beta amyloid

  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. When a 'brain fart' is really dementia

    Seniors can tell when cognitive decline is setting in

    There's no single test for dementia -- but that hasn't stopped the "experts" from charging an arm and a leg to tell you whether or not you have the condition.

    And the dirty secret of gerontology is that these "experts" are wrong nearly as often as they're right. (It's true! Read all about it here.)

    So put your wallet away, because I'm going to save you some time and money today. The best person for detecting the onset of cognitive decline and dementia isn't a doctor, and it's not some pricey specialist.

    It's YOU.

    You know when you're slipping better than anyone else -- and a new study confirms it. Researchers scanned the brains of 131 seniors, including a set of seniors worried that they might be starting to slip, but who had no outward signs of the condition.

    Turns out they had a good reason to be worried: The scans revealed higher levels of beta-amyloid, a protein linked to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    Now, it's easy to go nuts over this and think you're literally losing your mind with every little brain fart, burp and hiccup.

    Don't.

    There's a difference between the normal slips that come with age and real decline -- a difference you'll know if you ever experience it.

    Some of the big signs to watch for include being confused by easy tasks, having trouble understanding a book or TV show and getting lost in familiar places.

    But even if you experience some of those warning signs... even if you KNOW your memory is starting to slip... even if you're SURE cognitive decline is starting to set in, don't panic.

    First, many cases of memory loss and even cognitive decline don't lead to dementia.

    And second, there's an easy way to slow, stop and reverse dementia when it does strike -- and it's an ordinary blend of B vitamins.

    This stuff is so effective and so powerful that drug companies are looking for a way to jack up the price and sell it as a prescription medication.

    But you don't have to wait, and you don't have to pay big bucks -- because you can get this blend right now on the cheap at any corner pharmacy.

    I had the groundbreaking science -- including the exact doses used in research -- in the September 2012 edition of my Douglass Report newsletter. Sign up today, and you'll get full access to that and all my other back issues online.

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