Inflammation linked to Alzheimer’s
Could your brain be on FIRE?
It chips away at your memory… hijacks your ability to think… and can even rob you of your personality.
I’m talking about Alzheimer’s disease, and living with it can feel like not living at all.
Unfortunately, there’s no pill you can pop to make it better or go away — in part because we don’t know exactly what causes this devastating illness.
But we DO know that the brains of many Alzheimer’s patients are full of “plaques” made of a protein called amyloid beta, AND they’re riddled with inflammation in those same areas.
For years, in fact, docs have wondered which comes first in Alzheimer’s — the plaques or the “flames”?
And now, a new study has finally solved this “chicken-or-egg” riddle, and the smoking gun turns out to be something I’ve been warning you about for years.
In a study out of Germany, researchers encouraged the formation of plaques in the brains of mice — specifically, in the hippocampus, a brain region involved in memory and often implicated in Alzheimer’s — and they did that by stimulating an inflammatory response.
That means that inflammation was the driving force behind the formation of these plaques, NOT the other way around.
And what’s true for mice is also true for men — at least, in this case.
The researchers also analyzed human brain tissue and found that inflammation set the stage for amyloid beta deposits in a similar fashion.
Now, if you’ve been reading my eTips for a while now, you’re well aware that inflammation is your body’s response to injury and infection — but what you might not know is that your brain actually has its own immune system that’s distinct from the rest of your body.
When there are toxins invading your brain — whether from food, the environment, or byproducts of your own metabolism — this system kicks into high gear.
And if whatever’s activating your brain’s immune response never goes away, that could leave a continuous fire raging in your gray matter… opening the door to Alzheimer’s.
That means you want to do EVERYTHING you can to extinguish this four-alarm blaze.
For starters, the Paleo diet is a simple way to eliminate the grains, sugars, and processed foods that are known to kick up inflammatory processes in your body.
And since pollutants and toxic chemicals are in everything from the water we drink to the products we use to clean, it’s also a good idea to supplement with natural detoxifiers like glutathione (the “master antioxidant”) or the potent amino acid NAC (a well-known glutathione producer).
The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, as well as fish oil supplements, are also powerful anti-inflammatories that have also been proven to protect your brain from Alzheimer’s.
And as I shared with you just this morning, exercise is a great way to boost your brain — not only because it increases blood flow to your grey matter, but also because it’s a natural inflammation fighter.