In the movies, it’s played for laughs: A little aluminum foil… shaped like a hat… is the sure sign of a conspiracy weirdo.
Well, my friend, today I’ve got the REAL conspiracy.
It involves the main ingredient in that foil.
You’re not wearing it ON your head as a hat (at least, I hope you aren’t). But it’s getting IN your head anyway – and it’s not there to help you out.
Aluminum is a MAJOR undiagnosed cause of cognitive struggles in seniors, leading to decline and even dementia, not to mention more severe neurodegenerative diseases ranging from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s.
But new research reveals a natural weapon that can help you fight back, stopping the damage and protecting your brain so you can keep sharp and independent even as you grow old.
How aluminum gets in… and how to chase it out
Here’s the problem: When aluminum gets inside the brain, it’s generally NOT coming back out.
Not without a fight.
And that’s what makes this new study so important.
It finds what essentially becomes a crack team of warriors that can rush into the brain… latch onto that aluminum… and then drag it back out, kicking and screaming.
And it does this without harming healthy brain cells!
Before I get into HOW it works, a word on WHY this is so hard to pull off.
Your brain has a natural defense system called the blood-brain barrier… but sometimes, it works a little TOO well.
It not only keeps out toxins, but it also keeps out many detoxifiers, too.
And that would be just fine if toxins NEVER got into your brain.
That’s not how it shakes out in reality. Certain toxins… especially metals, and aluminum in particular… have an uncanny ability to slip through the barrier and wreck the joint.
For the most part, that aluminum has the run of the place and never has to worry about being chased out.
A natural compound found in the spice turmeric called curcumin can get inside the brain and then hunt down the aluminum.
But there’s a catch: While it CAN cross the blood-brain barrier, it DOESN’T do it very well… so in many cases, not enough curcumin makes it through to handle all that aluminum on the other side.
And that’s why this new study is such a game-changer.
It finds that combining curcumin with an essential oil of turmeric enhances that barrier-busting ability, allowing more of the curcumin to slip into the brain and get to work.
In experiments on mice, this combo was able to cross through, bust out the aluminum, and stop the damage.
And then, it did something even more important.
It REVERSED the cognitive problems caused by aluminum!
The mice also had improvements in spatial learning and memory, making this potentially one of the biggest breakthroughs in cognitive health in years.
This needs to be confirmed by human trials before we get TOO excited.
But the early word is certainly encouraging – especially when you consider all the other benefits of curcumin, a natural inflammation-fighter than can fight chronic disease, enhance circulation and protect the heart, too.
The curcumin-turmeric oil in the new study is starting to become a little more common. Overall, however, I tend to prefer a form called Theracumin, which your body can also absorb more effectively than the standard stuff.