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Nutritional Supplements for Brain Health

Amy Berger’s book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote, goes into great detail regarding nutritional supplements and other strategies for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) including the following: Chromium picolinate. This mineral is required for proper functioning of insulin receptors. It is well recognized for aiding in glucoregulation and insulin sensitivity.

Zinc. Zinc is required as a cofactor for insulin-degrading enzyme, which is responsible for breaking down the beta-amyloid plaques that are a classic hallmark of AD.

High-quality fish oil, krill oil, or other omega-3 supplement. Omega-3 supplements help balance the generally high omega-6:omega-3 fatty acid ratio and decrease systemic inflammation. Vegetable and seed oils high in omega-6 fatty acids (such as soybean, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower oils) induce inflammation in the body, while omega-3-rich oils stimulate anti-inflammatory pathways. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 in the modern diet is estimated to be as high as 25:1, while our evolutionary dietary patterns suggest we are better suited to a ratio closer to 2:1 to 3:1.

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About Well Being Journal

This is our 25th anniversary year, and with our new January/February 2016 issue we present a seminal piece by Amy Berger, MS, NTP, that presents clear research showing how Alzheimer’s disease starts with consumption of too many sugars; this impairs glucose metabolism and leads to plaque in the brain. Next Katrina Blair extols the virtues of the edible “weed” purslane. Bruce Weinstein, PhD, in “Patience,” shows the remarkable benefits patience reaps. Mike Dow’s feature, “Digital Distraction & Mindfulness,” suggests that constant connection to digital devices has an overall deleterious impact, and he offers delicious mindfulness practices to help improve quality of life. Ann and Ross Rosen discuss the importance of moderate exercise in daily life, and Shannon McRae explains how energy medicine as nature’s assistant is much more powerful when the receiver’s intention is in alignment with that of the healer’s. Finally, Laura Coffey tells the story of a special nursing home companion, a loving golden retriever named Rocky, and his positive impact on the residents. We present all of this in our first issue of the year, and more than we can mention, including a plethora of scintillating research notes.

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IN BRIEF
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