This Herb Can Dissolve Deadly Brain Plaques
Are you concerned about maintaining the health of your brain as you age? You’re not alone. Losing one’s memory and mental faculties to age-related cognitive decline is something we all fear, and the current statistics on the prevalence of cognitive decline in this country are not pretty. By age 65, 1 in 9 Americans will suffer from severe cognitive decline, and by age 85, 1 in 3 will.
Researchers have been working for years to develop an effective treatment for cognitive decline. But one “miracle” drug after another has failed to live up to its promises, and it’s becoming more and more apparent that pharmaceuticals are not the solution. Unfortunately, the mainstream medical establishment is so narrowly focused on finding an elusive “cure” that scientifically researched cognitive health protection strategies are often ignored.
The Most Well-Studied Herbal Remedy in the World
Did you know that one specific herb has shown more promise when it comes to supporting the brain and neurological system than almost any other medical finding to date? In a recently published article, Dr. Oz and his colleague, Dr. Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, highlighted the best herbs to consider taking based on available scientific research. Turmeric, best known for its active compound curcumin, made the list, which is no surprise. Curcumin is one of the most well-studied herbal remedies in the world and continues to amaze scientists with its remarkable health benefits.
How Turmeric Protects Your Brain
Some of the most compelling research on turmeric concerns its positive effects on the brains of people with cognitive decline. The hallmark pathological process associated with certain types of age-related cognitive declines is the formation in the brain of abnormal protein structures. These are directly correlated to cognitive decline and the degree of their formation is directly associated with the degree of memory loss.
Normally when malformed proteins are formed within the brain, the immune system sends out cells known as macrophages, which engulf and destroy the proteins. If this ordinary function fails, defective proteins accumulate in the brain and cognitive decline can follow. So I was excited to read that recent research is showing that curcumin encourages the immune system to send macrophages to the brain.
In 2005, a group of researchers discovered that curcumin strongly inhibited the formation of these proteins in test tube models. Further studies in animal models continued to demonstrate curcumin’s remarkable ability to prevent the formation of proteins and significantly improve the body’s ability to break down existing plaques.[3,4] In 2007, a group of researchers found that feeding curcumin to mice for only 7 days significantly cleared and reduced existing proteins in the brain.
In 2008, a landmark clinical trial in humans with severe cognitive decline was conducted to measure the effects of curcumin. The results of the study clearly confirmed the findings that were seen in animal models. The participants treated with curcumin had significantly higher levels of dissolved protein in their blood compared to those in the placebo group. This clearly shows that when curcumin is taken orally as a supplement in moderate doses (1,000 mg and 4,000 mg/day is what was used in the study), it has the ability to effectively pass into the brain, bind to abnormal proteins, and assist the body in their breakdown and excretion. Curcumin is one of the only substances known to have such a profound effect on these proteins.
Curcumin Combats Dangerous Inflammation
In addition, curcumin is one of the most powerful natural substances ever studied showing the ability to lower pro-inflammatory markers. These potent inflammatory fighting properties also contribute to its role in protecting the brain. Inflammatory changes in the brain have long been known to be a contributing factor in the development of cognitive decline. Curcumin is a potent inhibitor of the body’s most powerful pro-inflammatory chemical called Nf-kappa beta.[8-14]
It is known that inflammation plays a role in cognitive decline, but it has also been found to play a role in many other devastating conditions that impact Americans. Keeping inflammation at bay has been shown to be an effective way to maintain normal cellular growth, psychological health, cardiovascular health and optimal overall wellness.[15-21]
The Right Supplement Makes All the Difference
This great news on curcumin is nothing new to many people interested in natural health. In fact, the reports on its ability to break down beta-amyloid plaques were so widely publicized that turmeric became a household name almost overnight. This widespread popularity has fueled a huge market for curcumin supplements. As with any product, some companies produce a worthwhile curcumin supplement capable of delivering the desired effects and others produce a low-quality product designed to appeal to the people who want the cheapest supplements on the shelf.
There are two major issues to consider when deciding to purchase a curcumin supplement:
- Standardization: This is the process by which a particular active ingredient in a plant is concentrated and brought to a consistent level in the herbal powder delivered to market. All of the beneficial research on turmeric has looked specifically at the active ingredients in the plant called curcuminoids. This makes it very important to select a product that contains a standardized dose of curcuminoids to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of the active ingredient. Some of the newer research on this plant has specifically focused on certain curcuminoids including demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin, so it is a huge advantage to purchase a supplement that can verify the presence of all the specific active ingredients.
- Absorption: This has always been the biggest problem when it comes to curcumin supplements. Traditionally, even very large oral doses fail to yield significant increases in circulating blood levels. In 1998, it was discovered that an extract of black pepper called piperine significantly enhances absorption of curcumin by preventing its breakdown in the small intestine and liver. In fact, one study found that the addition of a piperine extract to an oral dose of curcumin increased the bioavailablity by 2,000%! It is critical to make sure that any curcumin supplement you take contains this important black pepper extract to ensure you are getting maximum absorption.
The Curcumin Supplement I Recommend
It can be hard to find a supplement that meets the necessary requirements of quality, potency and formulation, while also being reasonably priced. Stop Aging Now’s Curcumin2K® formula is a great example of a premier curcumin supplement on the market today. It contains 1,330 mg of turmeric extract per serving standardized to 95% curcuminoids, the highest possible level. It contains the full spectrum of curcuminoids, including curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin.
Curcumin2K is also enhanced with 20 mg of BioPerine® black pepper extract standardized to contain 95% piperine. BioPerine is the brand used in all the research that has shown piperine increases curcumin’s absorption by up to 2,000%!
One of the reasons I really like Stop Aging Now’s products is that they are manufactured in the U.S. and meet the highest quality standards in the industry. Their products are produced in FDA-inspected facilities that meet or exceed Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). This ensures that all raw materials are carefully tested and handled before production and that all finished products are free of contaminants and guaranteed to meet all label claims. I have been working with the owner of Stop Aging Now for over 5 years and can personally attest to his commitment to quality and mission to produce top-notch supplements. They also offer an industry best 365-day “any reason” money-back guarantee.
Based on current scientific research, curcumin is one of the most important herbal remedies to consider taking. The data suggests that a high quality curcumin product like Curcumin2K is one of the most effective things you can do to support the health of your brain and reduce the devastating effects of chronic inflammation. I encourage you to use the information I’ve presented here to shop around if you’d like, but I’m confident that you’ll find no better curcumin product than Curcumin2K!
Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.
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