brain and spinal cord. Its purpose is to allow rapid and efficient transmission of impulses along the nerve cells. If the myelin is damaged, the nerve fibers start to wear thin and then the impulses slow down. UCLA researchers say that's what causes us to become increasingly forgetful.

Unfortunately, that's not the only thing going on inside your brain and cells. (That's aging for you!) You're also not firing up as many neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) as you did in your teens. It is believed that the brain contains several hundred different types of neurotransmitters that act as communication agents between different brain cells. These chemical messengers are molecular substances that can affect mood, appetite, anxiety, sleep, heart rate, temperature, aggression, fear and many other psychological and physical occurrences.
So what's the connection between myelin and neurotransmitters? As the myelin disintegrates, the brain is going to receive fewer messages. The messages simply don't make it. The loss of myelin allows the messages to short out and not make the journey. It's kind of like a bare wire that conducts electricity; if you put it in water, it shorts out. Remember, our bodies are primarily water so a lack of insulation or myelin allows the message to go somewhere else and not make it to the proper spot in the brain. And that, say researchers, is why a 20-year-old can remember more and access information faster than you. As we age, our brains, like our bodies, simply aren’t in their best shape anymore.

Now researchers have learned that these paths of “white matter” slow with age, affecting the communication between certain parts of the brain.

Using cognitive tests and brain scans of two study groups of adults, ages 18-to-34 and 60-to-93, they concluded that white matter degrades naturally with age, causing significant inefficient communication between different regions of the brain and a dramatic deficit of the memory in the group aged between 60 and 93.

If you want to minimize that aging process, it's critical to keep the myelin healthy and keep producing a healthy supply of neurotransmitters. We'll go over how to do this, shortly. In the meantime, let's look at another memory robber.

Memory Robber #2

Distractions worsen with aging

I've seen this memory robber in action with lots of older people, and now I know why. A University of Toronto study concludes that the brain’s ability to selectively filter unattended or unwanted information is compromised as we age.

Visual attention diminishes with age, leaving older adults less capable of filtering out distracting or irrelevant information, a normal sign of ageing.

In the study, researchers examined brain images using functional magnetic resonance imaging on a group of young (mean age = 22 years) and older adults (mean age = 77 years) while they looked at pictures of overlapping faces, houses and buildings.

Participants were asked to only pay attention to the faces and to identify the gender of the person. Even though they could see the place in the image, it was not relevant to the task at hand.

In young adults, the brain region for processing faces was active while the brain region for processing places was not. However, both the face and place regions were active in older people. This means that even at early stages of perception, older adults were less capable of filtering out the distracting information. Moreover, on a surprise memory test 10 minutes after the scan, older adults were more likely to recognize what face was originally paired with what house.

The findings suggest that under conditions which demand visual attention (such as looking for one’s keys on a cluttered table), age-related problems with “tuning in” to the desired object may be linked to the way in which information is selected and processed in the sensory areas of the brain. Both the relevant sensory information – the keys – and the irrelevant information – the clutter – are perceived and encoded more or less equally.

In older adults, these changes in visual attention may broadly influence many of the cognitive deficits typically observed in normal aging, particularly memory.

Memory Robber #3

The scourge known as free radicals

Perhaps the most insidious memory robber in our brain comes from free radicals and toxins.

Free radicals create chemical reactions that damage brain cells. If free radicals get out of control, cells will be damaged faster than they can be repaired. Like a biological form of rust, a lifetime of oxidative insult can lead to diminished brain function.

Oxidation damages mitochondria, the energy-producing power plants in cells. And making matters worse, mitochondria spew out free radicals as they generate energy, exposing them to further damage.

Since our brains rely on interconnected networks of nerve cells, or neurons, to function, they are also particularly vulnerable to damage caused by oxidation.

