Alzheimer’s Disease – A Degenerative Condition

Alzheimer’s Disease – A Degenerative Condition

Okay I know what you are thinking. That photo isn’t of Alzheimer’s disease! That’s an episode from The Walking Dead. Yes it is but patients with Alzheimer’s may look similar to that image if you were to put them under a brain scan as well.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease which is caused by accelerated brain cell death. With this brain cell death, patients will experience symptoms similar to dementia. Decreased mental capacity, difficulty remembering, forgetfulness, delusion, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Alzheimer’s is typically genetic and passed down from generations but it is also possible that individuals who do not have a family history of the disease can get it as well.

 

What happens?

If we were to enter the brain at a microscopic level, what we will find is that every thought and action can be linked to a frequency. Every thought has a specific electrical impulse that travel between synapses. A synapse is the gate in which each neuron is able to send a signal across to the other side to perform a certain function. Whether that be a thought, a muscle firing, or allowing an organ to function. The first step of every movement or function is the sending and receiving of an electrical signal. Imagine how we flip a switch to turn on a light in our house. A simple task but if we were to really break down all of the steps from flipping the switch to the light coming on, we wouldn’t believe the complexity involved. In a light switch, there are electrical wires with a ground, positive, and a negative wire. In order for the light to come on, a circuit must be completed. When we flip a light switch, a signal is sent and electricity flows down the wire and then eventually gets to the light bulb to provide light in which the circuit is completed. But if there is an obstacle blocking the power source and the end of the circuit, the signal cannot be completed. This is similar to what happens with patients with Alzheimer’s disease. With the accelerated rate of cell death and the transmission of the electrical signal being blocked, a certain thought or action is blocked and the circuit cannot be completed. This is the reason why Alzheimer’s patients experience similar symptoms to dementia patients.

Many people think that forgetfulness is a symptom associated with age. The simpliest task of association and recognition to an ordinary healthy person versus that of a person with Alzheimer’s is night and day. Most of us would recognize if our daughter came home as our daughter. But to an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s they may think that their daughter is a thief or burglar trying to rob them.  Forgetfulness is one symptom of this condition. Now imagine if a person suffering from this condition forgets how to operate a motor vehicle, or how to use a knife to chop up vegetables. What if someone who lives on the third story of a home with a balcony did not recognize the danger of climbing over the railing?

 

What can I do?

There are many natural ways to improve brain function. A most commonly used ingredient is Ginkgo Biloba. Ginkgo Biloba is derived from the Maidenhair tree that can be traced back roughly 270 million years ago and is used in traditional Chinese medicine for millennia. This ingredient allows for increased blood flow to the brain which allows for nutrients to be shuttled to the brain. Ginkgo Biloba has been shown in several studies to improve cognition and memory. Because of this ingredient’s ability to increase blood flow, it has been also shown to improve circulation throughout the body by aiding in clogged arteries. It can also assist in symptoms of depression as well.

 

Another supplement that is available is DHA and EPA. Otherwise known as docosahexaenoic acid and eico-sapentaenoic acid. DHA and EPA is commonly found in fish oil supplements because it is derived from an omega-3 fatty acid.  This supplement has similar effects and benefits to those of Ginko Biloba by improving neurological ailments and improving vision as well. DHA and EPA are a crucial component of phospholipids in the brain and also aid in increasing the fluidity of cell membranes. These two supplements are one of the most inexpensive but worthwhile ingredients and should be incorporated into any personals daily routine. To get these supplements, click the images below!

 

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