Have you ever heard of Alzheimer’s disease? Have you heard of senile dementia? Perhaps you have a family history of these problems and you hope to avoid them in your golden years.
An ounce of cure is worth a pound of cure!
The ICT Protocol is something you can do now to reduce the likelihood of you developing these tragic problems. Your brain is like a high-performance car. It was designed to run best on high octane fuel. Sure, it can run on regular gas, but performance issues will follow.
Absorption of vital nutrients depends on a good diet and on the health of the intestinal membrane. As we age, both diet and intestinal function are closely associated with health even more so that in your youth.
The intestines become less efficient and elderly people are notorious for not eating a well-balanced diet. Studies show that the B vitamins are very important for neurological function. B1-thiamine, B2-riboflavin, B3-niacine, B9-folate, B12-cyanocobalamin or methylcobalamin are not always found in high enough doses in the traditional American diet.
In older people, this problem can be exacerbated by less efficient intestinal absorption. Glucose, oxygen, calcium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, carnitine, omega-3 fatty acids are also paramount to brain health. Vitamins D, E, and C also play a pivotal role in protecting and proper functioning of the brain.
The B vitamins lower an inflammatory trigger called homocysteine which seems to play a pivotal role in Alzheimer’s disease.
Destruction of the myelin covering of the brain and formation of amyloid plaques leads to brain shrinkage and the common problems associated with Alzheimer’s patients.
A recent study just concluded that Vitamin D and saturated fat consumption are crucial for maintaining brain mass.
This is of importance when many Americans are on cholesterol lowering statin drugs which effects saturated fat reaction in the body!
So what can you do as a preventative measure?
Increasing the vitamins and minerals mentioned above is a great idea. Adding the following foods to your diet also adds valuable protection against Alzheimer’s.
Medium chain triglycerides have been shown to help in the process of excess calorie burning, thus triggering weight loss. They also play a role in promoting fat oxidation helping brain function.
Avocados, coconut oil and certain fish species like salmon supply these powerful triglycerides.
Curcumin (an extract from the spice turmeric), blueberries, pomegranate, and cinnamon are powerful antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation. People have used a mixture of the above ingredients in a health shake especially at bedtime to enhance brain protection.
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