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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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