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Brain Care Basics
Brain Fog, Brain Cells and Alzheimer's

Experience a little brain fog these days and you're likely to panic. After all, it's the sharp brains that keep their jobs in a downsizing economy. And the human brain's been getting in some trouble lately.

Keeping brain function and good brain health going in a world where the incidence of Alzheimer's Disease is growing exponentially is a challenge. In 2050, ADI (Alzheimer's Disease International, a consortium of 73 Alzheimer's organizations) predicts nearly a million new cases every year.

Right now 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and every 70 seconds someone in America develops the incurable illness.

What's going on?

To summarize: The human brain weighs only three pounds and is composed of some 100 billion neurons that connect with each other in a network of trillions of synapses. This is where something goes horribly wrong for some people, especially in later life. Their neurons turn into plaques and tangles filled with brain amyloid deposits. This amyloid plaque is not friendly to the brain's nerve cells, or neurons. The result is Alzheimer's Disease with its loss of memory, thinking and language skills and behavioral changes. Scarey stuff, and information that could leave one feeling terrified and powerless.

But wait - are there things we can do to reduce our chances that we will turn into one of those statistics? Short answer: it looks like it.

For example, Alzheimer prevalence is among the lowest in India: among Indian adults ages 70-79, Alzheimer incidence is 4.4 times less than the rate in the United States. How come?

A UCLA-Veterans Affairs study suggests that curcumin, the yellow pigment in turmeric and curry spice, inhibits the accumulation of destructive beta amyloid in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and also breaks up existing plaques. They even report that curcurmin is more effective in inhibiting formation of the Alzheimer protein fragments (beta amyloid) than many other drugs being tested as Alzheimer's treatments. The researchers found the low molecular weight and polar structure of curcumin allow it to penetrate the blood-brain barrier effectively and bind to beta amyloid.

This certainly bears out my experience clinically. I've used a medicinal liquid Turmeric 1:1 (from MediHerb, Australia) from Curcuma longa rhizome 5 g) at 5 cc once or twice a day with great results, usually within a month.

The typical diet in India contains lots of this substance from the spices they use - turmeric and curry. So even if you don't have access to medicinal quality Turmeric, sounds like your brain health would benefit greatly from adding it to your food.

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Pamela Levin. R.N.
September 26, 2011

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Pamela Levin is an R.N. and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst who has been in private practice offering health improvement services for 40 years.

She has over 500 post-graduate hours of training in clinical nutrition, herbology and applied kineseology.

She has published many professional journal and lay audience articles and has an international reputation in the fields of emotional development, emotional intelligence and Transactional Analysis.

For her work in these areas, she was awarded the prestigious Eric Berne Award by members of the International Transactional Analysis Association in 72 countries.

She has lectured and trained both lay and professional audiences all over the world.

Her work is continues to be used  throughout North and South America, The UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

She has personally researched the key emotional nutrients™ she makes available through this site.

They have consistently been demonstrated to be the core nutrients people need to feed all the six parts of their emotional selves. 

People from all cultures and languages in all parts of the world have used them since she first made them public in 1974 to feed their emotional selves, move from surviving to thriving, release limiting beliefs, improve parenting skills and more.