(NaturalHealth365) Approximately 5.4 million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and this number is expected to triple by 2050. In addition, the rate of children with autism is said to be 1 in 50 throughout the United States. What is happening to our collective brain health?
Think about the importance of our memories – which are a crucial part of our social lives. Interacting, carrying a conversation and participating in everyday tasks require a good functional memory. This is why conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s cause such concern for caregivers as they worry that their loved ones will forget to turn off a stove or other life-threatening mishaps.
How fat can improve brain function
According to Psychology Today, the brain thrives on fat-rich, low-carbohydrate foods. Diets that are overloaded with carbs, and not enough fats, have been associated with dementia, ADHD, chronic headaches and Alzheimer’s because poor quality ‘carbs’ can trigger inflammation. Fats actually promote the birth of new brain cells and communication between neurons and are needed for a healthy brain.
The Mayo Clinic found that people who favor carbohydrates have an 89% increased risk for developing dementia as contrasted to those whose diets contained the most fat. Those with the highest levels of fat consumption had a 44% reduction in risk for developing dementia.
Healthy fats consist of avocado, coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, flax seed oil, olives, fatty fish, nuts and seeds. These healthy fats should be consumed with every meal as many nutrients in our food – beta carotene, vitamin D, vitamin E and some forms of vitamin C – require fats for proper absorption.
Don’t forget high-quality nutritional supplements for brain health
Many studies show that omega-3 is extremely beneficial for brain health. Alzheimer’s, ADHD and autism are all positively impacted by supplementing with omega-3. In fact, a recent study in The American Journal of Epidemiology found that mothers who were in the lowest 5% of omega-3 consumption had a significant increase in having offspring with an autism spectrum disorder.
Researchers found that variations in intake of polyunsaturated fats within the range commonly observed among US women could affect fetal brain development and ASD risk.
Aequorea Victoria – which comes from jellyfish – is demonstrating wonderful results in Alzheimer’s patients. The jellyfish protein protects and extends the lives of brain cells by lowering calcium concentrations within the neurons.
A 30-day study of the supplement was given to a group of volunteers with the majority reporting an improvement in general memory and retention of information. 84% were able to better remember driving directions and family members reported return of speech and increased activity.
In my practice, I have been using this product with not only clients with Alzheimer’s, but those with autism as well – with positive results. We carry the product (Prevagen) in two strengths and generally recommend starting with the lower dosage.
The brain needs exercise – get started today
Puzzles, Sudoku and other online programs can all help. For clients with ADHD and autism, exercising their brain with Interactive Metronome (IM) – through registered therapists – as well as adjunct home units can be of great benefit.
Scientific Sound has been used by individuals and Fortune 500 companies to strengthen memory, enhance sleep and help with a variety of ‘brain issues’. Both IM and Scientific Sound not only help with memory, but with sensory intergration as well.
Frontiers in Psychology reports that trying to ‘strengthen’ the brain with video games and computer games is NOT a good approach and that there is not enough evidence to back up those particular programs.
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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com