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Scientists no longer believe that our intelligence is determined strictly by genetics. The concept of a fixed intelligence is a limiting belief and turns out to be untrue. Now we know that you can develop and increase your intelligence. Research also shows that you may increase your intelligence by taking certain substances that have recently been shown to improve learning, memory and concentration. In Holistic Chinese traditional medicine acupuncture and Traditional plant based herbal formulas have shown that they can increase your brain power, improve your memory, concentration and ability to learn. There are dozens of substances that have been demonstrated to improve animal and human intelligence.
Your health is the most important foundation for your memory and brain power. It is important that your Blood sugar isn't stressed by too much sugar and carbs or not eating for long periods of time. It is important that your kidneys, liver and heart are healthy for you to have the vital energy to support the brain. These organs can be restored and vital energy increased by Acupuncture and vegetable based herbal formulas from both Chinese and European Traditions. Sleep, of course is also vital and Acupuncture is very effective for treating insomnia.
Some memory loss is normal- until it interferes with daily function. Often memory changes are a result of reversible causes, like anemia, excess lactate in the brain, hypoglycemia, low grade infections, ( that go undiagnosed by blood testes) or vitamin deficiencies. If you have had ministrokes, that could be to blame, we can work to prevent more. Natural medicine can help slow down and reverse the progression of Alzheimer's disease to keep you independent longer.
RECREATIONAL DRUG USERS and regular users of alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana often complain of declining mental functioning. Alcoholics and pot users often have problems with short-term memory loss. Cigarettes also adversely effect mental functioning by greatly reducing the oxygen supply to the brain by tying up red blood cells with carbon monoxide. Cocaine abusers often lose their ability to concentrate. The amino acid called 2-oxo-pyrrolidone carboxylic acid is found naturally occurring in vegetables, fruits, dairy products, meats and is normally present in large amounts in the human brain. It is known to have a number of remarkable cognitive-enhancing effects. It is also been shown to be effective in alcohol induced memory deficits in humans. The administration of this amino acid has brought about significant increase of attention and short and long term memory retrieval. The administration of choline may also help the body to produce this important neuro-transmitter. Here at Sunnyslopehealingarts you can find out if this is the supplement you need and what is the exact dosage and if not what is it that you need to take to help you function to your best ability. For instance some people also use arginine for it's cognitive enhancing effects.
Extract of periwinkle myrtle has benefits with few adverse effects on memory along with dizziness, headache, numbness, depressed mood, irritability, insomnia, attention, concentration disorders, slow thinking, speech disturbances and slow thinking.. Check for the correct dosage on this before taking because it is toxic at to high of a dosage.
Phosphatidylserine is an essential component of cell membrane. It helps prevent age-related decline in mental function and it even improves athletic performance.
Vitamin K2 is also valuable when patients take 90 mcg of it daily. It helps lower the levels of calcium in the arteries and it has safely helped many patients avoid heart surgery and strokes. Vit K2 helps us to have strong bones and soft arteries. It works well with the benefits of turmeric (curcumin) as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Another important issue is to remove lead from the body and the bones that has collected there over time . When bones start to thin, as they do when we are injured or when menopause starts, lead is leached from our bones into our bodies, along with calcium. This is one of the reasons women at menopause often see blood pressure going up as a direct result of lead being released from their bones.
Vit C is a c helator along with zeolite, garlic Dl methi
Classic deficiencies cause classic psychiatric and neurologic symptoms in the young but if they occurred in an older person, they can be misdiagnosed as senile changes. Thiamine is essential for the metabolism of sugar. When large quantities of sugar are consumed, the body's metabolism tends to increase its own demand for the vitamin. In the same way, alcohol increases the demand for it. Alcohol and sugar have similar biochemical and metabolic effects on the body.
