Q. Dear Terry, “Both of my grandparents suffered from dementia in their 70s. It was really painful to watch them go through that process. How can I keep my brain healthy and avoid getting dementia?” – Janelle E., Anchorage, AK
A. Dear Janelle, The brain is prone to oxidative stress and damage, which can lead to changes in cognitive function and memory. Adding ingredients that help protect the brain and neurological system are very important in the fight against conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the most powerful, natural medicines for the brain and nervous system is curcumin. Curcumin protects brain cells from damaging inflammation. It has been shown to reduce beta-amyloid levels and shrink the size of accumulated plaques that interfere with brain cell signals by over 30% in experimental models of Alzheimer’s disease. Other studies have shown that curcumin plays a role in regenerating neurons and damaged brain cells, while also helping to create new brain cells. The curcumin I recommend is enhanced with turmeric essential oil in a patented process and has been clinically studied.
Low levels of vitamin D at age 65 means you are twice as likely to experience mental decline. In a human study, participants with even moderate vitamin D deficiencies had a 53% increased risk of dementia and a 69% increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. When it comes to supplementing with vitamin D, I prefer vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol.
Concentrated plant oils are powerful medicines that can also help improve brain function. Both rosemary and Spanish sage are important botanicals that preserve acetylcholine, an important messenger in the brain that is crucial for memory and learning. Low levels of acetylcholine are associated with memory issues and Alzheimer’s disease. Make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and their biochemical profiles are verified based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity, and safety for internal use.
I think a combination of curcumin, vitamin D, Spanish sage, and rosemary oil extracts could be very beneficial for preserving memory and cognitive function. I would take 600 mg of curcumin, Spanish sage, and rosemary oil, plus 2,000 IU of vitamin D3, once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally