Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Susceptible To Alzheimer's? Drink This Regularly

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Alzheimer's Can Be Prevented / Delayed With This Decoction

Alzheimer's is a condition where plaques begin to be created in the brain progressively. Once they start forming, there is no stopping them. Yet. The plaques slowly but inexorably smother the neurons in the brain, squeezing them, cutting off all the supply of nutrition to them, till they start dying. From the beautiful network of nerves that hums ever so nicely, managing the functions of living so well, the brain is reduced to a messy tangle of emaciated, dead fibers. As modern medical science continues to search for clues to its etiology and remedy, a stage has been reached where more than 15% of the population over the age of 65 is suffering from this condition.

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To the rescue have come epidemiological observations that certain communities and cultures experience less instances of Alzheimer's than the rest of us. One justification for this protective shield has been attributed to the dietary regimen of these communities, specifically a decoction that their members consume on a daily basis. The decoction involves boiling the leaves of a plant in water, and sipping about two cups of the brew every day. In a laboratory setting, when rats were fed this brew regularly, over a period of time a part of their brain was found to have a significant reduction of free radicals. This part of the brain is involved in learning and memory. Incidentally, this part of the brain is also implicated in Alzheimer's.

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The conclusion that neuro-immunologists have arrived at from this experiment is that regular consumption of the drink made from the leaves of this particular plant can protect the brain from stress caused due to bio-oxidation. It can therefore delay the neuronal damage and the formation of plaques. [The paper describing the experiment has been published in Brain Research, June 2008 edition.]

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The plant in question is Camellia Sinensis, and its leaves go in the preparation of what is conventionally known as Green Tea. Technically speaking, green tea contains a naturally occurring polyphenol: Epi-gallo-catechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which has antioxidant properties. In fact, EGCG is increasingly finding effusive praise from researchers who have been validating and authenticating its role in ameliorating neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and HIV-associated dementia. There is a growing body of knowledge around the therapeutic effect of this molecule. Pharma laboratories have been competing with each other for quite some time to synthesize EGCG, to identify the right molecular structure that has the maximum impact, and also to increase its bioavailability (such as through nano-lipidic particle complexes). Look forward to seeing EGCG capsules, syrups or injections on pharmacy shelves in the very near future.

Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant

For now, the suggestion is to include green tea in the daily regimen. Two cups daily are recommended. Here's one more tip. Do not pour any milk in the cup. For milk reduces the antioxidant properties of EGCG.

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[Alzheimer's disease has not only confounded medical science due to its inexplicable and non-reversible neural degeneration, leading to loss of memory and higher cortical functions in individuals; it has also thrown up important existential issues for metaphysicians. Here is one metaphysical reflection on this condition: "When The Connect Between The 4D And The Ethereal, Shrivels".]

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1 comment:

  1. Great blog, work with people on emotional issues but also reallu recommend taking steps in herbal remedies to work with the biological body - you need to work on both to get that real inner alignment.

    Good post