It’s like those scenes in a murder mystery movie where the detective misses the most obvious and important clue… and you’re practically SHOUTING at the screen.
Except in this case, it’s researchers zeroing in on a MEDICAL mystery.
Specifically, how to stop the aging in the brain that leads to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
And they came SO CLOSE to nailing it!
So close… but no cigar.
So allow me to share the near-breakthrough that scientists just made.
Then, I’ll give you the big clue they missed – putting you one step ahead of some of the best brains in the world.
And that’ll also give your own brain a leg up in the battle against aging… cognitive decline… and even dementia!
Protect your memory with these nutritional essentials
Like I said, they got off to a promising start here.
They didn’t launch yet another investigation into the usual suspects of beta amyloid and such (which are important, mind you, but only PART of a much more complicated picture).
They approached it from another angle altogether by looking at oxygen.
If oxygen is fuel, then your brain’s a real gas guzzler. It’s just 2 percent of your body by weight… yet sucks up 20 percent of all your oxygen!
But a lot of oxygen also means the potential for reactive oxygen species and oxidative stress, which can damage DNA and cripple your brain’s ability to repair that damage, all at once.
So the new research starts by looking at the natural enemy of oxidation: antioxidants in the diet.
Not every antioxidant seemed to make a difference.
In fact, most didn’t (which shows just how complex this entire process is).
But they also found something else…
Certain antioxidants DID help to slow overall cognitive decline and especially drops in verbal memory.
Specifically, vitamin E as well as certain carotenoids, especially lycopene.
And I gotta say, that’s a good start… but they didn’t finish the job!
See, by limiting themselves to antioxidants in diet, they missed out on a chance to see what OTHER antioxidants can do – especially the ones most people don’t get in high amounts from diet.
One of the best is a pink pigment called astaxanthin, which is about 50 TIMES more powerful than vitamin E.
In one study, 12 mg per day led to improvements in CogHealth scores and maze learning rates in men and women 45-65 who had complaints about forgetfulness. And in another study of healthy adults, just 6 mg a day led to improvements in word recall tests.
Astaxanthin comes from a microalgae that wild salmon just love to eat, giving the flesh that delicate pink color.
The only problems is you have to eat salmon 2-4 times a week to hit the astaxanthin levels used in studies. (And you have to make sure it’s WILD salmon; farmed salmon are fed dye to mimic that pink color.)
If you love salmon… and can pull that off, week after week… you’re all set.
If not, look for it as a supplement. It’s available by itself as well as in age-fighting formulas.