» A Faster Way to Memory Recovery

A recent study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia determined that elderly adults who strictly adhered to a modified Mediterranean diet called the MIND diet for a period of five years tested 7.5 years younger in terms of cognition than study participants who “adhered the least.” But if you know someone in a hurry to get better, consider this. A more impressive study, conducted with the U of Mass formulation, now called Perceptiv™ found that participants who took two tablets daily performed like those “15-20 years younger” after only 3 months! So which approach would you prefer – 7.5 years of regression in 5 years or 15 years of regression in 3-5 months?![1] Actually doing both is best. But, wait, now there may be something even better.

There is a new formulation that appears to produce even better results more quickly than the UMass formulation. It’s called Memoryze™. I’ve talked about it here before, but only on a couple of occasions, and one was on a video that is no longer available. However, as I see more people try this new combination I am becoming more impressed. Additionally, it doesn’t require taking any pills, as it comes in the form of a tasty drink mix. You simply pour it into a cup and add water.

The first 3 people that I knew who tried this formulation had been taking the UMass formula, and done well initially. But after a year or so on that, all 3 were once again seeing more slippage, i.e. they were forgetting more, remembering less, and 2 were becoming more agitated and confused. But those symptoms once again regressed in all 3 after being on this for only a couple of months.

One wife whose husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s reported:
“After only a month on this new formula my husband was doing better than he’s done in the last two year! He was so doped up he could hardly talk or walk. Now he is on NO medication. He’s had a complete personality reversal. Others have noticed as well. He can talk better, is much calmer, more compliant, considerate and loving. No more evening agitation or belligerent behavior. No more “Sundowners syndrome.”

Another man who sustained a TBI (traumatic brain injury) in an auto accident, felt some improvement on the university formula, but after a year or so had pretty much plateaued. However, he noted significant improvement once again in memory after being on this just a few weeks.

Healthier people over 40 with memory issues tend to improve more quickly, on a broader scale with this new formulation. And here is why –

Most medications for Alzheimer’s and some other supplements do a decent job of increasing the molecules of memory – neurotransmitters, but don’t address the underlying issues that age and damage cells; or they contain decent antioxidants, but little if anything to increase neurotransmitters. Memoryze and Perceptiv have both, but Memoryze has more for memory in a powerful combination that improves not only memory, but lifts mood and overall energy levels as well, especially when combined with SAMe (which is in Perceptiv, but not Memoryze as it is not water soluble.)

Hydration is also very important for those with any type of cognitive mood or memory impairment. And since this is a drink mix it facilitates that as well.

So why do these work better than meds and diet alone. The simple truth is that the brain is totally dependent upon good nutrition for its maintenance; in fact it’s an oxygen and nutrient hog! Although it comprises less than 3% of our body mass it utilizes more than 25% of the oxygen and energy we create. And all this activity and trillions of cells require a wide variety of nutrients – vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates to keep them functioning optimally.

Ideally our brain will obtain all of the nutrients it needs from the foods we eat. However, as many studies have shown, often seniors do not eat as well as they should, especially in more industrialized countries where they have easy access to processed foods, that have lost much of their nutritional value.

Moreover, it is well known that as we age our body is not as good at extracting the nutrients it needs from the foods we consume. This becomes even more difficult if a person has stomach or digestion problems like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac’s or crohn’s disease, or if they take antacids like Prilosec®, Zantac® or Nexium®, or consume high amounts of extra fiber with their meals like Metamucil®. All of these either cause or are signs of impaired digestion and nutrient absorption.

As a result of this confluence of factors, various studies have shown that seniors, especially those experiencing age-related memory problems tend to be critically low in a variety of nutrients, at least: Vitamins B-12 and folate, vitamins C, D and E, Acetyl-L-carnitine, N-acetyl-cysteine, SAMe, Omega-3 fatty acids, tryptophan, choline, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and likely many more.[2]

While it may be very difficult, if not impossible to overcome these nutritional deficits with improved diet alone, various studies have shown that some specialized nutritional supplements, especially containing combination of nutrients, can have a significant positive effect on seniors.[3] So, for example, as I noted in class, a study at Utah State University revealed that by simply supplementing a healthy diet with high amounts of antioxidants C & E, over a period of years, greatly reduced the risk for cognitive decline.[4]

A 2009 study out of Oxford University provided strong evidence that daily consumption of three simple B vitamins – B-6, B-12 and folic acid could in fact help to control inflammation in the brain, reduce homocysteine and arrest age-related cognitive decline. In fact they found in a double blind study that 2 years of supplementing with these brain essential nutrients reduced the rate of brain atrophy, and to a significant extent improved performance on memory tests, compared to those taking a placebo.[5] Moreover, a recent review of this research at UCLA showed those taking these B vitamins had 90% less shrinkage in their brains! Additionally the areas best protected were those that control how we learn, remember and organize our thoughts, precisely those that gradually atrophy as we age.

After reviewing these results Dr. Paul Thompson, head of the Imaging Genetics Center at UCLA School of Medicine noted “I’ve never seen results from brain scans showing this level of protection.”[6]

One of the top researchers in this field is Dr. Thomas Shea, a former professor of biology and researcher at Harvard Medical School. During his time there, he used various drugs to stabilize critical metabolic pathways that cause loss of brain cells. Then he transferred to the University of Massachusetts- Lowell, where he met other scientists who had been working on antioxidants and other nutritional interventions, and together they discovered that antioxidants and nutritional supplements were often more effective at promoting nervous system health than were the drugs and chemicals he had been using.

