I love when I get to learn along with you.
Case in point: There’s a new, futuristic, memory-saving technique on the horizon.
It’s one that uses a special helmet that delivers near-infrared light directly to the brain. Research reveals it may improve memory, motor function, and processing skills in older adults.
The best part? It may even offer hope for Alzheimer’s patients.
Here’s everything you need to know…
Let there be light
The technical name of this treatment is near-infrared transcranial photobiomodulation therapy, or PBM-T. So far, studies in animals and people have shown “many positive effects.”
In fact, research shows that PBM-T can boost blood circulation, which helps to oxygenate the brain. It can also increase mitochondria function—your cells’ tiny power centers—in neurons, while protecting against oxidative stress and maintaining brain cell connectivity.
All of that, in turn, leads to better memory function and mobility. But that’s not all…
Research also shows that PBM-T can lower levels of amyloid and tau, two proteins implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. (Of course, like cholesterol, it’s still unknown whether these markers really mean anything—but lowering them may still mean good news for your memory.)
To reach these conclusions, researchers gathered 14 healthy adults between the ages of 45 and 70 years. Each participant received six minutes of transcranial PBM-T twice daily for four weeks. Meanwhile, another control group of 13 adults used a sham PBM-T helmet that didn’t deliver any near-infrared light.
Before and after both treatments, study subjects finished automated neuropsychological assessments to gauge the speed and accuracy of their attention, memory, and cognition.
Ultimately, only the subjects that received active PBM-T saw significant improvements in motor function, working memory, delayed memory, and brain processing speed. The best part? These benefits all came without any adverse effects.
Hope against Alzheimer’s
Now, let’s talk about what makes this new technology really important…
The Alzheimer’s Association is funding research into noninvasive treatments for this life-changing disease—including trials on photobiomodulation. So it might not be long before PBM-T emerges as a standard therapy for cognitive decline.
And that’s a good thing—because another study that used the same methods showed that PBM-T could also help to improve memory in older dementia patients.
In that study, 39 participants all received six minutes of PBM-T, twice daily for eight weeks. (A control group of 17 subjects received sham treatments.)
By the end of the trial, the group receiving PBM-T saw a 20 percent improvement in their Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) scores… versus just a six percent improvement among controls. (These scores help determine levels of cognitive decline, with lower scores indicating more serious threats to memory and cognition, ultimately pointing to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.)
And that’s promising news!
Remember, there are NO drugs for memory loss that actually work right now. (The brain is too complex for Big Pharma to figure out.) So if we’re going to tackle this growing problem, we’re going to have to think outside of the conventional box.
That’s why I’m so happy to see some research moving in that direction.
But in the meantime, there are still a lot of strategies that you can use to protect your aging brain—starting TODAY. Because the truth is, it’s never too late—or too early—to slam the brakes on cognitive decline.
To learn all about my all-natural protocol to protect and restore memory, strengthen focus, and fight dementia as you age, I encourage you to check out my Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention Plan. To learn more about this innovative, online learning tool—or to enroll today—click here now!
“Novel Light Therapy Helmet Boosts Brain Function.” Medscape Medical News, 10/21/2021. (medscape.com/viewarticle/961326)