Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Does cognitive decline add a bit of fear to your being? If you have seen the effects of dementia or worse, then you likely have a healthy reverence for the state of the mind.
I have seen it in full action, diminishing the mind and memory of precious loved ones. As a Functional Aging Wellness Consultant, I am regularly researching natural interventions to help maintain cognitive function. Read on to find some of the most effective food, nutrient, and botanical sources to prevent brain deterioration.
It is important to act before we see the signs of cognitive decline: "We know that alterations in the brain associated with Alzheimer's can start decades before symptoms appear, so it may be wise to start thinking about prevention as early as the 30s & 40s.” Arvanitakis, MD. at Rush University Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago.
5 Natural Interventions:
1. Coconut Oil (Essential Fatty Acids)
One of the healthiest oils on the planet. It consists of 90+% raw saturated fat; a rare and important building block of every cell in the human body. Unlike long-chain saturated animal fats (that have been associated with creating poor health), coconut oil contains healing, medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs support the immune system, thyroid gland, nervous system, the brain, skin, and provide fast energy. Shown to repair nerves in the brain (has been successfully tested with patients of dementia & mild Alzheimer’s).
2. Bocopa (Plant)
Bacopa has been revered for centuries in the Ayurvedic tradition of India to enhance clear thinking. Studies have shown that it supports learning and memory in humans. In animal models, Bacopa provides antioxidant protection for critical memory centers and helps to reduce the effects of stress on the brain. The traditional application suggests that it has a direct effect on improving brain function, increasing concentration, and memory functions. Bacosides play a protective role in the synaptic functions of the nerves in the hippocampus (the seat of memory). The degeneration of nerve impulse transmissions is believed to contribute to impaired memory and cognition. Bocopa is most often taken in supplement form.
3. Turmeric (Root herb)
A traditional Indian yellow spice used in curry also shows promise in Alzheimer's prevention. In animal studies, UCLA researchers discovered that brain plaques disappeared after treatment with compounds found in this spice.
4. Vitamin D3
One of the most common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency is poor memory and cognitive function, dementia, and if prolonged, Alzheimer’s.
Reasons why you may be lacking in vitamin D:
You do not get enough sunlight. If your body has regular exposure to the sun, it’s typically able to get the vitamin D it needs. However, many people don’t get enough sunlight simply due to the amount of time they spend indoors.
Your diet is lacking in Vitamin D sources. These foods are tough to get on a daily basis. Highest food sources are: Mushrooms, fish, cheese, oranges, eggs.
You do not take supplements. Again, it very difficult to get enough vitamin D from the foods you eat alone. You may need to find a quality Vitamin D supplement.
Tip: Look for one that is D3 form. It is the best form of Vitamin D for the human body.
5. Omega 3’s
Omega 3’s are a healthy oil that is considered 'brain food’ by many nutrition experts. Since dementia can be related to damage and inflammation in the brain, it makes sense that Omega 3’s can help support healthy brain function. Reason being, Omega 3’s aid in decreasing inflammation in our bodies, including the brain! Consuming wild salmon, cod, tuna, sardines, walnuts, avocados, and flaxseed on a daily basis can assist in brain and even mild joint repair!
Dr. Mercola www.drmercola.com
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Disclaimer: This is for your educational purposes only, and not intended to diagnose or treat any health conditions. Please contact your primary care provider for healthcare & info.