natural dementia prevention

  1. Elevated glucose boosts dementia risk

    High blood sugar damages the brain

    If the looming threat of diabetes isn't enough to get you to keep your blood sugar levels in check, consider this: High glucose means high Alzheimer's risk.

    Doesn't matter if you're not diabetic.

    Doesn't even matter if you carry a gene known to cause your Alzheimer's risk to skyrocket.

    What REALLY matters is blood sugar -- and the higher your levels, the higher your risk of the disease, even if they're just on the high side of normal.

    In one new study, researchers looked at brain scans of 124 patients between the ages of 47 and 68. None were diabetic, and all were cognitively normal.

    Well, normal for now anyway. Since they all had a family history of Alzheimer's disease, the sad truth is at least some of them could end up with the disease no matter what they do.

    But whether they know it or not, too many are doing their best to help make sure they get it -- because the scans found that patients with the highest blood sugar levels had reduced metabolism in key regions of the brain.

    That's the same type of damage we see in Alzheimer's patients.

    Let me repeat that these patients were not diabetics, so the "highest" blood sugar levels were within the range most docs would consider normal. At the high end of that range, but still within it.

    Clearly, there's nothing normal about it -- and along with increasing your risk of dementia and diabetes, elevated blood sugar can also lead to poor health and an increased risk of an early death.

    Once upon a time, docs were happy with anything under 110 mg/dl. These days, they're leaning more towards 100 mg/dl.

    They're still being far too generous -- keep yours below 90 mg/dl.

  2. Green tea fights dementia

    Tea compound erases dementia damage

    Your brain is under assault. Right now, as you sit there reading this letter, it's under attack from every direction by the metals that can build up and form the nasty "brain plaques" that lead to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

    But you can fight back.

    There's a 100 percent natural shield you can deploy in your brain that can withstand those metal bullets and stop plaques from forming.

    It's cheap... it's safe... it's widely available... and if you've been listening to me, it's already part of your daily routine.

    It's epigallocatechin­3­gallate, aka EGCG, the powerful antioxidant found in every single pipin' hot cup of tea.

    EGCG is one of the main reasons tea drinkers have a lower risk of dementia in the first place. And now, in a new study, researchers isolated that EGCG and set it loose against the metals that cause brain plaques to see what would happen.

    And what happened caused their jaws to hit the floor, because EGCG fought off Alzheimer's in two distinct ways.

    First, it practically disintegrated the plaques that form from high levels of metals (specifically copper, iron, and zinc).

    And second, it stopped new plaques from forming.

    The researchers say they're going to try to tweak the EGCG to make it work better.

    If they do, I'll be the first to let you know.

    Usually, however, this means simply altering the substance in some way so that it can be patented as a synthetic and sold as a drug -- and usually (but not always), that just makes it more expensive and less effective. (I'll have more on that little trick on Friday.)

    So for now, stick to the EGCG you already know and love. The new study used an extract form, which you'll find in any natural foods store or vitamin shop, but you can also get it from plain old tea.

    Almost all true teas -- green, white, black, oolong, etc. -- have at least some level of EGCG. But for the absolute highest levels, go for green or white.

  3. The first warning sign of dementia?

    Depression and dementia often go hand-in-hand. Now, new research says one could be the first sign of the other.

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