Arm your brain against dementia
This could be the biggest breakthrough in Alzheimer's research in years -- a major piece of the puzzle that could help us spot the earliest warning signs and stop it dead in its tracks.
And it starts with your brain's natural defense system, the blood-brain barrier.
That's what allows oxygen and nutrients in your blood to enter the brain AND keeps out any toxins. And for the most part, it works like a charm.
But sometimes, a "leak" allows toxins to come rushing in -- and since those toxins (especially metals) often play a key role in neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, it's no surprise that a new study that finds seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer's have more leaks in their blood-brain barriers.
The biggest damage happens in the gray matter of the cortex -- the very region where toxic proteins accumulate in dementia patients.
But you can repair the leaky pipes in your brain with three safe, natural, and inexpensive tools that have already been proven to help protect the brain from dementia.
Get started on making these changes today, and you might never have to battle cognitive problems tomorrow:
1) Probiotics: When you take an antibiotic, it can wipe your own supply of gut bacteria clean -- and it could stay depleted or out of balance LONG after you've stopped taking it. Some studies even show it's never the same again! Take a probiotic supplement to restore the bacterial balance in your gut -- because a study on mice found that their blood-brain barrier started to crumble when they were wiped of their gut bacteria, but it tightened up again when the good bugs had been replenished.
2) Vitamins B6, B12, and folate: These three are absolutely essential to brain function, and they can play a key role in strengthening the blood-brain barrier... especially in the folks most at risk for Alzheimer's disease, like folks with high levels of inflammation and mild cognitive impairment. After taking a supplement with these three nutrients in a 2003 study, they saw improved function in their blood-brain barriers and slowed progression of their cognitive impairment. Blends containing these have also been shown in other studies to help slow the "brain shrink" and to improve cognition in folks in the early stages of cognitive decline.
3) Thiamine: Boosting your intake of this B vitamin could help strengthen your blood-brain barrier. Sometimes, you'll find it in the same blend that has the B6, B12, and folate I just mentioned but your doctor can tell you how much of these nutrients you need and the best ways to get them. Avoid alcohol, which can block thiamine so it doesn't get used the way it should.
Finally, be sure to protect against those tiny "microbleeds" in the brain that you can't see or feel... but that can double your risk of dementia. Learn more on how to stop them right here.