Is it Alzheimer’s or ‘Old Timers’ that is making you forgetful?

The Good Life Letter 

13th September 2015

I am constantly amazed at the generosity of spirit shown by you, The Good Life Letter readers.

Ever since I told you about my dad’s decline into Alzheimer’s I regularly receive messages of support wishing him, and us, well.

I can’t thank you enough for your kind thoughts and I’m sure that it is the power of this positive energy from you all that has kept my father in a relatively relaxed and stable state.

Plus we never let him off easy – he has to do his daily crosswords and even the kids will get him to talk about his activities over the previous few days when short-term memory can often let him down.

By keeping him engaged and alert we believe that we are assisting his mental state – as his specialist said, we need to think of the brain as a muscle and if we don’t use it we’ll lose it.

Getting a little forgetful in later life is a common part of the ageing process though, and I do get several letters and e-mails from you with concerns about what is natural and how to hold on to the memory power that you have.

So today I want to tell you about a natural substance that has shown real potential in recent trials, and scientists are beginning to understand that fading memory isn’t a one way process.

The substance which is interesting the scientists has a relatively clumsy name but one that I hope you’ll get used to asking for – Phosphatidyl Serine.

This chemical is fundamental to how nerve cells work and in particular ensuring that they do not deteriorate, whether due to age, disuse or health, and huge amounts of research has been published which supports how important it really is.

For instance, a study published in the journal Nutrition(1) in June this year concluded:

‘Phosphatidyl Serine is absorbed efficiently in humans, crosses the blood–brain barrier, and safely slows, halts, or reverses biochemical alterations and structural deterioration in nerve cells.

‘It supports human cognitive functions, including the formation of short-term memory, the consolidation of long-term memory, the ability to create new memories, the ability to retrieve memories, the ability to learn and recall information, the ability to focus attention and concentrate, the ability to reason and solve problems, language skills, and the ability to communicate. It also supports locomotor functions, especially rapid reactions and reflexes.’


Now in the world of sceptic science, statements like that are a pretty ringing endorsement for a natural remedy – and it is one that few people should ignore.

Here’s the most effective natural formulation of brain protecting Phosphatidyl Serine available

The forgetful years

Have you ever walked out into the car park and thought...”where did I park the car?”. Or maybe you went upstairs and can’t remember why.
Then there is the constant vexation of meeting someone that you know you should remember but haven’t a clue what their name is, and let’s be honest who ever knows when their wedding anniversary is after you’ve been together over 20 years (the case for the defence rests your honour!).

Periodic forgetfulness doesn’t mean you’re becoming a candidate for early Alzheimer’s – as a friend of mine says “I don’t have Alzheimer’s just Oldtimer’s – my brain is getting full with all the things I’ve seen in life... something has to give!”

Interestingly there is some merit in this concept where our memory banks do get clogged with information and we end up losing a few facts along the way, but as with anything medical its never just that simple.

Researchers have a number of theories about why we suffer memory impairments as we age, but many of them relate to changes in the structure and function of the nerve cells in the brain.

These important bits of grey matter basically get worn out and we can’t replace them once they’ve gone.

So doing everything we can to keep them buzzing should be top of our lists.

That’s where Phosphatidyl Serine comes in. It is the perfectly natural way to support longevity for nerve cells and the all-important protective coating they have known as myelin sheaths.

If you imagine each nerve cell in your body as a piece of electric cable running from one area of the body or brain to another, then the myelin is the plastic coating that surrounds the cable, protecting it from damage and ensuring that the electricity being carried goes from point A to B without losing strength through leaks.

Right, so I think it’s fair to say that the case for using this supplement is strongly made, especially when earning the approval of even the normally draconian Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of America.
But where can we get it from?

Well in the early days (and in the case of some of the cheaper imported supplements) the source is cow’s brains...

...yes you did read that right.

Bovine brain tissue was used to extract the Phosphatidyl Serine from, but thankfully there are other more abundant sources; ones that avoid the risk of giving you mad cow disease in the process!

Hopefully the research that was all over the news on Thursday about some of the proteins thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s being transmissible during surgical procedures will put an end to this source though. (If you missed this one here’s the BBC report – BBC Health)

But have no fear, the formulation I want to draw your attention to actually uses only soy lecithin and white bean pulp – meaning that it is totally vegan and therefore very safe.

Choose the brain booster that has the best and safest ingredients – click here

Ageing isn’t all bad brain news though

It can often be a bit depressing reading about how our bodies are beginning to fail as we age, and believe me doing the research needed for this newsletter can be a scary job at times.

However, I do want to offer a bit of light at the end of this piece today to anyone who fears the worst.

Whilst our intelligence centres begin to deplete with age, those associated with reason, judgement and contemplation actually become more dominant.

As our brain function slows we are more likely to act less irrationally and provide better solutions to problems.

Hurrah!

No wonder the best High Court judges are silver haired sages – vive les Oldtimers!

Use your improved judgement to make the right choice for boosting your brain power

Yours, as always


Ray


References


(1) Glade, M. J., & Smith, K. (2015). Phosphatidylserine and the human brain. Nutrition, 31(6), 781-786


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