Can this two-nutrient combination stop Alzheimer's?

Volume 4    |   Issue 60

You probably already know that conventional medicine doesn't have much to offer for Alzheimer's patients. They have plenty of drugs to throw at it. But none of them can stop the progression of the disease. But new research suggests a two-nutrient combination might be able to do just that.

As you may know, inflammation is present in many ailments. This includes Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Inflammation occurs when cells become damaged. So any damage to brain cells will cause inflammation. When the drug companies discovered this, they thought they had found another market for their expensive painkillers. This makes sense, as most painkillers work by controlling inflammation.

However, a new study shows these drugs don't do much in the battle against Alzheimer's. (In fact, I think they may contribute to the problem because of the damage they cause in your gut. We know that many gut issues can cause damage to brain cells.)

In this study, a group of researchers divided 2,117 people into three groups. All of these people were at least 70 years old and had a family history of Alzheimer's. The researchers gave one group Aleve, the second group Celebrex, and the third group a placebo.

Two of the groups — the ones taking the Celebrex or the placebo — didn't experience any benefit. And the group taking the Aleve confirmed my suspicion that the drugs can make the disease worse. The people in this group scored slightly lower on their mental-function tests. While the numbers were not significant, the study period wasn't long. And we know that most damage from painkillers comes over a long period of time.

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While this study didn't find any help from painkillers, another study found that an herb can have a dramatic impact. Back in 2008, researchers found that taking curcumin did improve the memory of Alzheimer's patients in a significant way. The researchers in this study said it wasn't just curcumin's anti-inflammatory ability that caused the improvement. They said, "Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with Alzheimer's disease has improved."

And another study in 2011 found that brown algae have powerful neuroprotective abilities that can help with many types of brain injury, including Alzheimer's. So if you're looking for ways to fight dementia and Alzheimer's, don't turn to painkillers. Instead, use a combination of curcumin and brown algae. You can find the most absorbable form of curcumin/turmeric in Reduloxin. And the most-studied form of brown algae is in the proprietary blend Seanol, which you can find in Alginol.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

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.

Sources:

Archives of Neurology, May 2008.

Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2008 Jan-Mar; 11(1): 13–19. doi:  10.4103/0972-2327.40220.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3111183/

Correction: In the July 28 Nutrient Insider, there were two typos that we need to correct. In the study, the researchers gave mice in the ginseng group 2 grains per kg per day of ginseng — not 2 grams/kg as stated. That dose would correspond to about 600 mg of ginseng extract for the average-sized adult — not 150 mg as stated. However, a dose of 200-400 mg is a better daily dose for humans. We apologize for the errors and for any inconvenience they may have caused.

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