Brain Health 2018-04-23T15:16:54+00:00

Brain Health

At the Brain & Heart Research Institute, our goal is to help all doctors and individuals prevent and treat concerns of the brain through education, natural protocols, testing and superior products.

We believe that ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss  — all can be helped with natural protocols.

Brain health

To all baby boomers: Aging is a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and deterioration of brain function. Most individuals with the disease are 65 and older. One in nine people in this age group and nearly one-third of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s. This number continues to increase.

Alzheimer’s disease is on track to take lives of 45 million of the 325 million Americans alive today. Dale Bredesen, author of The END of Alzheimer’s.

The Smarter Aging Brain. However, while aging is a risk factor for the loss of brain function, it does not mean that our brain function will deteriorate just because we are getting older. Science has shown that the brain can both maintain its vigor and vitality as we age and improve its capabilities. Lifestyle, health habits, exercise, diet, all play a significant role in all aspects of aging.

To realize your greatest potential requires your brain to operate at its highest capacity. Neuroscience has proven your brain is capable of performing at a much higher level, even in its 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

Nutrients. Like the rest of our body, our brain benefits from receiving proper nutrients. Quality and scientifically proven nutrients can increase blood flow to the brain, maintain the health of neurotransmitters and neurons, provide oxygen and energy transport, support gut health (our second brain), and help maintain heart health.

The following nutrients are a partial list of those that support brain function: Omegas (particularly DHA), Phosphatidylcholine, Acetyl L Tyrosine, L-Dopa, B6, Zinc, Folate, Green Tea, CoQ10, NAC, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Resveratrol, Quercitin, Tumeric, Ashwagandha, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, and Glyceryl-phosphoryl-choline. Effectiveness depends on quality and formulation.

Brain heart connection, heart and brain, man with heart and brain showingBrain-Heart Connection. Both the brain and heart require blood flow. This is one reason why science emphasizes the links between brain health and heart health. One obvious link is that the brain is nourished by a network of blood vessels, and the heart has the job of pumping blood through these blood vessels to the brain. Brain scans have shown that when the heart becomes healthier, the brain becomes healthier.

Conditions that damage the heart and blood vessels such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, and stroke, all can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia and other brain disorders.

Brain disorders at any age.  Statistics estimate that 51% of the US population will have some type of brain disorder in their life: depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc..  Concussions are common, in sports at all ages and in accidents. Brain-related problems affect up to 200 million Americans at some point in their lives. Memory loss, brain fog and lack of brain endurance can occur at any age yet

Are you taking care of your brain? We take care of our autos by getting the oil changed, watching the tread on the tires and hopefully by performing regular maintenance. We maintain our lawns, clean our homes, try to control our weight, get our haircut, and in some cases get expensive beauty treatments.

Yet, most of us do not make a concerted effort to take care of our brains. Health care professionals typically ignore the brain unless the brain is their specialty. Most of the professionals prescribe drugs as part of their treatments.

“The unfortunate reality is that current medications help too few people to get better and very few people to get well.”
Insel, NIMH

Risks Associated with a Declining Brain: Scientists have identified factors that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. The most important risk factors—age, family history, and heredity—can’t be changed, but emerging evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence.