I know a lot of you are concerned about brain health — and with Alzheimer’s disease in particular. And it’s no wonder. Once every 66 seconds, another person in the United States develops the disease. And that rate is expected to double within the next 30 years or so.
It’s a terrifying statistic. But the news isn’t all bad. In fact, I recently took part in a webinar on the topic of natural Alzheimer’s prevention, and it was a resounding success. The participants left feeling optimistic and hopeful, with real, actionable steps they could take against this disease.
The truth is, we already know a lot about how to protect brain health. And the wheels of research never stop — more evidence on natural brain support is being published all the time.
Today I want to tell you about a few supplements in particular that, when taken together, may slow brain atrophy in patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory and cognitive impairment.
According to new research, taking L-methlyfolate, methlycobalmin, and n-acetyl cysteine — three nutrients I recommend to almost all of my patients — can help slam the brakes on memory loss.
It’s no coincidence that these supplements are also used to treat high homocysteine levels. High homocysteine levels are best known for their connection to increased risk for cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. But homocysteine increasingly appears to be related to Alzheimer’s and brain disorders as well.
The study I want to tell you about included 67 patients with high homocysteine levels and Alzheimer’s or cognitive impairment. The researchers wanted to see whether supplementing with a product containing the three nutrients I mentioned above would affect brain changes over time. And the results were stunning.
At the beginning and end of the study, the researchers examined three regions of the brain to determine rates of atrophy (or, as I call it, “brain shrinkage”). They found that after two years, the atrophy rate of the hippocampus (responsible for emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system) was more than four times slower in those taking the supplements. Even more impressive: The rate of atrophy in the cortex (responsible for thought and action) was more than 11 times slower in the supplement group.
Pretty good stuff, right? Personally, I walked away from this study with two important takeaways.
The first is that the supplements I’ve been recommending are extremely effective.
The second is that I’ve been right all along about homocysteine — how important it is to get your levels checked, and to keep them in a healthy range. Too low isn’t good, and neither is too high. (For the record, you want yours around 8.)
Homocysteine is such an important health marker, in fact, that I’ll be covering it in much more detail in the upcoming February issue of my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter.
I’ll tell you all of the serious conditions high homocysteine is linked to (unfortunately, heart disease and Alzheimer’s are just the beginning). And I’ll give you detailed advice for getting your own levels tested, and bringing them down naturally if they’re too high.
This is an issue you really can’t afford to miss, so if you’re not already a subscriber, now is the perfect time to become one.
Shankle WR, Hara J, Barrentine LW, Curole MV. CerefolinNAC therapy of hyperhomocysteinemia delays cortical and white matter atrophy in Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2016;54(3):1073-1084.