Melissa Bistricer, RDN dives into the benefits of our Circulation Health Program and other beneficial activities for your circulatory system.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
There have been amazing discoveries about our brain that clearly affect ongoing good memory functions. But now there have been further discoveries on how we can improve these functions in the brain and ensure a better functioning memory, hopefully deep into old age.†
Important findings on the brain
One important discovery we can look at is the glymphatic system. This is how the brain detoxifies itself. It was discovered around 1985, but recently, it has been discovered that we can improve glymphatic function. This is very important because the ability to detoxify your brain declines with age.†
A second major discovery in the 1980s was that we release something at night while you sleep called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This is really important because we now know that it seeds the brain with new, well-functioning memory cells. The ability to improve this, though, has just been discovered in the last ten years.†
Lastly, we have the blood-brain barrier. This is a barrier that protects your brain from toxins and things that do not belong in the brain. This was discovered over a hundred years ago, but the possibility of repairing it was only discovered recently.†
Studies on memory and brain health
Studies have shown that there are nutrients that may help to bolster and improve these important aspects of the brain.†
When we look at the glymphatic system, for instance, we can look at a study that was done on patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers noted that the brain undergoes a period of inflammation that causes the brain to swell. This, in turn, can make it more difficult to wash toxins from the brain, allowing for toxins to build up and destroy brain cells. They also found that resveratrol may be beneficial in supporting people with this issue. Other nutrients that have been shown to help restore glymphatic activity include a well-absorbed turmeric and green tea.†
Other studies also show that fish oils, especially krill oil, can help people without Alzheimer’s disease support brain health and the glymphatic system. Krill oil also has phospholipids that are important for brain health.†
The next discovery is about rebuilding the brain. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is needed to help with the creation of new memory cells, but the release of this substance declines with age. Some studies have shown that the mineral zinc can help to restore the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in people with metabolic syndrome. Across the entire population, a well-absorbed curcumin can do the same.†
In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses important findings about the brain that are relevant to memory health. He explains how these important aspects of the brain were discovered and provides recommendations for nutrients that can help support overall brain health and memory function.†
- The function of the glymphatic system
- Studies looking at Alzheimer’s patients
- Why is sleep so important for the brain?
- What is cognitive reserve?
- Details on the blood-brain barrier
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Many people face mild cognitive impairment that can impact their memory, ability to learn and more. The good news is that there are nutrients that can help.
As we age, we lose phosphatidylserine, a nutrient that is crucial for learning and memory. This can impact our memory, mood and brain health.
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
B vitamins play a really important role when it comes to supporting energy levels, metabolism, heart health, brain health and so many more systems that are crucial for the everyday functions of the human body. One specific B vitamin is often overlooked in terms of its overall importance and that is Vitamin B6.†
What is Vitamin B6?
We know Vitamin B6 as pyridoxine. This nutrient is incredibly important to so many different functions in our everyday life. Pyridoxine is required for more than 160 enzyme-driven reactions in the body and this can affect things from amino acid transformation to the synthesis and breakdown of different neurotransmitters. It can also impact cellular energy production, the immune system and methylation reactions in the body.†
Getting enough pyridoxine
We usually obtain an adequate amount of Vitamin B6 when it comes to our food sources, including foods such as chicken and peanuts. However, many people are starting to show insufficient or deficient levels of this nutrient, often due to the Standard American Diet. Low levels of Vitamin B6 can be incredibly problematic when we think about all of the different health implications. Studies have linked low levels of pyridoxine to issues such as depression, anxiety, inflammation and more.†
Supplements can help to boost your blood levels of Vitamin B6. Additional studies have shown that supplementing with this nutrient can help support heart health and proper inflammatory responses. Research has also shown that pyridoxine can target harmful end products from glycation that can impact eye health, skin health, memory and more.†
In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses the importance of Vitamin B6, as well as how risky a deficiency in this nutrient may be. She shares several clinical studies demonstrating the many problems associated with pyridoxine deficiencies, as well as the potential benefits that may accompany supplementation.†
- The importance of obtaining B vitamins
- Foods that are rich in pyridoxine
- The risks of B6 deficiency
- Studies on Vitamin B6 supplementation
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