Grape seed extract is known to bolster the structural integrity of brain cells and brain cell networks, which is why it is currently in human clinical trials for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A new study shows that grape seed extract stimulates the production of new brain cells.
Activating genes that have rejuvenating properties to cellular health is an exciting new frontier in wellness – especially when you consider that this is a hallmark of nutrition and seldom accomplished by any symptom-suppressing drug. New research on middle aged mice showed that grape seed extract1 had a profound effect on generating new brain cells and strengthening existing brain cell connections in the memory center of the brain (hippocampus). This study expands the known mechanisms by which grape seed extract is helpful to memory.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 – Byron Richards, CCN
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) ranks among the most useful, safe, and effective orthomolecules when treating a diverse array of neuropsychiatric conditions. However, most clinicians do not consider vitamin B12 important unless the serum level is below laboratory reference ranges. Ten research reports, summarized here, indicate metabolic consequences from low-normal (but not deficient) serum B12 levels, and/or clinical improvements following therapy that markedly increased serum B12 levels. My clinical experience, along with the summarized reports, suggests that (1) serum levels of vitamin B12 not “classically” deficient by current laboratory standards are associated with neuropsychiatric signs and symptoms, and (2) clinical improvement results when serum vitamin B12 levels are optimized or markedly increased following vitamin B12 treatment. Vitamin B12’s mechanisms of action are believed to include increased S-adenosylmethionine production, improved methylation, decreased plasma and brain homocysteine, compensation for inborn errors of metabolism, normalized gene expression, correction of long-latency vitamin B12 debt, and anti-inflammatory activity. Clinicians may wish to reevaluate the importance of lower-than-optimal serum vitamin B12 levels, pursue additional testing such as urinary methylmalonic acid, and consider the potential benefits of vitamin B12 treatment. (more…)
As we get older, many of us quietly accept as fact that our mental capabilities aren’t as sharp as they were when we were younger. We aren’t surprised to find that our reaction speed slows, that we’re not as adept at mental tasks and that our memory isn’t what it used to be. We accept it because it seems like there’s not much we can do about it.
But, while modern medicine might not be able to help prevent those “senior moments,” an ancient Ayurvedic herb called bacopa can. (more…)
Does using a cell phone have an effect on the brain? According to a 2011 study titled “Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism,” the answer is absolutely. The study, headed by Nora D. Volkow, M.D. and conducted by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, examined the effect of cell phone use on the brain by utilizing positron emission tomography (PET) on 47 participants. (more…)
What can you do to keep a healthy brain? First, repeat after me what you have to avoid from last week. Remember? No tobacco. Cut the alcohol to one drink a day. Trans fats are poison! (No French fries). Saturated fat isn’t much better. Processed meats don’t get any brownie points. Whoa on sugar! Down to one ounce a day, max. White bread has gotta go. MSG is a disaster. Look at the label for hydrolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract, or anything with glutamate in it. Most soups from the store, even those labeled NO MSG are full of it. Don’t! And finally, yes, finally, you stopped getting the blue stuff for your sweetener didn’t you? And did you look at the can of diet soda to see if it had any in it. And of course, you aren’t intentionally playing with lead any more. It’s just that you don’t know what’s in your lipstick. (more…)
It is a very sad commentary on health care in America that the top selling class of drugs, atypical anti-psychotic medications, is routinely prescribed by doctors for uses that have no valid science of benefit or FDA approval. It is even more disturbing to understand the consequence of this situation is death by heart attack. Australian researchers1 have now pinpointed the mechanism involved, and not surprisingly, many drugs increase the risk based on the reason identified. (more…)
Several new studies show that magnesium supplementation helps improve sleep.
In the first study in adults over age 51 it was found that 320 mg of magnesium1 could lower inflammation (C reactive protein) along with helping to improve sleep. In a second study of children ages 5-12 with attention deficit disorders it was found that a supplement containing only 80 mgs of magnesium2 was able to improve focus and was especially helpful in correcting sleep problems in these children.
It is known that magnesium helps reduce inflammation in the brain, which in turn should help your brain sleep better. These two studies lend documentation to the frequently observed benefit of magnesium; assisting with sleep reducing the general feeling of inflammatory wear and tear.
Byron Richards, CCN