natural brain protection

  1. How diabetes can turn into dementia

    What diabetes does to your brain

    If there's anything worse for your brain than a career in football, boxing or politics, it's diabetes. Type 2 diabetes will bash your head from the inside -- but you won't feel a thing.

    Not at first anyway.

    Then, it happens: You start to forget stuff.

    Early on, you might dismiss it as "brain farts." But these little episodes are really the warning signs of damage inside your brain -- damage CAUSED by diabetes, as new research shows how this disease can lead directly to memory loss and even dementia.

    As you develop insulin resistance, your body starts to produce more of the stuff in what will ultimately turn into a failed effort to control excess sugar in your blood.

    What happens instead, however, is that some of the extra insulin leaks out of your bloodstream and into the brain, where it wipes out the enzyme needed to clear amyloid protein.

    When amyloid protein builds up in your brain, you get plaques and tangles -- and those plaques and tangles are one of the major warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    Since you can't crack open human heads and watch the damage as it unfolds, researchers used rats in the new study. First, the rodents were put on a junk food diet to give them diabetes the same way humans get it. And then, as the disease progressed, the rats suffered memory loss -- with their brains showing the same pattern of damage we see in HUMAN patients with Alzheimer's disease.

    The study helps explain why up to 70 percent of all diabetics can expect to battle dementia at some point. (The rest don't miss out on the disease -- most of them simply don't live long enough to get it.)

    If you don't have diabetes yet, it's time to get serious about making sure you don't get it. And if you have it already, it's not too late to take action to save your brain and your life at the same time.

    In either case, my answer is the same: a diet rich in animal fats with minimal carbs and zero added sugars.

    And for one way to help control blood sugar and prevent diabetes, keep reading.

  2. Dementia 'cure' not ready for prime time

    Protect your brain from dementia without drugs

    Five years to an Alzheimer's cure? That's the latest claim making the rounds -- but don't hold your breath.

    The so-called promising new drug that's just a few years away from sparing everyone the misery of dementia has actually flunked just about every test and trial thrown its way so far.

    Every failure brings new excuses -- like the drug fell short because the patients didn't start early enough.

    So now, they're pulling the oldest trick in the book: They're starting patients on this experimental new drug so early that it's unclear whether they even have dementia at all.

    After all, there's no blood test for dementia or Alzheimer's. It's a diagnosis based on opinion more than anything else, especially in the earliest stages.

    But by starting people on the drug who DON'T have the disease, they can claim success when many of them later DON'T develop it... even though they might not have gotten dementia anyway, even without the drug.

    Don't fall for it. And don't buy into the nonsense that dementia is inevitable or that there's no way to stop it -- because if you take action now, you CAN protect your brain and slash your risk of getting this disease even if you're already starting to suffer from cognitive decline.

    All you need are some brain-friendly nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins.

    A blend of B6, B12 and folic acid has been proven in multiple studies to slow the brain shrink that marks dementia and slow or even reverse the decline that comes with it -- and you don't have to wait five years to get it.

    You can find a quality B complex in any decent vitamin shop right now. Look for one with at least 0.5 milligrams of vitamin B12, 20 milligrams of vitamin B6, and 0.8 milligrams of folic acid.

    PS: Want more tips on beating dementia? Use the password in this month's Douglass Report to login to my online archives and read the August 2013 issue.

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  3. Veg-heavy diet leads to depression

    A diet rich in greens can leave you deficient in iron, boosting your risk of depression by 700 percent, according to one new study.
  4. Multiple drugs kill brain cells

    Taking three or more drugs at the same time can kill brain cells, especially the essential gray matter needed for everyday function.
  5. How animal fats and nutrients keep your brain functioning

    The B vitamins found in meats are proven again to be the best natural source of brain protection around.

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