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A deteriorating and aging brain brings into focus the very essence of the meaning of life and for many, the definition of "quality of life". The older you get, the greater your chance of getting dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Successful preventive and palliative strategy involve:

Taking nutritional supplements for brain health
  1. Phosphatidylserine: 30 - 120 mg a day for nerve call membrane stabilization.
  2. Ginkgo Biloba: 80 - 300 mg a day (do not take if already on blood thinner such as aspirin therapy or coumadin).
  3. Cat's Claw: 100 - 400 mg a day.
  4. Tyrosine: 100 - 400 mg a day.
  5. Bilberry Extract: 10 - 40 mg a day.
  6. High Potency Multivitamin formula and mineral complex with extra Vitamin B6 and B12 (500 - 1,000 mcg), Boron (3 mg), Zinc (50 - 100 mg a day), and Selenium (200 mcg).
  7. Complete antioxidant program including Vitamin C (1,000 - 3,000 mg), Vitamin E (400 - 800 IU), Grape Seed Extract (30 - 200 mg), Coenzyme Q10 (30 - 120 mg), and Green Tea Extract (30 - 150 mg) .


Because of tremendous individual variation, the use of nutritionals should therefore be personalized for your body. One person's nutrient can be another person's toxin. If you have a specific health concern and wish my personalized nutritional recommendation, write to me by clicking here.

Lifestyle modifications that enhance brain health 

  1. Eat class="articledefault" a well-balanced diet of unprocessed foods, high in fruits and vegetables.
  2. Drink filtered water only.
  3. Avoid alcohol, smoke, processed food, environmental toxins such as aluminum and mercury.
  4. Keep the mind active with activities such as reading, chess, puzzles.
  5. Keep physically fit with aerobics and weight training exercises.
  6. Practice stress reduction techniques

Consult a physician to consider the following 
  1. Aricept (which promotes neurotransmitter function at nerve junctions).
  2. Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs.
  3. Estrogen Replacement Therapy.
  4. Rule out metal toxicity as a cause of dementia.
  5. Treatment for chronic depression.
  6. Stress therapy.

Promising Treatments 

New treatments that are on the horizon, but still years away, include vaccines and gene therapy.

Many studies have suggested that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, are associated with reduced risk of AD, but other results have been contradictory. The jury is still out and it may take years to hear the results of the various clinical trials that are underway.

Production of beta-amyloid (a hallmark feature of AD) can be inhibited by protease-inhibiting drugs. Such drugs are entering clinical trials. It is hoped that cutting back amyloid production will prevent AD. Similar medicines have met with great success in the past, including the protease inhibitors that have recently revolutionized HIV treatment. It remains to be proven whether protease-inhibition is enough to beat dementia and AD.

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About The Author

Michael Lam, M.D., M.P.H., A.B.A.A.M. is a specialist in Preventive and Anti-Aging Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, California. He also holds a Masters of Public Health degree and is Board Certification in Anti-aging Medicine by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. He has authored numerous articles and the following books: The Five Proven Secrets to Longevity, How to Stay Young and Live Longer, Estrogen Dominance - Hormonal Imbalance of the 21st Century, and Beating Cancer with Natural Medicine.

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