Over-the-counter cold medicine linked to dementia
(NaturalHealth365) Cold symptoms such as coughing, sleeplessness, headaches, and muscle pain can interfere with your day. Over the counter cold medicine may help you feel better, but natural remedies are actually more effective at treating cold symptoms. Plus, there’s an even greater reason to think twice about using typical cold medications.
Recent research shows certain medications may be bad for your brain. Some of the ones to be concerned about include a group of medications called anticholinergics, with brand names including Benadryl, Demerol, and Pamine.
Research reveals the scary side effects of cold medicine on the brain
One study looked at 451 individuals with an average age 73. Those whose regular medications included one or more anticholinergics had a higher risk of dementia and poorer performance on cognitive tests. They also had smaller brain volumes, compared to people who were not using these types of medicines.
The result can be an increased risk for cognitive problems including memory loss.
Another concern with these anticholinergic medications is that they also appear to slow brain glucose metabolism. Your brain uses glucose as a fuel source, and slower glucose metabolism is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The change occurs in parts of your brain that are used for memory, and lower metabolism in these areas can cause memory loss and dementia as you get older.
A smart choice: Fight colds naturally with vitamin C
Cutting back on cold medicine doesn’t mean you are left without any defense against colds. For example, vitamin C is a natural remedy that is essential for maintaining a strong immune system. This antioxidant vitamin is also one of the most popular and best studied nutrients for fighting colds.
You can get vitamin C by following a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines, strawberries, and kiwi fruit are among the fruits high in vitamin C. And, let’s not forget, bell peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and broccoli are some of the vegetables richest in vitamin C.
Can diet (alone) give me enough vitamin C?
The short answer is ‘not always.’ While eating lots of fruits and vegetables (on a daily basis) can help – dietary supplements are often needed to obtain much higher intake levels, especially when dealing with an illness.
The resulting boost in your levels may be good news according to research showing that people with cold and flu symptoms tend to have low vitamin C levels compared to people without them. And, remember, a simple rule of thumb is: the sicker you are, the more vitamin C you need. Keep in mind, vitamin C supplements are known for their safety but, it’s always best to work with trusted healthcare provider that has experience with nutritional medicine.
Editor’s note: To learn more about how to properly take vitamin C, take a look at the “multi-C protocol” by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals
Natural Health 365
Natural Health 365 is a premium source of trending and popular health-related news, science, testimony & research articles on the most up to date and relevant natural health information. The articles on GMOs & other Dangerous Chemicals found herein are meant to inform and advise our site visitors on steering clear of foods and other consumer products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms and/or Chemicals that are DANGEROUS to human health.
Join thousands of daily visitors staying informed and involved on Natural Health 365! We seek out scientific solutions with proven results and it is our mission to keep you up to date on the latest information! Articles range in topic from vaccination overviews to linking specific, common vaccines to the development of autism. We also aim to educate the public on the dangers of vaccines and provide in depth analysis of political vaccination bills.
Read Some of Our Most Popular Articles
Consumer Alert: GMO Apples & Potatoes are a Public Health Risk, Roundup Herbicide & GMOs Destroy Your Digestive System, US Senate Votes to Shut Down GMO Labeling Bill, Monsanto Lies Revealed.
GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals
More Articles on GMOs & Toxic Chemicals
In addition to publishing articles concerning the most up-to-date information on GMO Foods, Research, & Toxic Chemicals that have dangerous and unintended consenquences, we also aim to connect healthy lifestyles, non-GMO diets and balanced consumption of dietary supplements to lifelong health and adding happy years to your life.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that Monsanto is one of the most profitable entities on the planet, while the farmers that make them so successful are barely able to feed their families? Or that mono-cropping erodes our top soil so that no vegetables, grains, or fruits will grow in the wake of a mono-cropped field? Perhaps you didn’t know that organized events to protest Monsanto and their signature chemical, Roundup? You can find all of that information and more right here on Natural Health 365.
Join Our Email List
Each day, visitors sign up for our weekly informative news sent directly to their email or RSS feed agregator. We send out three weekly emails keeping you informed and involved on the latest Natural Health News, information about our FREE SHOWS and updates on your favorite topics including Food & Nutrition, Cancer & Heart Disease, Vaccines & Autism, & – of course – GMOs & Dangerous Chemicals!
You can also check out our VIP member area, The Inner Circle, where you get access to thousands of recorded interview (audio/video), pod casts, & literature by some of the worlds foremost experts on Natural Health and Treatments that could save you thousands! Learn how to REVERSE disease without the use of toxic and expensive medications.
Natural Health 365 also is a venue for webinars on various topics, has a flourishing e-commerce store where you can purchase vitamins, pro biotics, supplements and unique products such as Grazing Goat Whey Protein.
Grazing Goat Whey Protein™ is formulated exclusively for the health-conscious consumer looking for the finest whey protein nutritional supplement on the planet.* Best of all, this goat whey protein comes from goats that graze – 365 days per year – on pesticide and chemical free pastures. No hormones, antibiotics or pesticides are used – ever. This product is non-GMO and gluten free.