It is never too late to protect your brain, however; Diabetes AND Alzheimer’s usually develop over a period of years, if not decades, before the very first signs and symptoms occur. Brain starvation occurs in Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Diseases and what most people don’t realize is that the brain manufactures it’s own insulin to convert glucose from the bloodstream into food for survival. When the brain stops producing insulin, it begins to starve. The same thing happens in Alzheimer’s where the brain atrophies leading to cognitive (memory), speech, motor, and personality changes. Diabetics have between a 50% -75% chance of Alzheimer’s Disease (WOW!). So pay attention because the research is quite clear that insulin resistance is connected to Alzheimer’s (no one yet knows how).

The good news is that there are food sources and supplements that can to improve brain function even after damage has occurred. Some of the heavy hitters in this category are: vitamin B-12, coconut oil, phosphatidylserine, acetylcholine, omega 3 fatty acids or krill oil, and a host of others that are specific to individual needs. Heavy carbohydrate diets have been shown to destabilize blood sugar and are therefore NOT good for brain function. A more appropriate ketogenic diet laden with fats and creams produces medium chain triglycerides which has been found to send ketones to the brain directly to produce fuel. It is now thought that ketones are the best source of brain food for Diabetics and Dementia patients. For instance, ketone producing coconut oil is a fat that acts like a carbohydrate without the negative effects on the individual insulin system.

Foods to avoid if you want to keep your mind sharp:
(1) Grains of ALL kinds (even organic). Sorry everyone, I know you like these for breakfast.
(2) Soy. Sorry again. So many people have been misled that un-fermented soy such as Tofu is good. See my previous blog.
(3) Artificial sweeteners of ANY kind including Splenda. A lot of you won’t like this. Aspartame is the baddest of the bad of these products and, although the mechanisms are unknown, studies on animals have shown that Aspartame impairs multiple memory functions, damages hypothalamic neurons, causes brain damage, mental retardation, and brain tumors. Don’t take the chance.

(4) Restrict sugar to 20-30 grams per day (even fresh fruits).  Along with grains, too much sugar is the greatest contributor to Diabetes

Optimize brain health and protect your immune system at the same time by:

(1) Regular exercise

(2) 5-10,000 I.U.’s of vitamin D

(3) Avoid anti-cholinergic drugs (Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter for memory, and certain drugs including broncho-dilators will block its positive brain effects)

If you have wondered if chiropractic nutritional approaches can help you, see a chiropractor or chiropractors. Better yet, see a chiropractic neurologist such as myself, Dr. Scott Brown

Call us today (303) 986-7600 at Brown Chiropractic Neurology for a free consultation! Proudly serving Denver, Lakewood, Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada, Morrison, and Evergreen Colorado (CO).

Denver/Lakewood Chiropractor