Their ongoing studies over 15 years led to the publication of over 60 scientific reports in this field, and the development of what until now has been touted as the best brain formula yet. Dr. Shea conducted 7 clinical studies on this synergistic formulation.

The last one with a quarter million dollar grant from the national Alzheimer’s Association.
This formulation contains the following ingredients: (Click on any of these ingredients for additional information related to their role in maintaining a healthy brain.)

In summary, numerous clinical studies have shown that these ingredients do the following:

In combination, Dr. Shea and his team found in 5 clinical studies that this formula:

In summary they found this formulation provided a safe and effective means for cognitive enhancement for seniors.
If you would like to try it just go to www.ThinkPerceptiv.com the retail cost for one bottle is typically $69.95.

For those with more serious memory challenges, for any who do not like taking pills, or who desire faster results there in now this new formula. When combined with SAMe, this new formula contains all of the ingredients found in PERCEPTIV™ However it also contains 6 other ingredients which make it even more effective, especially for enhancing memory.
Caution: This formula should not be taken by individuals on any type of blood thinner or anticoagulant medication, without a doctor’s supervision.

The additional ingredients are PS (Phosphatidylserine), Alpha GPC Choline, Curcumin, Rhodiola, Resveratrol, and Ginkgo Biloba. I won’t take the time and space to go into each of these in depth, but suffice it to say that each have been studied independently at numerous universities and found to be of significant value in improving memory.

* PS (phosphatidylserine), for example, is a primary constituent of brain cells and was the subject of numerous studies by Thomas Crook, PhD, one of the top researchers in the National Institute of Health, and Parris Kidd Ph.D a professor at UC Birkley. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled study, individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who took 300 (mg/day) of phosphatidylserine performed significantly better on standardized memory tests at the end of 12 weeks than did those who received placebo. Dr. Crook later wrote a book called The Memory Cure, based primarily on this research with PS.

* Choline is the primary constituent in acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter of memories. It also helps in the generation of new brain cells. Graduate students at MIT in the early 70’s found that certain forms of dietary choline could significantly improve memory. But the form they used was very expensive. Finally, after a decade of research Alpha GPC choline was developed which has been proven to provide the brain with this vital nutrient at an affordable price. This has even been used with success to help restore memory abilities in stroke victims.

* Curcumin comes from the spice Turmeric. Anciently it was highly prized for it’s ability to prolong life. It’s one of the most effective nutrients known for fighting inflammation in both the body and brain. Research at UCLA showed that it helps protect the brain from the ravages of aging in at least six different ways, including the production of the powerful endogenous antioxidant glutathione. It also reduces the accumulation of Beta amyloid[53] and the promotion of new brain cells.[54]

* Rhodiola has an amazing ability to both reduce cortisol and stress in the brain while at the same time increase oxygen to enhance energy needed for thinking. It’s therefore been shown to both enhance long term memory and elevate mood.[55]

* Resveratrol is an antioxidant that comes form the skins of grapes and is believed to give wine most of it’s medicinal value to protect the vascular system and promote vitality. A recent study suggested it can cross the blood brain barrier and may significantly slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

* Ginkgo has been shown in more than 100 studies to improve memory. It does this in several different ways but primarily through the facilitation of improved blood flow to the brain.

Plus Memoryze™ contains vitamin C as well as E, B-6 and a better form of B-12.

All of these ingredient are provided in therapeutic doses, to produce a powerful synergistic effect found in no other formula that I am aware of. I am familiar with a lot of “memory” formulas, having studied these for the past 30+ years. Plus I have a client/ friend who lives in a prominent senior community who sends me a new advertisement about every week for some new memory formula. And he’s tried many of them. But while there are a number of other formulas and nutrients shown to help memory, this one has the best empirical backing of it’s ingredients for enhancing both mood and memory that I am aware of.
This is a new formula, and it’s not yet well advertised. More on it should be coming out in the media later this year. But it is now available to the public. If you or someone you know would like to try this, email ABCBrain7@aol.com or give us a call at 801 529-8238 and we will share the latest details on where to obtain it at the best price.

I take this formula myself every day and believe it is the best formula available to help maintain a healthy brain. There are a variety of physical and mental activities that can help maintain a healthy brain and improve memory, but none work optimally if your brain is lacking the essential nutrients it needs to protect itself and function properly. And Memoryze™ provides more of what’s needed in higher amounts than any other formula I am aware of.

 
David R. Larsen, MFHD

 

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[2] Shea, TB, Remington, R, (2012) Nutrition and Dementia: are we asking the right questions? J Alzheimer’s Disease, in press. See also David Perlmutter, M.D. (2004) The Better Brain Book, Riverhead books; and Mark Hyman, M.D. (2009) The Ultra Mind Solution.

[3] Ibid

[4] Zandi, PP, Anthony, JC, Khachaturian, AS, et al. Reduced Risk of Alzheimer Disease in Users of Antioxidant Vitamin Supplements. Arch Neurol. 2004;61:82-88.

[5] Smith, AD, Smith, SM, de Jager, CA, Whitbread, P, Johnston, C, et al. 2010 Homocysteine-Lowering by B Vitamins Slows the Rate of Accelerated Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE5(9):e12244.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012244

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