Have you ever been to a conventional doctor and heard him say, "You've got too many toxins in your body"? Unless a venomous snake just bit you or you work in a mine, it's unlikely you'll ever hear it. Conventional medicine doesn't concern itself with toxins or detoxification. But new research shows why they should be concerned. We've known for some time that toxins can destroy brain function. Now there's clear evidence that detoxing with a particular supplement can restore brain function. In fact, it may even help those with Alzheimer's disease.
In this new study, researchers wanted to see if the green algae chlorella would improve age-dependent cognitive decline. The researchers knew going into the study that cytotoxic aldehydes, which come from oxidized lipids (fats), accumulate in cells and begin to break these cells down. The result over time is the age-dependent cognitive decline that we see in dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
I've discussed in past issues how oxidized lipids are particularly dangerous. For instance, everyone thinks LDL cholesterol (a lipid) causes heart problems. But it's actually oxidized LDL that causes the problems. When lipids become oxidized, they're damaged. They don't work correctly in the body and can gunk up your system. In this case, the researchers were looking at oxidized lipids that can destroy your brain function. They wanted to see if chlorella would remove the damaged fats and restore brain function.
To do this, the team of researchers used a specific transgenic mouse species that always exhibits age-dependent dementia and cognitive decline. Scientists commonly use these mice to investigate foods and nutrients that help fight dementia.
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The researchers had the mice perform object recognition testing and the Morris water maze at the beginning of the study. Then they gave the mice chlorella and had them retake the tests. The researchers found that the mice scored better on both tests. You might expect mice to do better on the tests the second time around. But this isn't the case with mice that are experiencing cognitive decline. For them to show improvement is significant.
But the researchers didn't stop with the tests. They also looked at the number of activated astrocytes in the mice's brains. They found that these had decreased, showing a definitive reason for the improved test results. The chlorella was able to physically reduce the amount of oxidized lipids in their brains. And this clearly improved their brain function.
How is this possible? Other studies have shown that detoxifying with chlorella can reduce both oxidative lipids in the brain. But that's not all. It can also reduce the amount of heavy metals in the brain. As you may know, heavy metals are a major contributor to dementia and Alzheimer's, particularly mercury and cadmium.
So if you're looking to maintain a sharp memory or help fight off dementia and Alzheimer's, make sure you're taking chlorella every day. You can find a high quality chlorella by following this link. The usual dosage is 12-15 chewable tablets every night before bed. My eight-year-old daughter loves these chewables. She calls them rabbit food.
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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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