A thousand years ago, even educated people werenít sure the brain was a vital organ. They certainly didnít know what it did. This last 100 years has given us an explosion of information. What can we say in this short space?
First is that for most people brain degeneration can be dramatically slowed down by taking a few basic steps. The brain like your body needs exercise. In this case exercise means learning. One of best brain stimulators is learning to play the harp. Learning to play other musical instruments will help too. Learning a new language is difficult for an adult but is also very brain protective.
As you learn, your brain makes new connections. It is these connections that keep a neuron alive. While we are on the subject of neurons, you have heard that we only use 10% of our brains. A cardinal rule of neurology is that if a neuron isnít used for 10 days, it dies. So the neurons that are still alive are being used. A lot of our brain is used in ways that makes us uniquely human, that is giving us the ability to walk on two legs in a coordinated fashion, learn language etc.
All else being equal, a person with a college education or equivalent will show symptoms of a genetic brain disorder much slower than a person who led a simple, repetitive life.
Physical exercise is also brain protective. Exercise delivers oxygen to this metabolically active zone and exercise also does good things for blood sugar control. The brain runs on sugar and does best when blood sugar levels are kept within a tight range.
So far we have to keep learning and exercise regularly. But wait, thereís more.
People who study the history of man have noticed that brain size over the last 10,000 years or so has generally decreased. The commonly held opinion is that this is due at least in part, to the beginning of reliance on grains as a staple. Before the agricultural revolution, people were hunters and gatherers and ate what they found that day. Having a reliable source of calories like wheat that could be stored and transported across great distances had some advantages for civilization. Brain health wasnít one of them. To read more, I recommend books such as The Paleo Diet or the Primal Blueprint.
A few cultures around the world still donít rely on these classes of plants. Again researchers have noted that these cultures have an almost complete lack of schizophrenia and related brain disorders. Part of the reason is that several components of the grain can cause an autoimmune reaction and one of the key organs subject to damage from this autoimmune cascade is the brain and other neural tissue.
The most studied component of wheat is gluten. Gluten is made up of two proteins. The gliadin portion can have a very powerful autoimmune stimulating effect but the other protein glutenin is not benign either in some people according to very recent research.
Today it is easy to tell if this is happening to you. We recommend Cyrex Labs Array 3 test. This is a simple, single-tube blood draw and costs about $325. It is a one-time test and can save your life. Because understanding gluten is so key to understanding chronic inflammation and illness, you will find a separate learning section at OVitaminPro.com on this topic. Gluten Resources.
Omega-3 fatty acids and phosphatidyl choline are essential components to neural health. Researchers have long ago determined that the ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids should be about 1:1 for optimum health. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is closer to 20:1 or even higher. This is because foods like corn and wheat contain mostly omega-6 fatty acids. Fish oils and flax seed oils contain much higher ratios of omega-3 fatty acids. Wild game meat also is much higher in omega-3 fatty acids than its domesticated counterparts.
Several companies have figured out how to get that important fish oil into capsules without the oils suffering degradation by oxidation that begins almost immediately after the fish is caught. We recommend brands such as Nordic Naturals, Metagenics and NuMedica. Nordic Naturals has built its entire business around delivering oxidation free omega-3 fatty acids. Some have pointed out that there arenít enough quality omega-3 fatty acids for 7 billion people.
We also recommend Thorne Research's PHOSPHATIDYL CHOLINE to give your body the building blocks to make the best cell membranes. Phosphatidyl choline is an important component of cell membranes. Cell membranes control what comes in and what leaves a cell.
Metagenics has also brought to market a wonderful product called Ceriva. In a process like Alzheimerís Disease, the body produces beta amyloid proteins that begin to cause brain degeneration. This eventually leads to a more permanent brain damage condition with an abundance of something called tau proteins. The active ingredient in Ceriva has been shown in animal studies to dramatically reduce the beta amyloid protein concentration and also reduce the progression to the tau protein state. You may be able to slow down or prevent certain types of brain degeneration by chewing on chocolate-flavored Ceriva tablet three times per week. We have seen this work and highly recommend it for everyone over 45 years of age.
See also Shop By Concern Neurotransmitter Support. Neurotransmitter support is a relatively recent advance with an excellent track record already. Keeping your neurotransmitters tuned-up pays off now and in your future.
I know this is article is a little long but I wanted to give you the important basics regarding the part of you that makes you most human.
"Will be a forever customer! Can't believe the service for the price! Thanks!"
- SW, Kansas
"I fully recommend the products, support and professional recommendations from this website."
- CL, California
"We have always received excellent service from your site and know we can look forward to an excellent experience in the future."
- WP, Maryland
"I love the prompt service. Orders have always been processed the same day. Thanks."
- WM, Nebraska
"I look forward to doing more business with you. I choose this store because of the great customer service. You answer questions, make recommendations and are prompt in your replies."
- KC Florida
"Products are outstanding, and the customer service was always available. They took the time to explain various products and this reinforced the fact that they truly care about their customers. I have begun to make more and more purchases on the Internet, and OVitaminPro is simply the very best website I have used. Excellent people and products!! All web stores should be like this one!"
- SB, California
"Ordering was quick and easy. I received my order fast due to the way they ship the item. They immediately let you know when your order will be packed and shipped. I am very satisfied with the company. The last time I checked their prices were better than others. I am confident when I order that I will receive my order when they say it will be delivered. I would recommend ovitaminpro to others."
- KD Texas
"I have ordered from them a few times now. Service is fast, orders are always right. I will order from them again!"
- WS Texas
"The thing I like best is that delivery is only two days! I can order something Monday, and it will be at my house on Wednesday. Prices are reasonable and service and selections are good."
- CL, Kansas
"Thank you soooooo much! Got my order as promised. I really appreciate your personal effort in making an extra trip to get my order out after the mail had already gone for the day. I now have everything I need for a relaxing vacation. Was really concerned about running out of Serotone, but "you" solved my problem. Again, thank you so very much! You folks are GREAT!!"
Join our mailing list for the latest news and promos!
All products, claims and testimonials made about specific products on or through this site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Any information contained on any product label or packaging and any information provided on OVitaminPro.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or for prescription of any medication or other treatment. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. *Any Free USPS Ground Shipping Offer Applies to Continental U.S. Locations Only