In contrast to carbohydrate-rich foods, which carry thiamine as a component to metabolize the sugar in the whole food , sugar rich artifacts carry little to no thiamine. The consumption of sugar artifacts creates a net deficit in the vitamin economy of the body. It is a condition similar to Wernicke-Korsakoff syyndrom, a partial destruction of the brain resulting from a lack of thiamine that occurs in chronic alcoholics.
Korsakoff's syndrom was first described as being present in people with a long history of alcoholism. It has also been found in people with no history with alcohol.
The mental symptoms include anxiety and depression, obsessive thinking, confusion, defective memory especially for recent events, time distortion, irritability, agitation and sometimes confabulation. These are certainly not unlike the mental changes in the senile person.
The symptoms can wax and wane and the patient may cover them up successfully for a long time, but symptoms reappear when stress is placed upon the person. These stressors may be slight or severe and include things such as unusual work, an extra job, accidents, injuries or surgery. Memory problems are the first to appear. In some symptoms have been present for many years as a form of minimal brain dysfunction, discounted or unrecognized and considered a result of other conditions, such as sinus and allergies or thyroid deficiency.
About three decades ago, a brief survey of newly admitted senile patients to a mental hospital in Saskatchewan revealed that 25 percent were there because of dehydration. These patients had a very low awareness of thirst. They only needed to increase their intake of fluids to get well . Zinc deficiency can cause a decreased sense of taste and sense of thirst, as well.
It is also, possible that many senile people are simply examples of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome where the additional stresses of age have precipitated another outburst of symptoms.
Men and women who consume large quantities of refined sugars may be just as vulnerable to the deficiency. If this is the case we can see a significant increase in the Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome among the younger generation before and when they reach their sixties and seventies because of the massive consumption of food artifacts that has occurred in the past four decades.
Pyroglutamate has also shown to be effective in alcohol and sugar induced memory deficits in humans. (Sinforiani, 1985) and more recently, in people affected with multi-infarct dementia (Scoppa) In these patients, the administration of pyroglutamate brought about a significant increase of attention and an improvement on psychological tests investigating short term memory retrieval, long term retrieval and long term storage of memory. A statistically significant improvement was observed also in the consolidation of memory.
In human subjects, pyroglutamate was compared with placebo in a randomized double -- blind trial for assessing its efficacy in treating memory deficits in 40 aged subjects. Twenty subjects were treated with pyroglutamate and 20 with placebo over a period of 60 days. Memory functions were evaluated at baseline and after 60 days of treatment by means of a battery made up of six memory tasks. The results show that pyroglutamate is effective in improving verbal memory functions in subjects affected by age - related memory decline (Grioli, 1990).
Another naturally occurring nutrient is Acetyl-L-carnitine. It is related to choline compounds both chemically and in clinical effects.
In animal studies, long-term administration of ALC preserves spatial memory in aged rats (Gihirardi, 1989) and improved learning and memory in mice and rats (Bossoni, 1986, Drago, 1986).
ALC may also have some important properties of protecting the brain from the effects of aging. NMDA - sensitive glutamate receptors in the brain are important for learning but they decrease with age. One study of these receptors in rat brains found that ALC has a neuroprotective and neurotrophic ( brain-cell nourishing ) effect during aging.
Of great interest to researchers is ALC's ability to inhibit the formation of lipofuscin in the brains of aged laboratory animals ( Kohjimoto, 1988). The build up of these fatty deposits in the nerve cells is associated with a reduction of cognitive powers.
In human studies, ALC has increased attention span and alertness in people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of senility. One study using 2000mg of ALC per day showed small but significant improvements in short term memory in people with Alzheimer's disease (Rai, 1990). In another study they found ALC increased brain levels of choline acetyltransferase. Low levels of this enzyme are found in Alzheimer's patients, and is the major reason for their severe deficiency of acetylcholine (Pearson and Shaw, 1990.
Vitamin (B-3) Niacin
Niacin, also called vitamin B-3, has many interesting health benefits including memory enhancement. In one study, 141 mg of niacin per day improved memory in both young and middle aged normal, healthy subject by 10 to 40% (Loriaux, 1985). The study was conducted as a double-blind placebo-controlled study.
