1. Stiff arteries lead to brain damage

    Keep traffic moving on the highway to your brain

    Healthy aging starts in your arteries -- even a mainstream pill-pushing quack will tell you that. And if yours are so flexible you could yank them out and crack 'em like a whip, you don't have much to worry about.

    But if they're stiffer than the president trying to defend his health care plan, you've got problems -- and not just in your heart, where hardened arteries can lead to heart attack and stroke.

    They could wreck your brain, too, by boosting levels of beta amyloid, according to one new study.

    That's the so-called "brain plaque" linked to dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and the damage doesn't stop there. If you let your arteries get REALLY stiff, you could also end up with lesions in your white matter -- and yes, that's every bit as bad as it sounds, as brain lesions are another major dementia warning sign.

    Stiff arteries make it harder for blood to flow. And when the blood can't flow, it can't reach your bloodthirsty brain (not to mention your heart and other vital organs).

    Clearly, you want to keep yours nice and flexible -- but if you ask the pill-pushers, they'll push their favorite pills at you. You know the ones I'm talking about: cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

    The theory is that since hardened arteries have buildups of cholesterol, the cholesterol must be the cause.

    I'm here to say that's absolutely and completely false.

    On its own, cholesterol will flow freely and cause no problems. It only sticks to the artery walls when your inflammation levels rise -- which is why high inflammation, and not high cholesterol, is the REAL cause of hardened arteries.

    And that's precisely why high levels of the inflammation marker homocysteine (and NOT high cholesterol) will lead to heart attack, dementia and more.

    So put down the statins and pick up a quality B complex instead -- because B6, B12 and folate can fight inflammation and keep your arteries free, clear and flexible.

    Not coincidentally, they're also proven to protect both heart and brain.

    I'm not done with artery health yet. Keep reading for the one thing in your home that could be turning your own arteries to stone right now.

  2. B blend beats dementia

    B vitamins slow the brain shrink that leads to Alzheimer's

    Yes, my friend, if you want tomorrow's medical breakthroughs today, you know where to look: Right here in the Daily Dose and in the pages of my Douglass Report newsletter.

    I've been telling you for years about the almost miraculous powers of B vitamins to slow, stop, and even reverse dementia.

    Now -- finally -- the mainstream is catching up, with new research confirming that a potent blend of B vitamins can stop the brain shrink that leads to cognitive decline, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease.

    Ready for the best part? You don't have to wait for some far-off day to get that same protection yourself.

    You can get it RIGHT NOW from the shelf of your local vitamin shop. Look for a B complex with 0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12, 20 milligrams of vitamin B6, and 0.8 milligrams of folic acid.

    This isn't new; these are the same levels I've been urging you to get all along. What is new, however, is the study that backs my advice right down to these actual doses.

    In this one, 156 seniors with mild memory loss and high levels of homocysteine (an inflammation marker linked to dementia and other diseases) were given either a placebo or those three B vitamins.

    The ones who got the placebo saw their brains continue to shrink rapidly, losing a whopping 5.2 percent of brain volume per year -- or right on pace for a date with dementia.

    The ones who got the B vitamins, on the other hand, saw their brain shrink come grinding almost to a halt. They lost 0.6 percent of their volume per year -- or just a hair above the 0.5 percent we see with normal aging.

    The researchers are planning more studies, but if you're worried about cognitive decline or if you're in the early stages of dementia yourself, you don't need to wait for their approval to start loading up on Bs.

    Start today.

    And if you want a look at the future yourself, dig into the past -- sign up for the Douglass Report, then use your password to read the September 2012 issue in my online archives for everything you need to know about B vitamins and brain protection.

  3. Vitamins boost brainpower

    Big Pharma has pumped billions into the hunt for a brain-boosting drug, and all they have to show for it so far is a bunch of tax write-offs. But there is something you can pop right now to get your brain juices flowing, and it's the cheap little pills you should be taking anyway -- your daily vitamins.
  4. The 'forbidden' foods that will save your brain

    A healthy diet rich in key nutrients can protect your brain and keep dementia at bay? No kidding! Yet that's the latest "discovery" from the mainstream -- and you're not going to believe what they put seniors through to figure this out.
  5. B vitamins can save your hearing

    A new study finds that older people with poor hearing are missing out on two of the key vitamins I've been urging you to take anyway: B12 and folate.
  6. Stop dementia before it starts

    Yet another study has found that vitamin B12 can lower your Alzheimer's risk -- and since you can't get this key nutrient from bunny chow, find yourself a good butcher now.
  7. Booze for the brain

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.

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