Neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s is
on the increase and despite what health care around the world say that obesity
will be the single biggest cost they are wrong. While this article will give
you the ability to make an informed choice about your neural health there is
not enough space for an in depth review of just what one can do. We will look
at some of the most important aspects for now.
Just like any muscle of the body, when we sleep
the healing process takes place. A recent article on the BBC web page says that
of 15500 twelve to eighteen year olds who went to bed after midnight were 24%
more likely to have depression than those who went to bed at 22H00. There are many factors from sleep that
contribute to the healing process. The release of a hormone called Melatonin
has a significant effect. It not only is a very good antioxidant but it also
sets up our circadian rhythms, which ultimately regulate the entire timing of
the hormonal system. This is essential for healthy growth and repair of all
tissue. It has been shown that when Cortisol levels are high, which happens
when we are stimulated, naturally or with the use of anything that ends in
‘ine’ like caffeine, our brain learns from our actions what to do to survive.
People who get stressed and always respond in the same way easily explain this.
Another way to explain this is when one has not eaten for a long period and has
therefore relied on ‘ine’. If there first meal is a fatty, sugary meal there Cortisol
will teach the brain to crave this type of food, which ultimately leads to
obesity. Obesity has also been shown to contribute to neurodegenerative
There are other issues with any one who has long-term
stimulation from stress. Weather this stress is from life like work,
relationships at work and personal to anyone using ‘ine’ like using
thermogenics sold to loose weight. The net result over a long period is
neurodegenerative disease. This occurs because as the sympathetic drive is
chronically elevated growth and repair of tissue cant occur effectively. The
increase in blood pressure is not good for neural tissue, which is very
sensitive to pressure. Chronic sympathetic stimulation forces the majority of
the blood to the hind brain for survival and does not leave much in the cortex
area. Chronic sympathetic stimulation also leads to the release of high levels
of Cortisol and clotting agents in the blood making the blood more viscous.
This leads to chronic low levels of inflammation, another cause of
The brain has a blood brain barriers (BBB) to
protect it from anything in the blood. Only partials of a certain size can
cross and when it crosses over it uses a transport system. Understanding this
transport system is critical so that one can allow the most efficient mix of
supplements to reach the brain. Alpha Lapoic Acid (ALA) is another very good antioxidant;
it also has an effect on the insulin receptor making it more efficient. The
vast majority of ALA is the S form, while it has a benefit for the body it does
not cross the BBB and so cant affect the brain. The R for ALA can cross the BBB
and so this does help protect the brain. Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a substrate for Acetylcholine,
which is critical for memory; it also has a protective effect on the
mitochondria of the brain. Idebenone is another very good antioxidant and once
again protects the mitochondria of the brain and heart. Phosphatidylcholine,
Phosphatidylserine and Citicholine are all important for cognitive function.
Genistein, Allica and Silymarin inhibit excess NO in the brain, which leads to
degeneration of neural tissue. While there are other supplements that should be
use to reduce chronic inflammation of the brain we have not included them here.
Environmental pollution is another cause of neurodegenerative disease.
Going back to the first point that we made
about chronic sympathetic stimulation. When Sympathetically stimulated the
Limbic and Hippocampus get involved. This chronic overstimulation of these
areas and not allowing the chemicals produced from this to be dissipated leads
to neurodegenerative disease. When
an animal survives a near death experience like being hunted by a predator, it
physically continues to move so that all excess chemicals associated with
sympathetic stimulation can de dissipated. Finding a way that is healthy to
burn up these excess chemicals when stressed is important.
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Newsletter was prepared from medical and scientific sources, which are
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should not be used to treat or to prevent any medical condition unless it is
used with the full knowledge, compliance and agreement of your personal
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proceeding with any changes in any health care program.