PRECAUTIONS: If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers or porphyria, niacin should be taken under the supervision of a someone experienced in vitamin therapy. Niacin is very acidic. People with ulcers may need to take something to buffer that acidity with the niacin. Some if not most people experience a flushing and temporary heat sensation that usually lasts only a few minutes. Flushing is much more likely to occur if the niacin is taken on an empty stomach. The flushing is not harmful and should disappear after niacin is taken for several weeks or so.
NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY VS. DEPENDENCY
Soon after the vitamin concept was established, it was found that if a diet lacked a vitamin a deficiency disease followed. Such as, beriberi in the lack of thiamine or pellagra in the deficiency of niacin and scurvy in the lack of Vitamin C. Much later, it was recognized that some individuals suffer from the same problems because their requirements for a vitamin
is very much greater than normal and that even a diet adequate for most people, there are number of reactions that crop up between the time the nutrient is ingested and its final interaction in the cells.
* Sometimes there is destruction or binding of the vitamin in the intestinal tract by certain foods, bacteria, or parasites.
into larger molecules called coenzymes. There can be a block or defect in coenzyme formation reactions. Increasing the amount of vitamin in solution would drive the formation reaction toward synthesis of more coenzyme. e a specific absorption of fat soluble vitamins.
* Before the B vitamins - thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, and vitamin B12 - become functional, they must be incorporated
into larger molecules called coenzymes. There can be a block or defect in coenzyme formation reactions. Increasing the amount of vitamin in solution would drive the formation reaction toward synthesis of more coenzyme.
* Vitamins may not be conserved well or may be destroyed too quickly due to oxidation or bacterial degradation.
*There may be an increased destruction due to stress. For example, during any physical or mental stress, there is a marked increase in destruction of vitamin C.
* Vitamin dependency may be genetic (inherited) or acquired. Medications may and can effect the gut heath and effect vitamin absorption along with toxins that may get into the body.
Many people experience all kinds of digestive problems after an operation especially after a long operation. The anesthesia effects the stomach and the bowls. It causes mild to severe digestive problems that can last from weeks , months or even years. Here at Sunnyslope Healing Arts it has been observed over and over that once we clear the rest of the anesthesia out of the digestive system and body that the person is greatly relieved and normal digestion returns immediately.
Now people are looking into how vaccines are effecting gut health and the microbiome.
Trace nutrients are also required in different quantities. Since all nutrients are required, one nutrient cannot be more important than another. But for any individual, one or more nutrients that he is dependent on will be relatively more important. Many nutrients may be easily available to him in food, but those on which he is dependent on will have to be taken in the form of supplements.
Nutrient deficiencies and dependencies play a major role in the development of senility. This means there are as many types of senility as there are dependencies or deficiencies. Grey hair is one of the manifestations of aging. For some people, taking large doses of vitamin E restores their original hair color. Others its a form of calcium and others its a Classic ( vegetable based) Chinese Herbal Formula that helps restore the hair and the skin as well. In one case history, a patient who began to grey over ten years earlier decided to try a protocol involving taking vitamin E daily along with a Traditional Classic Chinese Herbal Formula over a six month period and we witnessed his hair color restored along with reduced facial wrinkles.
When I went to China to study acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal medicine I had the opportunity to go to an open Flee market or swap meet, black market actually in those days, and I saw a woman with bound feet walking around easily and she had black hair. I was amazed because binding feet had become outlawed a long time ago, which meant that she was pretty old and yet she had shinny black long beautiful hair. So I said in my amazement Wow! how good you look, but do your feet hurt. Her daughter ( a mature woman herself) answered me and said no her feet don't hurt her and I asked did she dye her hair and the daughter answered no she didn't need to because it was all naturally black. The daughter told me her mother was 96 years old and was in good health. I have also learned that mostly only the wealthy families bound the feet of their female children and it was a sign of wealth and status, which also means they had access to good herbalists and Acupuncturists who would give them herbal formulas with many trace elements to nourish the body, the likes of which western science has not identified yet. In this case both the mother and daughter were emphatic that her hair was naturally shinny black and her feet didn't hurt and she was very spry and moved easily and quickly around but also easily stood still to talk with me a few minutes.
