Month: August 2023

Polyphenol Power. Keep your Brain Young with Antioxidants.

By Patrick Holford

Life is a balancing act between making energy by combusting glucose or ketones with oxygen, which generates ‘oxidant’ exhaust fumes that harm the body. Skin goes crinkly and age spots develop – all due to oxidation. That’s what makes apples go brown, leaves change colour and iron rust. In the end, we lose, which is why all oxygen-based life forms have a finite life – and why your brain and body inevitably age.

However, you can not only add years to your life, but also life to your years, by improving your intake of antioxidants and polyphenols found in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.

A study in Finland and Sweden which compared those with a ‘healthy’ versus ‘unhealthy’ diet in mid-life for future risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia 14 years later. Those who ate the ‘healthiest’ diet had an 86-90% decreased risk of developing dementia and a 90-92% decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Some of the benefits come from low-sugar diets, diets high in omega-3 and B vitamins and some from foods high in antioxidants and polyphenols – which we will focus on here.

Your best bet is probably to both eat a diet with a broad spectrum of antioxidants and also supplement them. The older you are the more you are likely to need. Key antioxidants are:

  • Vitamin A, C and E – associated with reducing Alzheimer’s risk
  • Lipoic acid (7) – protects the memory-friendly neurotransmitter acetycholine and dampens down brain oxidation and inflammation)
  • Glutathione (8) or N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC)(9) – protects the brain and improves methylation thus having potential in dementia prevention.
  • Co-enzyme Q10 – protects the mitochondria in the brain from oxidative stress (10)
  • Resveratrol – resveratrol has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties and prevent hippocampal brain damage. (11)

So, what do you need to eat and drink to preserve your memory and protect your brain? Basically, eat a Mediterranean style ‘rainbow coloured’ diet. A Mediterranean diet has more fish, less meat and dairy, more olive oil, fruit and vegetables including tomatoes, legumes (beans and lentils), whole grain cereals than a standard western diet. It also includes small quantities of red wine. There are variations of this kind of diet, called the MIND diet and the DASH diet, but the core components are the same and as researchers drill down we are learning what to eat and drink to keep your mind sharp and brain young, and how much.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Attention olive oil users –
I have GOOD news and some SCARY news for you

First, the GOOD news. . .
There are some healthy reasons why the popularity of extra virgin olive oil is soaring.

It’s a delicious, all-natural superfood. According to independent researchers at Consumer Labs, “In addition to a pleasurable taste, extra virgin olive oil has potential health benefits including reduced risk of coronary heart disease, reduced risk of breast and colorectal cancers, and improved blood sugar control.”

USA Today reports, “Temple University research shows extra virgin olive oil protects against memory loss, preserves the ability to learn and reduces conditions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.”

Extra virgin olive oil also contains zero carbs, making it ideal for millions of people on the popular Paleo, keto, Atkins and other low-carb lifestyles.

But there is another side (the SCARY news). . .
Thanks to the many health benefits of authentic olive oil, demand has soared worldwide. But 100% pure extra virgin olive oil (the highest grade) is expensive, leaving this superfood vulnerable to crooks looking to make a quick buck. Notorious crime syndicates in Italy and elsewhere have been raking in fortunes by creating massive amounts of counterfeit extra virgin olive oils.

NBC News has reported that “fake olive oil is rampant.” The Wall Street Journal adds, “American grocery stores are awash in cheap, fake ‘extra virgins.’” In an explosive exposé, 60 Minutes has cautioned that you face a “sea of fakes” when you shop for olive oil in stores.

How Harmful Can Fake Olive Oil Be?
In his New York Times best-selling book, Extra Virginity, olive oil expert Tom Mueller warns of contaminants and even cancer-causing agents in fake olive oils:

“Italian investigators have found hydrocarbon residues, pesticides, and other contaminants in fake oils, and pomace oil, a common adulterant, sometimes contains mineral oil as well as PAHs, proven carcinogens that can also damage DNA and the immune system.”

It’s critical to ensure your family is getting authentic, fresh, healthy, highest-quality, 100% pure olive oil for their health and their safety. But how do you know?

The Easiest Way I Know to Avoid Olive Oils Made by Criminals
As the experts in the 60 Minutes exposé recommend, you can avoid criminally produced olive oils by doing your homework online. There are many good and honorable farmers around the world who bypass the criminal counterfeiting factories and instead sell their olive oils directly to consumers. Allow me to recommend one for you.

Fall Asleep With Essential Oils

Disrupted sleep is very dangerous. Whether it’s a tough time with worry and stress, workload – or even good things, like celebrations – not falling into a deep sleep causes more than just a tired afternoon the next day.

Sleep disruption is associated with increased sympathetic nervous system activity and causes pro-inflammatory responses.

Even short-term consequences of sleep disruption can include increased stress response, somatic pain, reduced quality of life, emotional distress and mood disorders, and cognitive, memory and performance deficits.

Circadian Rhythm™ by Vibrant Blue Oils is the best way we’ve found to reset your circadian rhythm!

It can help you drift off to sleep more easily at night, stay alert during the day and minimize these health risks. Plus, this blend is normally $84.95!
Circadian Rhythm™ provides powerful, natural support even for great sleepers who face everyday hurdles to deep rest, like travel, allergies, shift work, young children and noisy neighbors.

It contains a proprietary blend of organic, wild-crafted, therapeutic essential oils that are known to support pineal gland function, promote relaxation and induce sleep.

Here are the benefits you may experience:

Natural release of sleep-inducing melatonin
Reset your circadian rhythm to drift off to sleep
Reduce cortisol (that keeps your mind racing)
Detoxify & support your pineal gland
Wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated & sharp
Feel more energetic, clearer and happier
Boost your body’s ability to purge harmful toxins
And more!

Try Circadian Rhythm™ by Vibrant Blue Oils today!

Because health means everything.

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