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Dementia and Alzheimers: The Best Hope is Prevention
By Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science Officer

Who am I? Whatever the answer, that is our identity. One definition of identity is: a set of unique characteristics belonging, for life, to one individual. Another expert defines identity as the total accumulation of all life experiences, built one upon the other, up until this present moment. It is as if we are an unfinished tower building, with each new story of life experiences being built upon the story below it.

Dementia steals all this, our memories of the past, our ability to reason in the present and our ability to plan for the future. In essence, dementia robs us of our identity.

Vascular dementia
This is the most common cause of dementia among younger people. It may be caused by poor circulation from vascular inflammation, high cholesterol, viral and other infections, mini-strokes, medications, drug and alcohol abuse, or a few other rare conditions related to excessive pressure in the head.

Poor circulation in the brain is directly linked to elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood. In some people, high homocysteine ignites LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Thousands of fiery, burning LDL particles pierce the protective lining of the blood vessels and cause the whole artery to inflame. As the inflammation builds, it can block circulation, and thereby starve to death the area of the brain served by the inflamed blood vessel. You can help reduce LDL inflammation by lowering your homocysteine levels with HCY Guard. You can also increase your protective HDL cholesterol through daily exercise and OmegaPrime.

Mini-strokes are associated with nutrient deficiency and inflammation. First, nutrient deficiency causes the blood vessels of the brain to weaken. Then, inflammatory protein slices though the delicate lining in the blood vessels until they cut completely through and a small hemorrhage develops. Though this may quickly seal, tiny clots may form on the scar. These clots break off and block blood flow in random areas throughout the brain. You can toughen up the blood vessels by increasing Vitamin C intake. Vitamin C creates collagen which in turn creates resilient blood vessels that are stroke-resistant.

Alzheimers disease
The most feared of all the dementias is Alzheimers disease. The risk of this disease increases as we age. This is partially due to damages accumulating in the brain over time. One of the primary reasons for Alzheimers disease is nutrient deficiency. When there are nutritional deficiencies, the body experiences different types of breakdowns, and some of these contribute to dementia.

Attempts to overcome the nutritional deficiencies can be challenging. In part, the problem is the foods we eat. The foods of today simply do not provide the same level of nutrients as they did in the past. This is partially due to the nutrient-poor way in which many foods are grown. Another reason for nutrient deficiencies is that the bodys ability to extract nutrients from foods declines with age. For example, after age 40, the bodys ability to absorb Vitamin B-12 from food declines. As a result, this particular deficiency is one of the most common in older people.

Finally, many of our nutrient deficiencies are based on food choices we make. And these choices, much to our detriment, are often based on cultural conditionings. As an example of cultural conditionings, the average North American eats about 17 pounds of fish per year. In contrast, the average Japanese person eats over 150 pounds. This culturally developed habit may be one reason why the occurrence of dementia is much lower in Japan than in North America. Coldwater fish contain high levels of a fat called DHA. Much of the human brain is made from this fat. As a result, the more DHA you consume, the greater your potential for optimal brain health. A good way to obtain this is to eat fish every week and supplement your diet with DHA.

Four other factors that can help contribute to the onset of Alzheimers disease are:

Genetics. The good news here is that the genetic component for Alzheimers really only accounts for about 1 percent of the total contribution to the disease. The gene family that predisposes a person to this disease is called Apolipoprotein E-4. It is the second most common gene in North America. Antioxidants reduce the expression of this gene and are known in medicine to reduce the symptoms of dementia. These specific antioxidants are Acetyl-L-carnitine, Vinpocetine and Huperazine A.
Environment. A variety of environmental factors play a significant role in the onset and progression of Alzheimers disease. One factor is electromagnetic fields. They are an area of great interest in dementia research because of the impact they have on the brain. Another factor is environmental toxins. Those with Alzheimers disease have been found to have an accumulation of metals such as mercury and aluminum in their brains. Toxic accumulations of copper and iron can also contribute to this disease.
Lifestyle. By far the most significant contribution to Alzheimers disease comes from lifestyle factors. Smoking, a low nutrient diet, hydrogenated trans-fats, a sedentary lifestyle and an aversion to education and learning are all strong contributors to dementia. And, people that get little or no exercise are placing themselves in the highest risk category for Alzheimers disease.
Excess Homocysteine. The human body needs some homocysteine (HCY) to function properly. But elevated HCY levels are very toxic and strongly associated with Alzheimers disease. And, the higher the HCY level is in the blood, the more severe the Alzheimers disease will be. Thankfully, high homocysteine levels can be dramatically reduced with HCY Guard.

The impact of Alzheimers disease is powerful and widespread, affecting individuals, families, business and industry, the Medicare-Medicaid system, communities and entire nations. The best hope lies in prevention. Applying TriVitas 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness can help protect you from a rapid decline in health. And, the recommendations are easy to follow:

Get your exercise: 30 minutes of activity on most days of the week can help prevent Alzheimers disease as well as many other conditions.
Eat a diet rich in nutrients, and supplement it with nutrients and brain-specific antioxidants.
Get your rest and develop an interest in helping others.

Start today. The brain you save may be your own!

Take Control of Your Health

Practice the 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness; focus on sleep, diet and exercise
Practice volunteering and philanthropy
Never stop learning: language, music and math. Everything helps!
Protect yourself against head injuries as trauma accumulates over time
Do not smoke or use tobacco
Avoid air, water, food and electromagnetic pollution
Help reduce homocysteine with HCY Guard
Help deter brain erosion with Vitamin B-12 and OmegaPrime

Take the Wellness Challenge.

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