Scientific evidence shows that oxidative damage may play a part in many brain-related (neurodegenerative) diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington's disease, and other movement disorders. Many of these diseases probably form years before symptoms are noticeable. This has led researchers to believe that exposure to higher levels of free radicals may speed up damage to our vulnerable neurons, beyond what would occur with normal aging.

And while we're all exposed to free radicals and toxins – either through poison, additives, aluminum or the environment – I'm happy to report that there is a way to undo the damage caused by decades of this exposure.

Turning back the hands of time in your brain can be easy to do with the proper steps. Aging badly is not something any of us want to do . . . nor is it necessary. And though we make light of it, suffering with a faulty memory as a result of aging and memory robbers is no picnic. Which is why I'm so excited about having discovered this powerhouse solution to the brain aging problem.

Ten Key Brain Power-Boosting (and Cell Saving) Strategies

1. Take Cod Blue Ice Cod Liver Oil every day; Take one to two teaspoons daily. The brain has to have Omega 3 fat to function. The brand that we carry (and I personally take) is simply the best. The right kind of Omega 3 fat also helps to burn body fat and fight depression, increase IQ scores in children and adults, reduce inflammation and assists in relieving joint pain. For starters, the list of benefits is endless. By the way, post-partum depression (in most cases) is caused by a lack of omega 3 fat in the brain of the mother. During the last trimester of pregnancy, the fetus requires large amounts of omega 3 for proper brain development. If the mother isn't taking an omega 3 supplement (like cod liver oil), the fetus literally sucks the omega 3 from the mothers' brain. This can cause severe mood swings and post-partum depression.

2. Avoid alcohol; It kills brain cells . . . enough said!

3. Avoid aspartame; Ditto the above. CLICK HERE to read my blog post on aspartame.

4. Avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG); Double ditto the above. See Sharon's Healthy Country Cooking Cookbook for healthy alternatives.

5. Avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats; as they plug up the arteries, and reduce oxygen flow to the brain . . . which, in turns, kills brain cells.

6. Don't use aluminum anything; Here is what I think happens with aluminum. Aluminum, lead and mercury have the ability to pass through the blood brain barrier. It gets into the brain. All three are incredibly toxic and also conduct electricity. The brain and our bodies are both based on bio-electrical development. Our brain literally sends a bio-electrical charge through our spine and then our nerves for us to move our hand. Thoughts are real things that can be measured. When we put metals in our brain that conduct electricity they have to affect neurological functions in a very negative way. The brain literally short circuits and it can no longer function the way God intended it. Hence we are diagnosed with Alzheimer's or senile dementia.

7. B-vitamins are critical; especially B12 and folic acid. My B-vitamins are the best. Also vitamin E (mixed tocopherol) is important for blood flow. Remember to eat wild salmon (not farm raised). And use olive oil and coconut oil in cooking. For more cooking advice, follow the recipes in my wife's two cookbooks, Maximum Energy Cookbook and Healthy Country Cooking.

8. Exercise is always critical; as it increases blood flow to the brain. Walking with a good pair of shoes or using an elliptical running machine is great blood pumping exercises. One American Academy of Neurology study said that for every extra mile a woman walked per week, her risk of cognitive decline dropped by 13 percent. According to a January 2006 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, of the 1,700 seniors included in that study, those who exercised three or more times a week had the lowest risk of Alzheimer’s.

9. Manage your stress. Stress increases cortisol, a stress hormone. And cortisol kills brain cells. My time-honored advice: Don't get mad. Be happy. Rejoice in all things. Don't let the little things bug you. Remember, stress erodes the brain. (Just a side note, coffee also elevates cortisol.) Researchers have also found that chronic stress is one of the contributing factors to dementia.

10. Get 8 -10 hours of sleep a night. Before Thomas Edison developed the light bulb, people slept an average of ten hours a night. A lack of sleep has been shown clinically to reduce neural plasticity. The brain can't grow new cells and rebuild itself. Remember, on the 7th day even God rested.

source - Dr. Ted Broer