As each year zips by so fast, my mother is at some point asked; "How old are you?" She always offered the same reply: "My age is none of "my" business."
We all seem to be put into a box/category of potential health problems depending upon what "age decade" we are entering. If anything...age should be forgotten....why enter you're age on that health questionnaire?
Having worked with and consulted thousands of patients of different age groups over the past 30 years, reviewing x-rays, blood tests, etc...I can say the "age number" is worthless! It has nothing to do with finding and uncovering the root cause of your health problem!
Looking into the eyes of those in the presence of a friend or loved one with declining cognition is heartbreaking as is seeing so much pain in those suffering.
So......today I'll show you how to support brain health and memory for you or a loved one during the first few months of 2020!
Also, please remember that heavy metal toxicity is not the topic here. It is also a factor in declining brain health and must be addressed.
What do you do when someone has the beginning symptoms of Alzheimer's, but has not yet been given the official diagnosis?
The current answer is-- come up with a new disease label or name.
Medical science has done this with a new term called AAMI. This stands for Age-Associated Memory Impairment. This is a precursor to Alzheimer's.
Due to the unbelievable increase of Alzheimer's disease, the "powers that be" specializing in brain-aging health concluded there should be an earlier way to recognize this terrible disease.
The new AAMI label is now being used for people who have early signs of Alzheimer's.The criteria for AAMI includes the following:
over the age of 50
intellectual function adequate to remain productive
complaints of gradual memory loss
objective evidence of memory loss on performance testing.
Currently, 40% of people between the ages of 50-59 have it and it increases by 10% every ten years!
Unfortunately, most health practitioners not trained enough in integrative medicine do not have the knowledge to know how to measure the one ingredient needed every day to keep our brains healthy and memories vibrant.
This important brain ingredient is called phosphatidylserine.
Phosphatidylserine is a key component of the cell membrane and is essential to cell-to-cell communication and transfer of biochemical messages into the cell (especially within the brain and central nervous system).
Participants with relatively low memory scores were found to have experienced a significant improvement in memory.
-- Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition The Research
Phosphatidylserine may help improve memory function in older adults, suggests a 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition.
For the study, 78 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment were assigned to six months of treatment with phosphatidylserine supplements, or a placebo.
In tests performed at the end of the six-month period, participants with relatively low memory scores at the start of the study were found to have experienced a significant improvement in memory.
In another study, a group of people with a brain age of around 64 years were placed on Phosphatidyl Serine 100 mg three times a day for 3 months. Before and after double blind testing showed that this rolled the hands of time back to a brain age of about 52, 12 years younger by providing 30% improvement in memory!
Yes, you read that correctly, 30% improvement in memory!!
Do you know any drug that does this?
"These people had marked improvements in everyday memory items like phone numbers, faces and names and of all things, placement of glasses and keys!"
In previous blogs, I’ve shared with you many tips on supporting health and offered treatment programs for your own personal health journey.
Of course the most effective way to determine the root cause is to identify your areas of weakness through laboratory testing.
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