Brain disorders are more prevalent than ever! Most Americans are exposed to countless toxins in their food and their homes, many of which have yet unknown lifetime effects. Let alone the widespread cardiovascular health problems and poor diets. All of these contribute to a mountain of health risks to your most important organ: your brain.
There are 6 major brain disorders that have claimed the most lives in our country. Here’s what you need to know about what they are, how they’re caused, and how you can stop them from claiming your life (in spite of a family medical history).
A stroke is when a sudden lack of oxygen kills brain cells (this happens when blood flow is blocked from the brain). Having a stroke increases your risk of many other health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Causes of Stroke
There are many things people can do to prevent strokes, especially by eliminating certain risk factors like:
High blood pressure
High blood lipid levels
High homocysteine levels
Lack of exercise
When it comes to brain food for stroke, it’s most important to get enough B vitamins in your diet. Therefore, whole grains, leafy greens, and non-fatty protein sources are essential for an anti-stroke diet. Also, eating plenty of antioxidants (found in fruits and veg rich in vitamins E and C) will further help to reduce risk of stroke and heart disease.
This brain disorder is the second biggest cause of dementia (after Alzheimer’s disease). It’s caused by damage to the blood vessels that supply oxygenated blood to the brain. While a stroke happens suddenly, vascular dementia is characterized by a slow decline in brain function. Symptoms include depression, migraines, confusion, uncontrollable emotions, and eventually loss of bladder and bowel control.
Vascular Dementia Prevention and Treatment
Increasing or supplementing B vitamins
Supplement vinpocetine (a periwinkle extract which increases blood flow)
As the massive generation of baby boomers ages (and life expectancy is longer than ever before), Alzheimer’s poses a bigger and bigger threat to American health. The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that between 11 and 15 million Americans will be diagnosed with the diseased by 2050. Compare that with the current rate of 5.4 million, and you can see we have a major problem.
Cause of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a build-up of Beta Amyloid in the brain, which causes inflammation and kills brain cells. Unfortunately, it can take years for the first symptoms to show up. When patients start to experience memory loss, they have likely had Alzheimer’s for quite some time.
Alzheimer’s Treatment and Prevention
It has been suggested that free radicals play a significant role in causing the beta amyloid build-up in the brain. Thus, antioxidants are most important for preventing the disease. Other tips include:
Avoid trans fats (cook with olive oil and pumpkin seed oil instead)
Eat foods rich in vitamin E
Supplement Melatonin (this sleep-regulator is a fantastic antioxidant)
Supplement Borage Oil (an essential fatty acid to reduce brain inflammation)
There are roughly 50,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease every year in America alone. This disease is caused by deterioration of the part of the brain that produces dopamine (which controls balance and movement). This is why the most distinctive symptom of Parkinson’s is uncontrolled shaking, in addition to rigid muscles.
Prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease is based on treating the root cause of brain degeneration: free radicals caused by toxins. The first step is to ensure your liver is able to detoxify your body at an optimal level.
Avoid processed foods, and opt for whole, organic foods instead
boost your liver function by consuming plenty of broccoli, cauliflower, and kale
supplement with milk thistle (200mg twice daily).
In addition, the antioxidant Glutathione can be an exceptional treatment for Parkinson’s. Administered through an IV, it not only reduces the symptoms of the disease, but fights free radicals in your brain, and helps with liver function as well!
There are more than 400,000 people affected by MS in the United States, and most of them are women. In fact, women are twice as likely to have multiple sclerosis as men. This disease is caused by the immune system attacking part of your nerve cells. Its symptoms include tingling or numbness, sloppy speech, vision problems, fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and poor motor skills.
How to Treat MS
MS is suspected to be originally caused by an infection that affects your immune system. Two of the main suspects are the bacteria chlamydia pneumoniae and the yeast candida albicans. That’s why therapy for multiple sclerosis must address a healthy gut. Here’s what you should do:
B12 shots to protect nerve cells
Borage Oil to reduce brain inflammation
Antibiotic therapy to kill chlamydia pneumoniae (must be taken with probiotics for healthy gut flora)
Eat mostly vegetables, seeds, nuts, and fish (avoiding high-fat foods like meat and dairy)
Amytophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
About 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) every year. It is a disorder of the part of the nervous system in charge of muscle movement. There is a wide variety of symptoms, but some of the most common ones include muscle weakness, speech difficulty, fatigue, muscle twitching, difficulty swallowing, and eventually difficulty breathing.
How to Treat and Prevent ALS
Prevention and treatment for ALS focuses on increasing antioxidants. This makes Glutathione treatment a good choice, in addition to increasing antioxidant-rich foods in your diet. You should also supplement with:
Perlmutter, David. The Better Brain Book. New York: Riverhead Books, 2004. Print.