What I am doing to preserve my brain
- Created on Thursday, 07 January 2021 23:16
Alzheimer’s disease runs on both sides of my family, and my mother died with Lewy Body dementia, which is similar to Alzheimer’s. She and other family members lost their minds completely. My mother didn’t know who I was.
So, this is not a very good genetic legacy for me. So, what am I doing about it?
First, the most important thing that I am doing are all the things I am doing to preserve my general health. The brain is an organ, just like the heart or stomach. So, anything I do to optimize my nutrition, feeds my brain better. Anything I do to improve my circulation delivers blood to my brain better. Anything I do to bolster my immune system to fight infections and cancer benefits my brain as well. So, to the extent that I eat healthily, which to me means plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, especially salad greens and cooked greens, raw nuts and seeds, cooked beans and lentils, and whole grains, I am taking good care of my brain. To the extent that I exercise to bolster my circulation and stimulate hormone production and support my circadian rhythms, etc. my brain benefits. And to the extent that I avoid poison habits (alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs) I am sparing my brain abuse and preserving it.
But, I do more than that. I am taking supplements to support my brain health. First, I’ll mention anti-aging hormones that I take, which include DHEA, pregnenolone, and melatonin. All have been proven to protect the brain. I also take Acetyl-l-Carnitine because it too is a brain protector, and studies have shown that it combats the development of Alzheimer’s disease. But, there are two more things I take, and both are, strictly speaking, nutritional.
The first is Vitamin B-12, which is involved in DNA synthesis. A deficiency of it manifests in two ways: megaloblastic anemia and nerve damage, and it’s both motor and sensory nerves that get destroyed. However, in vegetarians like me, who eat a lot of vegetables, B12 deficiency manifests only with the nerve damage. That’s because a high intake of folate, which I most certainly get, substitutes for the B12 in red cell maturation; so, you don’t get the anemia. But, nothing replaces the B12 when it comes to the nerves, and that includes nerve cells within the brain. Dementia is a recognized manifestation of severe Vitamin B12 deficiency. And it is something that occurs in epidemic proportion because millions of seniors are deficient in B12. And that can be true even if they eat a lot of meat because, with aging, the absorption of B12 from food declines. It may decline to virtually zero. That’s why they developed these parenteral forms of B12 that can be absorbed from the oral mucosa. So, you either spray it in your mouth, or add it by droplet. And it absorbs right through the oral mucosa. We offer an excellent product of that kind, Liquid Vitamin B12.
Then, the other nutritional product I take for this is Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil. The brain needs EPA and DHA to be healthy, and the ability to create these long-chain poly-unsaturated fatty acids declines with age. It’s especially true for older men who just can’t convert alpha linolenic acid from plants into DHA any more. Getting pre-formed EPA and DHA is something that I consider to be vital to my brain health and general health.
I take Eicosomax from Klaire Labs because it is pure and concentrated. It is so pure, it doesn’t seem fishy. I never get any belching, burping, or repeating from it. And it is a therapeutic dose of EPA and DHA.
The amount of EPA and DHA in your brain is enormous and both are essential. DHA is directly involved in nerve cell activity, the conduction of impulses, while EPA is involved mostly in mediating inflammation.
Take it from me: this is important, and taking these supplements daily is something I never forget to do, no joke intended.