In another case there was a Chinese man who was in his fifty's and had a very young looking face and his body was in great shape, like that of a twenty year old in good shape. I asked him how often did he work out and he said never. But I later learned that he grew up in China and his family was very wealthy and he had private martial arts teachers, herbalists and acupuncturists to take care of him which set him up with good health and a great physique even into his fifties.
B vitamins exert a great influence on fine motor control. One double-blind placebo-controlled study found that normal, healthy volunteers who were experienced marksmen improved their aim significantly by taking a vitamin B formulation. (Bonke, 1986). Improvement in shooting accuracy was between ten to twenty percent.
B vitamins, like vitamin C and Beta Carateen vitamin A are water soluble in your body. This means that they are not stored in your fat cells. If you take them, divide the dose into three or four parts and take them with each meal.
Mayo Clinic researchers published an article that tabulated the statistics on stomach function in peoples of all ages. They found that 50 percent of all the people they tested over age sixty had less stomach acid produced in their stomachs than is necessary to completely digest their food. When we don't digest our food , we don't get the nutrition out of it. For instance, we could be eating free range chicken and if we don't completely digest it, we won't get the amino acids out of the protein and minerals in the protein. And then if one has digestive difficulties the normal societal conditioning is to take an acid - blocking medication and shut off our digestion. But what is missing is hydrochloric acid and possibly pancreatic enzymes. Now many researchers are saying that macular degeneration in the eyes, which is so serious and can lead to blindness, starts in the stomach. Same with hair loss. Hair is made from protein.
and getting the right dosage on supplements is very important There are many cases of senility reversal and it can be prevented. A steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland is the most abundant steroid in the human bloodstream. Research has found it to have significant anti-obesity, anti-tumor, anti-aging, and anti-cancer effects. DHEA levels naturally drop as people age, and there is good reason to think that taking DHEA supplement may extend your life and make you more youthful while you're alive.
DHEA protects brain cells from Alzheimer's disease and other senility-associated degenerative conditions. Nerve degeneration occurs most readily under low DHEA conditions. Brain tissue naturally contains 6.5 times more DHEA than is found in the bloodstream in order to protect the brain from aging damage. Dr. Eugene Roberts found that by adding low concentrations of DHEA to nerve cell tissue cultures he could "increase the number of neurons, their ability to establish contacts, and their differentiation. DHEA also enhances long term-term memory in mice. People with Alzeimer's disease have 48% less DHEA than matched controls of the same age. Here at Sunnyslopehealingarts you can get your DHEA levels tested to find out the suggested amount for you to take.
A naturally-occurring nutrient found in seafood such as anchovies and sardines is DMAE. Normally present in small amounts in our bains it is known for its remarkable brain-enhancement effects. IT elevates mood, improves memory and learning, increases intelligence, extends life span of lab animals and increases physical energy. It is used by many people for its mild, safe stimulant effect, and yet DMAE also makes it easier for most people to get to sleep at night as well as needing less sleep when taking it.
The stimulant effect of DMAE is significantly different from the stimulant produced by coffee, amphetamines, or other stimulant drugs. DMAE does not have a drug-like quick up and quick come down. People who take DMAE have reported that after three to four weeks, they feel a mild simulation continually, without side effects. Also, when DMAE is discontinued, no depression or let-down occurs.
DMAE works by accelerating the brain's synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which in turn plays a key role in maximizing mental ability as well as in preventing loss of memory in aging adults. However, take precautions not to overdose because that can produce insomnia, dull headaches, or tenseness in muscles ( especially those of the jaws, neck and legs). These side effects disappear if the dosage is lowered slightly. No serious adverse effects have ever been reported with DMAE. People with manic depression should not take this because it can deepen the depressive phase.
