Category Archives: Brain Health

Super Nuts for Heart, Brain and Waistline

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 12, 2016

  • Nuts: No longer a forbidden snack
  • Here’s what a handful of nuts every day can do for you
  • Beware! There’s one nut you should never eat

My days here at the clinic can be pretty hectic. And like many people, I don’t always have enough time to sit down and eat a meal at lunch. On days when that happens, you’ll often find me munching on a handful of nuts.

Snacking on nuts comes with a few immediate benefits. They’re a great source of protein. Plus, they’re also very high in healthy fats. This combination goes a long way when it comes to satisfying hunger.

However, they also come with some pretty hefty long-term health effects that make them a perfect snack any time of the day, whether you’ve missed lunch or not. Continue reading

Reverse Damage to Your Aging Brain

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

July 15, 2016

  • Reverse damage to your aging brain
  • More mitochondria means more brainpower
  • Three nutrients that fuel your brain

In last issue, I introduced you to Dr. Bredesen’s MEND protocol.

This amazing treatment regimen is the first to show memory loss, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease are all reversible. This is true even in patients who carry the APOE4 gene – a variant that puts them at greater risk of Alzheimer’s.

It’s a personalized program that deals with much more than the brain. That’s because everything going on in your body affects your brain chemistry. This includes the foods you eat, the way your genes are expressed and even the condition of your mitochondria. Continue reading

Groundbreaking News: You CAN Reverse Alzheimer’s

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

July 11, 2016

  • Reverse Alzheimer’s and boost brain volume
  • No drugs, psychiatric care or side effects
  • Dementia-busting tips you can put to use immediately

Today, there is no medical cure for Alzheimer’s disease. So the true story I’m about to tell you brings a great deal of promise to anyone hoping to revitalize their brainpower.

You see, a 66-year old man with well documented early Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment signed up for a very unique program.

When he started, the volume of his hippocampus (which is critical in consolidating daily information from short term memory to long term) was smaller than 83% of men his age. He also had reduced glucose utilization, which is indicative of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, he carried the APOE4 gene variant, which placed him at greater risk for the disease. Continue reading

Allergy Meds Shrink Brain

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

June 29, 2016

  • Over-the-counter allergy meds linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Are antihistamines shrinking your brain?
  • Here’s how to relieve allergy symptoms… without losing brainpower

I don’t think I know a single person who has never taken an antihistamine. In fact, the use of these over-the-counter drugs is so commonplace that it’s easy to forget that they come with serious side effects.

One of the worst, by far, is their link to the development of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Continue reading

Super Juice for Your Heart, Brain and Joints

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 27, 2016

  • The super juice that slashes your chance of a heart attack or stroke
  • It powers up your stamina and endurance
  • … And gets rid of those aching joints

If you could drink a glass of juice every morning that would protect your heart and brain, boost your stamina and ease your aching joints all day long, would you do it?

Sure you would. And you can!

You can get all of these amazing benefits from a single glass of red beetroot juice each day.

Now, I’ve been an advocate for beetroot juice for a long time. It’s what I would call a “super juice” – particularly when it comes to safeguarding your cardiovascular system. Continue reading

Foods that take 5 Years off Your Brain’s Age

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

May 13, 2016

  • Foods that age your brain
  • How to make your brain five years younger
  • Eat like a Mediterranean to ward off dementia

If you want to get through life without developing dementia, the best thing you can do is feed your brain.

You see, that old expression “you are what you eat” is especially true when it comes to your brain health. Eat the wrong foods – like ones that are high in sugar and salt – and you’re more likely to lose brain power as you age. They literally shrink your brain.

But eat the right ones and you can actually cut five years off of your brain’s age. Continue reading

Food for Your Eyes and Brain

October 23, 2015

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

In This Issue:

  • Are you taking your vision seriously enough?
  • Protect your independence as you age
  • The nutrients your eyes and brain crave

Aging takes a toll on your body.

That’s why you try to take such good care of it by eating the right foods and exercising.

Continue reading

Two Recommendations to Save Your Brain

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 21, 2015

  • This is your brain on diabetes
  • Why poor blood flow and high blood sugar don’t mix
  • Two recommendations to save your brain

You probably know several people who have type 2 diabetes. You might even have it yourself. That’s because about one out of every three adults here in the U.S. is a full-fledged diabetic. Continue reading

This is Your Brain on Telomeres

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Medicine

April 17, 2015

  • Are you just a telomere length away from dementia?
  • Boost your brainpower with longer telomeres
  • Enjoy (and remember!) the best years of your life

There’s a way of thinking here in the U.S. that I find disturbing.

Most people expect to grow old…not just age, but grow old.

They expect to get sick and lose their mental faculties as they age. In their minds, once they reach 60, life will be an uphill battle all of the way.

