Healthy Brain Function
It seems I meet someone every week who is being treated for Alzheimer’s disease with drugs that supposedly prevent the destruction of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that facilitates communication between cells. According to Dr. Ralph Martens, head researcher in the study of Alzheimer’s disease at Edith Cowan University in Australia, treatment should be directed to reduce the beta-amyloid plaque and tau in the brain as well as preserve acetylcholine. The currently approved drugs by the FDA for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are mostly ineffective. Research has shown that four natural components are even more effective than the current drugs. These components, vitamin D3, curcumin, Spanish sage oil and oil of rosemary work on the various destructive compounds in the brain. Vitamin D3 and curcumin have shown in animal models to reduce the beta-amyloid plaque by 30% in seven days. Spanish sage oil and rosemary oil prevent an enzyme called cholinesterase in destroying the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. They predict this combination may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Bring Out the Best
One translation of today’s simple verse says that “love looks for a way to be constructive.” In other words, love looks for ways to improve someone else’s life. Love brings out the best in other people. Don’t just get up in the morning thinking about yourself or how you can make your own life better. Think about how you can make someone else’s life better. Ask yourself, “Who can I encourage today?” “Who can I build up?” You have something to offer those around you that no one else can give. Someone in your life needs your encouragement. Someone in your life needs to know that you believe in them. I believe God will hold us responsible for the people He’s put in our lives. He’s counting on us to bring out the best in our family and friends.
Are you improving the lives of those around you? Are you pouring confidence in them? Why don’t you ask the Lord to give you creative ways to bring out the best in others? As you sow into the lives of others, God will send people along your path that will build you up so that you can embrace every blessing He has in store for you.
Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for believing in me and always building me up. I ask that You show me creative ways to encourage and build up the people around me. Help me to be an example of Your love in Jesus’ name. Amen.