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1 Cognitive Decline: A Natural Approach Dr. Jonathan Mendoza, DC RN

2 What is Cognitive Decline? Can be age-related deterioration in: ◦ Ability to learn new concepts ◦ Comprehend and interpret language ◦ Inability to solve problems ◦ Memory Loss ◦ Lose train of thought ◦ Confusion ◦ Difficulty with communication

3 Causes of Cognitive Decline Congenital Infection at birth Malnutrition Head injury Stroke Lead poisoning High Blood Pressure Alcohol Vitamin Deficiencies Dementia Alzheimer's Parkinson's

4 Vitamin/Nutritional Deficiencies Studies have shown a link to a deficiency in the following vitamins/nutrients: Vitamin D Vitamin B12 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B9 Vitamin E Omega 3 DHA CoQ10

5 Being Overweight Research presented at the Annual American Academy of Neurology suggests that overeating can double the risk of cognitive decline in persons over 70 Increased caloric intake (+2,000 calories/daily) can lead to oxidative damage leading to structural changes in the brain Restriction of caloric intake throughout life can reduce risk

6 Oxidative Stress Body’s response to physical, mental, and emotional stress that releases free radicals Free radicals cause damage to all components of cells such as proteins, lipids, and DNA Causes neurological damage and has been linked to such conditions as: ◦ Parkinson's ◦ Alzheimer's ◦ ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Also linked to cardiovascular disease that causes plaque formation

7 Oxidative Stress=Inflammation Parkinson's: ◦ Increased methionine sulfoxide reductase; MSR will cause a decline locomotor and circadian rhythm Alzheimer's: ◦ shows 70% loss of locus coeruleus cells that provide norepinephrine ◦ Decreased production of acetylcholine, important neurotransmitter that affects learning, mood, and memory Norepinephrine and dopamine are excitatory neurotransmitters that are important in motivation, alertness, concentration and memory.

8 Parkinson’s Supplementation S-methyl-L-cysteine (SMLC) ◦ Helps reduce oxidation by promoting the methionine sulfoxide reuductases ◦ Found in garlic, cabbage, and turnips Tyrosine ◦ Gets converted to Dopamine CoQ10 R-alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine ◦ Helps produce Glutathione, which contains Sulfur and helps recycle antioxidants Mucuna pruriens ◦ Herb that can help produce dopamine Vitamin E Vitamin B complex Selenium

9 Alzheimer's Supplementation Tyrosine ◦ Converts to Dopamine, which converts to noriepinephrine ◦ suppress A β -induced production of cytokines and their phagocytosis of A β S-adenosyl methionine ◦ Found in almost every tissue in the body; helps production of neurotransmitters Vitamin B6, B9, B12 ◦ Can lower levels of homocysteine Huperzine ◦ Improves cognition, behavior, ADL, and mood of Alzheimer disease patients R-alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine

10 Supplementation for Cognitive Decline Omega 3 DHA Curcumin CoQ10 Astaxanthin ◦ Regulates cytokines Acetyl L-Carnitine ◦ Protects against cell damage and increases muscle mass Dimethlaminoethanol (DMAE) ◦ Production of acetylcholine Revesterol Vitamin D3

11 Food to Help Boost Cognitive Ability ◦ Blueberries ◦ Lean meats ◦ Pumpkin/ Sesame seeds ◦ Almonds ◦ Peanuts ◦ Legumes ◦ Apples ◦ Bananas ◦ Beets ◦ Green Tea

12 Brain Exercises We need to constantly stimulate our brains, after all the brain is a muscle as well. Use your opposite hand to: ◦ Brush your teeth ◦ Use a mouse for the computer Get dressed with your eyes closed Physical exercise-research has constantly shown that exercise produces more neurons in the brain, thus making us smarter and raising our IQ ◦ Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John Ratey Exercise in the morning ◦ Yoga ◦ Tai Chi Learning to play a musical instrument Painting or Drawing

13 Resources _1_cognitive-decline-silent-strokes-stroke-program _1_cognitive-decline-silent-strokes-stroke-program Naturally Naturally

14 THANK YOU!! Dr. Jonathan Mendoza, DC RN Kyle Total Healthcare ◦

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