You might be one of these people.

I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s a defeatist attitude, and in most cases, it’s a lot of worry over nothing, since simple dietary and lifestyle changes can transform your life to a healthier more active one if you really want it.

If you plan on living a long and healthy life – and if you treat your body like you expect to become a lively and vivacious senior citizen – you can keep both your health and your memory intact well into old age.

In the last issue of Advanced Natural Medicine, I shared some tips to help you avoid Alzheimer’s disease.

Many of them mirror the methods used in Dr. Bredesen’s MEND protocol for Alzheimer’s disease. You see, he and I have a lot in common. We have a very similar focus, with the same astounding results.

A good part of the reason for this could well be because both of our protocols don’t just support brain health. They also support the length of your telomeres.

Now I mentioned this before.

The relation between telomeres and brain health is somewhat controversial. But there’s no denying that the same things that support longer telomeres are also associated with better cognitive function and a much lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Previously we talked about some very simple lifestyle changes that can improve your mental abilities and stave off dementia.

Today, I’d like to share a few supplements that can exponentially decrease your risk of mental decline, along with a final tip for top-notch brain health.

Vitamin D deficiency is common here in the U.S. In fact, a whopping three out of four people here in the U.S. are running low on this nutrient.

If your doctor measures it at any of the main labs, the reference range is 30-100 pg/nl. Now, your number may be 32, and the lifeguard at the beach could be 100.

So how do you know where you should be positioned at?

Well depending on what medical issues you are dealing with, your Vitamin D level should follow the need. If you have any autoimmune issues, I look for it to be close to 70-80 pg/nl as a sufficient number.

Even if you’re only moderately deficient in vitamin D, it could increase your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by more than 50%. If you’re severely deficient, it can more than double your odds of these mind-robbing conditions.

In addition to that, if you have insufficient levels of vitamin D, your telomeres could be five years older than they should be.

However, deficiency of this nutrient is easy to remedy. Simply supplement with the most active form of vitamin D available. It’s called vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, and it’s the one that will give you the most benefit. I suggest 2,000 IU daily, or up to 5,000 IU if you’ve been tested as deficient.

Certain B vitamins can help reduce an inflammatory marker that’s a threat to your brain health. It’s called homocysteine.

A high level of this amino acid is associated with a much greater chance you’ll end up with Alzheimer’s or dementia. It’s also linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, which could leave you with vascular dementia.

And I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that elevated levels of homocysteine are also linked to shortened telomeres. However, there is a pretty easy way to gain control of your homocysteine levels.

The three B vitamins that support healthy homocysteine levels are:

  • Folic acid (800 mcg)
  • Vitamin B12 (1,000 mcg)
  • Vitamin B6 (20 mg)

Take these amounts daily to support both your mental faculties and the length of your telomeres.

Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in grapes and wine, turns on the anti-aging gene SIRT1. This gene promotes clearance of alpha beta, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. It also helps protect your neurons and regulates inflammation.

At the same time, SIRT1 reduces telomere shortening and revs up your mitochondria. Both of these are critical when it comes to your brain health.

You can amplify the results you get with resveratrol by combining it with its highly potent cousin, pterostilbene. It’s a whopping four times more bioavailable than resveratrol alone. I recommend at least 50 mg of resveratrol and 25 mg of pterostilbene each day.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another winner. These fatty acids help reduce brain shrinkage, strengthen neurons, increase blood flow to the brain, protect against depression and reduce levels of beta amyloid.

Omega-3’s also help prevent your telomeres from shortening – and can even make them longer. So they pack quite a punch to keep your brain and body firing on all cylinders.

Look for a fish oil supplement that contains oil from fresh, wild-caught, deep sea fish. And make sure it’s been molecularly distilled and tested for purity (i.e., no mercury.) I recommend 4000 mg daily to protect your brain and lengthen your telomeres.

Now I’m going to share one more tip and you just might find it to be the most fun out of the bunch.

One of the most important aspects of your brain is that it’s constantly changing.

New connections are made, while others may disappear. Brain volume might shrink in some areas and expand in others. Brain cells are constantly regenerating.

It’s like a roadmap that changes every day.

But once you stop putting those skills to use, the roadmap in your brain stops creating new pathways. It starts to wither away. But there is something you can do.

Namely: Embrace a lifetime of learning.

Now, some learning activities, like studying a new language, can even make your hippocampus grow larger. But, if learning another language doesn’t appeal to you, there are many other things you might want to know more about.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to play a musical instrument, learn how to grow organic herbs or even take up writing.

The key here is to actually take the time to do it.

The tips I’ve shared with you could make the difference between living out your senior years in a nursing home, and enjoying the most memorable time of your life.

So what do you say? Are you ready to go for it? I hope you are.