Unlike drugs which are designed to act against a specific disease or symptom, ginseng has a wide range of uses. Ginseng improves brain function, concentration, memory and learning. In addition, it can reduce or normalize heart beat, blood sugar, and stimulate metabolic functions, blood sugar, and normalize cholesterol.,
Choline, a B-vitamin, is the precursor of acetylcholine ( a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in memory). Choline improves memory by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain. Choline, in it's various forms, has been shown to improve performance by normal, healthy humans in a variety of intelligence and memory tests. Phosphatidyl choline (PC) is the active ingredient of lecithin. PC is important. Nerve and brain cells in particular need large quantities of PC for repair and maintenance. It also aids in the metabolism of fats, regulates blood cholesterol, and nourishes the fat-like sheaths of nerve fibers.
Precautions: Any compound that acts as precursor to acetylcholine such as choline, PC or DMAE should not be used by people who are manic depressive because it can deepen the depressive phase.
Egg lecithin is an extract of egg yolk. It has been used to treat senility and viral diseases such as AIDS in Israel. The theory is that the substance increases the "fluidity" of cell membranes after discovering that cell membranes in aged animals were more stiff than in young animals. Since most of the electro chemical activity in the cell originates on membranes, the fluidizing effect could be stabilizing and de-aging the cell's metabolism.
Others in the field have suggested that it works similarly to soy lecithin, improving intelligence and immune response by providing the raw materials needed by the cell to manufacture and repair the membranes. Others say it is an expensive source of acetylcholine precursors. However, a number of elderly people who took it reported to have improved cognition.
Precaution: Any compound that acts as a precursor to acetylcholine should not be used by people who are manic depressive because it can deepen the depressive phase.
Ginseng has a wide range of uses. It appears to function by acting as an adaptogen, a nontoxic substance that increases resistance to stress. Adaptogens have a remarkable ability to normalize conditions in the body, restoring homeostasis, and protecting against stress and fatigue. Ginseng improves brain function, concentration, memory and learning. In addition, it can reduce or normalize heart beat, blood sugar, and cholesterol, stimulate metabolic functions and increase endocrine activity. Ginseng can stimulate the circulatory system and digestion, quench free radicals, increase resistance to drugs, alcohol, chemotherapy, and other toxins. It is known to improve athletic performance, shorten recovery time after exercise or stressful situations, benefit insomnia and sleep disturbances, stimulate the immune system, and improve sexual function. It is ginseng's ability to normalize conditions in the body that give it this rather long list of benefits.
The medicinal properties of ginseng appear to be due to a group of chemicals called saponins, also known as glycosides or ginsenosides. These chemicals influence the metabolism of neurotransmitters like serotonin and acetylcholine, which are important for optimum mental functioning. Ginseng seems to reduce the activation of the adrenal cortex, and therefore inhibits the alarm stage of stress. Saponins also increase the activity of the lymphocytes, enhancing immune function. Many of the effects of ginseng are due to its ability to regulate the energy in your body and brain.
Precautions: Individuals with high blood pressure should be cautious about using large quantities of ginseng. In Chinese medicine, there are "Types" of people for whom ginseng is contraindicated. Also, Chinese medicine uses ginseng as a tonic, not necessarily on a daily basis. Also there is a tremendous variation in the amount of active ingredients found in different types of ginseng and ginseng products.
Research from the Karolinska Instiitute in Sweden shows that omega-3 fatty acids in dietary supplements can cross the blood brain barrier in people with Alzheimer's disease affecting known markers for both the disease itself and inflammation.
Earlier studies indicate that omega-3 can protect against Alzheimer's disease. People may resist taking the Omega-3 capsules because they burp up fishy or they are expensive. there are some good products made from algae but they are expensive. However they are ecologically more safe. Chia seeds offer a first rate alternative in that they are an economical source of Omega-3 fatty acid and protein and fiber. It is important to soak them first in water for an hour. You can take teaspoon twice a day. They will also help stabilize blood sugar in hypoglycemic sensitive individuals.
