It Doesn't Have To Decline As You Age

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Mental Clarity
and Memory are two things that most people assume that they will
lose with age. Many people suffer memory loss due to an insufficient
supply of nutrients to the brain. The brain along with every other
cell in the body is fed by our blood, the "life" of the
body. If proper nutrients aren’t getting to the brain, they
either aren’t in the bloodstream, or there is a problem with
the blood delivery system. Also consider that some substances in
the blood could be toxic to the brain.

One of the
most important factors in brain health is omega 3 oils which are
absent from the average diet. Deficiencies of these oils can cause
impaired ability to learn and recall information. These essential
fats are found in deepwater fish such as salmon and also in certain
vegetable oils such as flax oil. Cooking not only destroys these
oils, but it also creates harmful free radicals which cause damage
to cells so supplementation is a good idea. DHA, or docosahexaenoic
acid, is a particular omega 3 fatty acid that is a fundamental building
block for cellular membranes, most notably neuronal membranes in
the brain.

B vitamins
help maintain the health of our nerves and brain. Some cases of
Alzheimer’s disease have been found to be due to B-12 and B-complex
deficiency. Our ability to assimilate B-12 is sometimes impaired
so it is helpful to supplement with either high-absorption or sublingual
formulas.

Problems with
the blood delivery system caused by clogged arteries and/or high
cholesterol and triglycerides could interfere with the brain’s
ability to get nutrients. Natural agents that help increase circulation
include the Omega 3 oils and herbs such as ginkgo biloba. Note that
both of these will thin the blood and should not be taken if you
are on any prescription blood thinner or aspirin.

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April
3, 2010

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