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Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter Natural Medicine that Gets Results!
April 2009

Greetings!

Happy Spring! I am writing this from Texas where the weather is in the 80's and the tulips and daffodils and many other flowers are in full bloom! I am here visiting my mother who is rapidly losing her cognition so I was inspired to dedicate this newsletter to memory and cognitive function. Sometimes people develop memory problems due to vascular problems, or problems with blood flow to the brain, others due to a head trauma, medication, or neurological changes such as Alzheimer's disease. This newsletter contains articles pertaining to preserving your memory through nutrition and other natural means. It is not to late to send letters to the Senate Health Committee in support of HB 1175 which would legalize the practice of naturopathic medicine in Colorado!

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in this issue
Tips to maintaining and improving your memory How Acetyl-L-Carnitine prevents Alzheimer's disease and dementia while boosting brain function Ginkgo Biloba and the Brain Fish Oil Benefits for Memory Salmon Recipes

How Acetyl-L-Carnitine prevents Alzheimer's disease and dementia while boosting brain function

Acetyl-L-carnitine may offer unprecedented hope for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease or the aftereffects of a stroke. The human brain is uniquely powerful and complex, but it is sometimes difficult for it to fully recover from damage. People who have been affected by stroke, traumatic brain damage or age-associated dementia know this all too well. Fortunately, research studies suggest that the vitamin-like nutrient L- carnitine may be able to slow down, or even reverse, brain deterioration. Plus, it may give people the ability to think clearer and remember things like, "Where did I put my keys?" From Natural News.com


Ginkgo Biloba and the Brain

Researchers found significant improvement in verbal recall among a group of people with age-associated memory impairment, who took the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba for six months, when compared with a group that received a placebo.

The UCLA study used positron-emission tomography (PET) and found that for people taking ginkgo biloba, improved recall correlated with better brain function in key brain memory centres. From the Brain Research Institute from UCLA


Fish Oil Benefits for Memory

It's good news that we are living longer, but bad news that the longer we live, the better our odds of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. Many Alzheimer's researchers have long touted fish oil, by pill or diet, as an accessible and inexpensive "weapon" that may delay or prevent this debilitating disease. Now, UCLA scientists have confirmed that fish oil is indeed a deterrent against Alzheimer's, and they have identified the reasons why.


Salmon Recipes

Everyone by now know that salmon is a fatty fish that contains high amounts of DHA and EPA, the omega 3 fatty acids that help improve brain function. Here is a link to some salmon recipes if you are tired of the old tried and true. Be sure to use Wild salmon , not farmed if you can since wild salmon will contain less mercury and other toxins than farmed salmon. Enjoy!


Tips to maintaining and improving your memory

My mother was sharp as a tack until my father died last year. She is 85 years old and once my father passed away she lost the will to live and decided to stop taking all of her supplements. Now her cognition is failing and I can't help but attribute it at least partially to the fact that she is no longer taking antiaging and memory enhancing supplements. Well so it goes... Here are my tips to maintaining and improving your brain function.

1. Get plenty of exercise. Exercise improves the blood flow to the brain and thus helps oxygenate the brain. This helps clarify the mind as well as producing endorphins which help to combat depression,and mental fuzziness .

2. Take a multivitamin and antioxidant. This will preserve your cellular health and also help to slow the aging process. Even if you eat a perfect diet , the stress we are under in our society and the pollution we encounter every day can cause cellular aging and increased cortisol levels which also diminish brain function.

3. Take your fish oil. Fish oils contain the highest amounts of DHA and EPA. Call me or email me for exact dosages as I do not like to make any specific recommendations in these emails.

4. Acetyl L-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid taken together have been scientifically shown in research studies done at UC Berkeley to reverse the aging process. This includes the brain as well.

5. Another powerful antioxidant is CoQ10. Not only is it antiaging, and good for your heart, it also lowers blood pressure in those who need that type of support. Another good reason to put it in your health regimen.

6. Use your brain! Those seniors who stayed intellectually engaged through reading, working learning new things (new neuronal pathways as my husband likes to say) and doing puzzles had lower rates of dementia than those who took a less mentally active approach to life. Use it or lose it!

7. Manage your stress! Those who practice meditation and yoga also had stronger cognitive function as they aged.

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