LOW VITAMIN D CAUSES DAMAGE TO BRAIN
Research led by the University of Kentucky found that a diet low in vitamin D can lead to free radical damage to the brain and many different brain proteins were damaged, which lead to a significant decrease in cognitive performance on tests of learning and memory.
Vitamin D deficiency is especially widespread among the elderly. Previously, low levels of vitamin D have been associated with Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers and heart disease.
It is recommended that people get at least 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure each day to ensure that vitamin D levels are normalized and remain to help the brain. However, if you don't want to sit in the sun because you don't want to burn or age your skin it is suggested that you take a vitamin D supplement.
Here at Sunnyslope Healing Arts the correct dosage for supplements
for your individual body can be determined by Integrated holistic methods. The needs of individual bodies vary greatly so finding the correct dosage for you is important.
Research I have seen suggests that coffee may have some intelligence-lowering effects. Unless you are truly addicted and require coffee for functioning, it is recommended that coffee be avoided during intellectually-demanding situations.
Stress plus malnutrition, decreased immune defenses, obesity and hypoglycemia, all effect organ functions that effect the brain and therefore memory.
A low functioning thyroid will not only leave you depressed and tired but it effects the brain and memory.
Two high-blood pressure medications can impair verbal memory. Inderal ( propranolol ) and Aldomet ( methyldopa ) have been found to cause memory loss in both hypertensive patients and patients with normal pressures. Such impairment was not observed in hypertensive people taking only diuretics.
When people with Alzheimer's disease die and their brains are examined, researchers usually find aluminum ions. Aluminum is a highly reactive cross-linking agent. Such an agent binds separate molecules or parts of the same molecule. Molecules thus bound are no longer able to absorb water, oxygen, nutrients from the blood vessels (Kaufman 1986). Aluminum is used to tan the covers of baseballs because it cross-links and hardens the leather.
When injected into the brains of experimental animals, aluminum causes neurofibrillary tangles (tangles of nerve filaments). These tangles are also found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Aluminum can reduce the transport of choline into nerve cells. Choline is the precursor of acetylcholine, a neurtransmitter. People with Alzheimer's disease have low levels of acetylcholine in their brains.
Aluminum sulfate is used by water utlilities to remove fine particles from drinking water. one recent study found that areas in England that had elevated levels of aluminum sulfate in the drinking water have elevated incidence of Alzhiemer's disease. (Martyn, 1989).
Whether aluminum is the actual cause of Alzheimer's disease is still a matter of scientific controversy. It is, however, classified as a toxic metal, and many people will wish to minimize their intake of aluminum. Here too, there is controversy. Aluminum cookware is totally avoided by some, while others only avoid it for the cooking of acid foods. Everyone involved with this issue should be aware that it is also found in deodorants, antacids and baking powder.
Aluminum may also be linked to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease (Piccardo, 1988).
Two fruit acids, citric acid and malic acid, have been demonstrated to facilitate the excretion of aluminum in mouse experiments. The acids are commonly found in foods such as fruit and wine, and are used as flavorings and preservatives. Citric acid and malic acid bond with the aluminum and carry it out out the body safely. Malic acid is better than citric at removing aluminum from the brain and nerve tissue and citric acid is better at removing aluminum from body tissue of lab mice.
Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw report hearing a strange case where one identical twin sister had come down with Alzheimer's disease while after 10 years the other twin had not. They both ate the same food and drank the same water. The only difference in the two women's lifestyles is that the one who did not get Alzheimer's disease had been drinking half a bottle of wine a day for years. A half of a bottle of wine contains about 1.5 grams of malic acid.
Precautions: Some people who have herpes simplex get cold sores when they increase their fruit acid intake. Others are allergic to citrus.