Starting the Day with Supplements

While we can use food to nurture and protect our bodies and our brains, supplements play an important role in preventing inflammation and helping us achieve total health. In both Grain Brain and Brain Maker, in addition to laying out the lifestyle plan you should follow to avoid brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, I mention some of the most important supplements you can take for your health.

However, I’m often asked what my own daily routine is. Well, today I’m here to tell you.

More Support for Drinking Red Wine

We’ve all heard about the benefits of drinking red wine. Red wine has been touted to be helpful in reducing the risk for a variety of medical conditions including coronary artery disease, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

There has certainly been a lot of scientific research but trying to explain why red wine in moderation is actually good for your health. It is known that red wine may increase HDL, and this certainly has important heart implications.

Red wine also contains important antioxidants called polyphenols which are specifically beneficial in reducing the action of free radicals and therefore preventing damage to the lining of arteries.

Another substance found in red wine, although in fairly small amounts, is resveratrol. Resveratrol also tends to reduce LDL and also may act to reduce inflammation and blood clotting.  Continue reading

Grain Brain Pill Supplements

Grain Brain and the Seven Super Supplements

A brain-healthy, Alzheimer’s-fighting diet has properties that extend far beyond just decreasing your daily carb load. To truly provide your body with brain-boosting nutrients and vitamins that help stave off brain disease and other illnesses, you should consider a regular regimen of supplements. These seven supplements will go a long way towards helping you with prevention: Continue reading

Red Wine: Source of Resveratrol

Reverse Aging with Resveratrol

It’s true that if you lead a Grain Brain-friendly lifestyle, you should avoid the temptation to crack open a cold beer (even the gluten-free kind). However, that doesn’t mean all alcohol is off-limits. In fact, you can, and I do, enjoy the occasional glass of red wine. The reason for this? Not just because it tastes great and pairs well with all that grass-fed beef you’ll be eating, but because it’s a source of small amounts of resveratrol, a natural compound found in grapes.

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Coffee can save your brain from dementia, Alzheimer's, more

Coffee Can Save Your Brain

Being a coffee drinker, and at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as are we all, I was heartened by this study appearing in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The researchers followed 1,409 individuals, aged 65-79, for an average of 21 years. The study also looked at each individual’s dietary habits.

At the end of the study, 48 of the subjects had developed Alzheimer’s disease. And it was shown that the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease was reduced by an astounding 65% in those who drank 3-5 cups of coffee daily. The authors went so far as to suggest that “this finding might open possibilities for prevention of dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease.”

I’m certain there will be a lot of questions from our readers about the effects of tea, other caffeinated beverages, and whether or not decaffeinated coffee would be of benefit. These ideas were not specifically explored in this study. I will say that coffee, like turmeric, resveratrol, and green tea extract, is a powerful upregulator of Nrf2 activity and as such activates gene pathways to both reduce inflammation as well as antioxidant protection. These are important factors in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Grain Brain and the 7 Super Supplements

A brain-healthy, Alzheimer’s-fighting diet has properties that extend far beyond just decreasing your daily carb load. To truly provide your body with brain-boosting nutrients and vitamins that help stave off brain disease and other illnesses, you should consider a regular regimen of supplements. These seven supplements will go a long way towards helping you with prevention: Continue reading