Nervous and Brain System Concerns: Cognitive function, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, brain fog, inflammation, stress related symptoms, sleep disorders, headaches, depression, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, MS, epilepsy
Maintaining a heathy brain and nervous system that will serve us well into our elderly years should be on everybody’s mind.
The brain is a vast network like a computer system. More than 100,000 miles of myelin-covered nerve fibers fill the brain. Start losing your myelin and you start losing it! Not funny but a warning how important it is to treat your body with great care. Traversing through our body to help the brain orchestrate our being to move and feel, is a huge nervous system of 37 miles of nerves, 94,000 miles of sensations, and 86 billion, yes billion, neurons (nerve cells). How incredible!! To feel something anywhere in and on your body!
America has a major crisis on its hands with Alzheimer’s and dementia disease. The Alzheimer Association says more 5.7 million Americans have these dreadful diseases which are now the 6th leading cause of death. In fact, 1 in 3 Americans will die from these life wasting maladies. Last year, there were 121,404 deaths from Alzheimer’s. The total deaths kill more than those from breast and prostate cancer combined each year.
The cost of health care exceeds 305 billion dollars annually and by 2050 the cost will be more than 1.1 trillion dollars. Sixteen million caregivers provide unpaid care in 18.6 billion hours valued at 244 billion dollars. Fifty percent (50%) of the medical profession feels they are not ready for this tidal wave of elderly care.
In addition to the sad numbers above, Americans have 800,000 strokes and subsequent 140,000 deaths each year, 400,000 have multiple sclerosis (MS) with 10,000 new cases each year and 14% of Americans suffer from migraines each year. More than a trillion dollars a year in costs are spent for brain diseases and injuries, as well as numerous hereditary disorders.
Providing a well-rounded diet and a supplement regimen with antioxidant nutrients helps protect the brain from free radical damage to nerve cells. Below are nutrients and foods to fortify the nervous system to ward off the raves of aging and mental decline.
Important Nutrients – Phosphatidylserine (PS), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, boron, B1, B Complex, acetyl-L-carnitine, phosphatidyl serine, pycnogenol, grape seed exact, multi-vitamin and mineral complex, lecithin, coenzyme Q10, potassium, Vitamin A, zinc , Vitamin C, Vitamin K, trimethylglyine (TNG), astaxanthin, arginine/Citrulline, melatonin,
Food Sources – salmon and other cold water fish, pomegranate, apples, green leafy
greens, avocado, water, nuts, rosemary, sage, colorful vegetables and fruits, poultry, olive
oil, omega 3 fats, tuna, grapes, berries, leafy greens, chocolate, extra virgin olive oil,
whole grain, and red wine.
Herb Sources – ginkgo biloba, ashwagandha, valerian root, passionflower, chamomile,
Avoid – Excess added sugars (check labels), and salt use. Also avoid white bread, processed meats, cheeses, caffeine, fried foods, cheese, pastries, margarine, and red meat.
Popular Supplements for Nervous/Brain System Health:
Multi-vitamin/mineral complex for the nervous system
• Source Naturals Complete Essential Fatty Acids, 120 soft gels, 3/day.
Phosphatidyl serine (PS) – supports cognitive function and stress relief.
• Jarrow Formulas, Phosphatidylserine, 100mg, 60 soft gels, 1/day
Acetyl-L-Carnitine: delays the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, greater synergy than regular L-carnitine form.
• Vitacost, Acetyl L-Carnitine HCI, 500mg, 120 capsules, 1/day
Vitamin C – major antioxidant to enhance the immune system.
• Doctor’s Best, Sustained Vitamin C, 500mg, 60 capsules, 2/day
L-Citrulline/L-Arginine – relaxes the vascular system and improves circulation.
• Jarrow Formulas, Arginine-Citrulline Sustain, 500mg, 120 tablets, 2/day
Cautions – Dosages should be taken as instructed on the bottle(s). Excessive consumption can result in complications. Be sure there aren’t any drug interferences. Consult with your physician when in doubt.
If you are pregnant or lactating, please read the warning labels on the products and consult with your physician before consuming.
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