In my search to find you the best information possible about supplements, I recently stumbled on an interesting study. It was on a body-building website, of all places. And the information could help you avoid Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
What on earth does bodybuilding have to do with Alzheimer’s and dementia? A lot more than I realized.
As you may know, bodybuilders are avid supplement fans. They take supplements to keep their body in top shape – and to stay as healthy as possible. And they will all tell you which supplements work and which ones don’t.
For bodybuilders, they take supplements to build their muscles. While the brain isn’t technically a muscle, it does have some similarities. Scientific studies have revealed that, like muscles, the more you use a part of your brain, the larger it will get. They found that the more you use a particular part of your brain, the more your body pumps blood to that area to provide energy. And we all know that the more you use your brain, the better it works.
So it stands to reason that some supplements that help build muscles might also help your brain. At least that’s what scientists recently discovered when they gave a group of participants Alpha-GPC. Bodybuilders love Alpha-GPC because it stimulates the body to produce natural human growth hormone. They can take it and not get accused of taking the synthetic HGH.
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But Alpha-GPC, also helps the brain. It not only helps regulate muscle function, but it also helps regulate brain function. This study shows just how well it works.
In the multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, researchers followed 261 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. They gave 132 of the patients one 400 mg capsule, three times daily for 180 days. They gave the other 129 patients a placebo. They tested each of the participants at the beginning of the study and again at 90 and 180 days using standard Alzheimer’s tests.
The average improvement in test scores for the treated group was 2.42 points after 90 days and 3.20 points at the end of the study. But the group receiving the placebo saw their test scores drop by an average of 0.36 point after 90 days and 2.90 points after 180 days. That’s a huge difference.
If you’re looking to improve your memory, take a lesson from bodybuilders and take Alpha-GPC. It’s available in many health food stores and on the Internet. And it’s available, along with other memory enhancers, in Advanced Memory Formula from Advanced Bionutritionals.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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