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  1. B vitamins can help protect against memory problems

    Common vitamins beat dementia

    I'll take Mother Nature over Big Pharma any day -- and once again, she's delivered where the drug industry has failed: A breakthrough new study confirms that ordinary B vitamins can fight dementia and memory problems by slowing the physical damage in the brain that accompanies the disease.

    That's not just good news. That's life-changing news for the millions of seniors facing the ravages of cognitive decline and memory problems.

    But if you think Big Pharma is going to throw in the towel and recommend vitamins, you just don't know them very well.

    As I write this, they're working on a way to sell B vitamins as a drug -- and you can bet it'll cost a small fortune to get your hands on it when they eventually ram it through the FDA approvals process.

    The good news is, you don't have to wait for this "drug" and you certainly don't have to shell out big money to get it when it does reach the market -- because you can get the same doses of brain-protecting B vitamins used in the research from your local vitamin shop right now.

    And it'll cost you just pennies a day.

    I have so much more to share with you on the breakthrough science every senior needs to read -- including the exact doses I recommend -- coming up in the July issue of my Health Revelations newsletter.

    Subscribers, you can expect to find it in your mailbox in the coming weeks. Not a subscriber? Sign up here and beat the drug industry at its own game.

    While you wait for that issue to arrive, there are other steps you can take right now to protect your brain from memory problems, starting with ordinary exercise. It's the single best way to improve circulation -- and if any part of your body depends on good circulation as much as your heart, it's your brain.

    Once you start to work out, your risk of dementia could plunge by more than a third, according to a recent study.

    And of course, don't forget the role of diet here.

    Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, a low-fat diet simply isn't the best way to protect your brain for memory problems. Your brain actually depends on fat -- especially the healthy fats found in fish and olive oil.

    That's why a new study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry finds that older people who stick to a Mediterranean diet rich in these healthy fats have higher scores on mental tests and a lower risk of brain impairment and dementia than dieters who go low-fat.

    The Mediterranean diet also has more food choices and better food choices -- and you won't walk around feeling hungry all the time like you do when you try a low-fat diet.

    And if that's not enough of an incentive to give it a try, this delicious diet can also protect your heart and prevent stroke. (Learn more here.)

    Finally, remember that many cases of dementia may not be dementia at all. Everything from drug side effects to metals exposure can cause or mimic cognitive decline -- which is why it's essential to visit a holistic physician who can run tests to help find the real cause of your memory problems.

    In many cases, these "non-dementia dementias" can be treated and even reversed.

  2. Fake fat, real pounds

    Remember olestra, the fake fat marketed under the name "Olean" that was all the rage a few years back?

    It was supposed to turn belly-bursting snacks into low-fat treats, but public tolerance for this stuff quickly pooped out: Its side effects include severe diarrhea and the infamous "anal leakage."

    Olestra isn't as widely used as it once was, but it's still a key ingredient in "low-fat" and "light" versions of popular potato chips. And it turns out eating those "light" version could have very heavy consequences.

    Researchers randomly gave a group of rats either normal potato chips – which are plenty bad enough on their own – or a mix of normal chips and chips with olestra.

    No word if the olestra rats got the runs – but they did get something else: big rodent bellies.

    The researchers let both sets of rodents eat as much as they wanted of either a high-fat or low-fat diet, and found
    that the fat-eating rats that got olestra didn't know when to stop.

    They just kept right on eating, gained weight, and developed more fatty tissue as a result. 

    Rats on a low-fat diet didn't have the same problem – at first. But once fats were put back into the diet, they joined the pig out (or is it a rat out?) and kept eating as well.

    Here's the most frightening part: When potato chips of all kinds were taken off the menu, the rats didn't lose the weight.

    In fact, they kept right on overeating.

    Sound like anyone you know?

    Gullible dieters spend billions a year on snacks that claim to be "low-fat," "light," and "low calorie" – but none of them ever seem to lose any weight, and many of them actually pack on more pounds than ever before as they load up on this supposed diet food.

    That's true whether the treats contain olestra or not – because supermarket snacks and fast-food treats are almost always packed with even worse ingredients, including deadly processed carbs such as "fat-free" sugar.

    Bottom line: Whether you're a rat or a human, the only way to lose the weight is to skip the snacks – no matter what promise is made on the label.

  3. Fats? Yes! Carbs? No!

    Now, top researchers from the nation's leading institutions are singing a new tune, because they're finally recognizing that fat on the belly isn't caused by fat on the dinner plate--but by the sugar and other carbs hidden inside the staples of the modern American diet.

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