Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease. If you know someone affected by it, you can see it from the outside. If you’re personally living it, I’m sorry. Progress has been slow in a disease that can act so quickly.
But it’s not all bad news.
Recent research has shown that memories, formerly thought to be lost once forgotten, are still recoverable.
How is that possible?
A new study reveals that by using optogenetics – using light to trigger nerve cells with special proteins – in mice can cause neurons to grow dendritic spines, which are the connectors that join neurons to other neurons. This may reopen pathways previously closed, allowing memory transfer.
How does it work?
By pulsing light, mimicking processes that occur within the brain when it repeatedly calls up old memories, the subjects (mice) who had developed Alzheimer’s-like symptoms and were subsequently unafraid of objects that should have caused fear, re-developed normal fears.
While the researchers aren’t certain this technique can be replicated in humans, it does offer some hope.
“Lead scientist Prof Susumu Tonegawa, from the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the U.S., said: “The important point is, this a proof of concept. That is, even if a memory seems to be gone, it is still there. It’s a matter of how to retrieve it.”
What Can I Do Now?
There are a few changes you can make in your life now though. All are preventative measures. The goal is to lower free-radical damage, and consume more healthy fats associated with Omega-3s.
Intermittent fasting is more of a lifestyle shift rather than simply a diet change. It’s a way of living and eating that can help you live a longer, healthier life without feeling like you are actually sacrificing. Intermittent fasting benefits your overall health, as it may very well extend lifespan, and does indeed protect against disease.
The way it protects you is by activating a protein known colloquially as “Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor”. This in combination with the added benefits of a reduction of oxidative stresses means that your brain has time to eliminate free radicals, and has the proteins needed to heal. Learn more here: http://theheartysoul.com/anti-aging-diet-intermittent-fasting/
Follow a Specific Alzheimer’s Diet: Avoiding refined grains is key to an Alzheimer’s preventative diet. Not because they’re full of starchy unhealthiness, but because they are low in B vitamins and folic acid, both of which are crucial to brain health.
It’s also important to remove aluminium foil from your house and avoid foods with significant contact with it from your diet. This includes anything packaged in aluminium, or processed cheeses. It also means lowering your intake of sugar and alcohol. Read more here: http://theheartysoul.com/essential-alzheimers-diet-info/
Ginger: Researchers at the Department of Neurochemistry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences have reported that, “ginger may provide “multiple therapeutic molecular targets of AD and can be considered as an effective nontoxic nutraceutical supplement for Alzheimer’s Disease.”
Ginger has already been established as a strong anti-oxidant and its anti-inflammatory properties are well-documented, but both of these additions to your diet can be crucial for reducing their counterparts, which have a direct affect on Alzheimer’s.
If you’d like to read more about reducing your chances of Alzheimer’s, you can read something here: http://theheartysoul.com/dangers-of-mercury-fillings/
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