The following is a list of brain degenerative factors that can easily progress into age senile dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression and early general dysfunction.
- Inflammation. Most people think that inflammation is painful but interestingly enough the brain does not have brain receptors. Hence we cannot feel brain inflammation. Through modern day technology (MRI exams and chemical markers) we can actually look at brain cells that produce inflammation. When this happens the brain is literally on fire.
- Brain Oxidation. This is caused by an abundance of free radicals in the brain. Oxidation is rusting. It is like leaving a piece of iron out in the rain. This is exactly what happens when free radicals attack brain—and body—tissues. If left untreated brain fat, protein and DNA, our code of life, becomes damaged. It is our pantheon of excellent great antioxidants like Idebenone and Reduced Glutathione that protect us against free radical damage.
Inflammation and free radical are very much interrelated. By reducing inflammation you reduce free radical activity. By reducing inflammation you are preserving your brain and body.
Ways to cut brain and body inflammation.
- Cut sugar out of your diet. Fact: sugar is directly toxic to the memory centers of the brain. Brain shrinkage of the hippocampus (memory center) even happens within the realm of normal sugar consumption. MRI studies among a group of diabetics performed over a 4 year period definitively measure a profound brain shrinkage due to high sugar levels caused by diabetes. Alpha Lipoic acid is an excellent way to reduce plasma levels of sugar. Sugar is bad because it binds to proteins. This is bad news because it causes glycation. Glycation causes inflammation which causes free radical damage. Sugar creates free radical damage that negatively affects the brain. Note: carbohydrates are a form of sugar. Studies have shown that reducing carbohydrate consumption is one of the most effective ways to inhibit the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Reduce gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye. Gluten is highly inflammatory. Genetically, humans can’t handle gluten. Our physiology is not prepared to deal with this strange and suddenly very prevalent protein. You don’t have to have celiac disease to suffer the inflammatory effects of gluten. It can affect any part of the body but has been identified as a treatable cause of various brain problems. What happens is that our body mounts an immune response to deal with it. Immune reactions are tied directly to inflammation. Gluten sensitivity is directly correlated to brain dysfunctions like depression, ADHD, and even schizophrenia. Though modern man learned how to cultivate high gluten wheat in the past 10,000 years, it is irrelevant because our DNA that began evolving 160,000 years ago in the hunter gather period in Ethiopia does not have the skill set to deal with gluten. St. John’s wort, the popular antidepressant is also an excellent antioxidant for the brain and is the basis of certain brain cancer protocols.