Presentation on theme: "Cognitive Decline: A Natural Approach"— Presentation transcript:
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 conceptsComprehend and interpret languageInability to solve problemsMemory LossLose train of thoughtConfusionDifficulty with communication
3 Causes of Cognitive Decline CongenitalInfection at birthMalnutritionHead injuryStrokeLead poisoningHigh Blood PressureAlcoholVitamin DeficienciesDementiaAlzheimer'sParkinson's
4 Vitamin/Nutritional Deficiencies Studies have shown a link to a deficiency in the following vitamins/nutrients:Vitamin DVitamin B12Vitamin B6Vitamin B9Vitamin EOmega 3 DHACoQ10
5 Being OverweightResearch presented at the Annual American Academy of Neurology suggests that overeating can double the risk of cognitive decline in persons over 70Increased caloric intake (+2,000 calories/daily) can lead to oxidative damage leading to structural changes in the brainRestriction of caloric intake throughout life can reduce risk
6 Oxidative StressBody’s response to physical, mental, and emotional stress that releases free radicalsFree radicals cause damage to all components of cells such as proteins, lipids, and DNACauses neurological damage and has been linked to such conditions as:Parkinson'sAlzheimer'sALS (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 rhythmAlzheimer's:shows 70% loss of locus coeruleus cells that provide norepinephrineDecreased production of acetylcholine, important neurotransmitter that affects learning, mood, and memoryNorepinephrine 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 reuductasesFound in garlic, cabbage, and turnipsTyrosineGets converted to DopamineCoQ10R-alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitineHelps produce Glutathione, which contains Sulfur and helps recycle antioxidantsMucuna pruriensHerb that can help produce dopamineVitamin EVitamin B complexSelenium
9 Alzheimer's Supplementation TyrosineConverts to Dopamine, which converts to noriepinephrinesuppress Aβ-induced production of cytokines and their phagocytosis of AβS-adenosyl methionineFound in almost every tissue in the body; helps production of neurotransmittersVitamin B6, B9, B12Can lower levels of homocysteineHuperzineImproves cognition, behavior, ADL, and mood of Alzheimer disease patientsR-alpha-lipoic acid and acetyl-L-carnitine
10 Supplementation for Cognitive Decline Omega 3 DHACurcuminCoQ10AstaxanthinRegulates cytokinesAcetyl L-CarnitineProtects against cell damage and increases muscle massDimethlaminoethanol (DMAE)Production of acetylcholineRevesterolVitamin D3
11 Food to Help Boost Cognitive Ability BlueberriesLean meatsPumpkin/ Sesame seedsAlmondsPeanutsLegumesApplesBananasBeetsGreen Tea
12 Brain ExercisesWe need to constantly stimulate our brains, after all the brain is a muscle as well.Use your opposite hand to:Brush your teethUse a mouse for the computerGet dressed with your eyes closedPhysical exercise-research has constantly shown that exercise produces more neurons in the brain, thus making us smarter and raising our IQSpark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by Dr. John RateyExercise in the morningYogaTai ChiLearning to play a musical instrumentPainting or Drawing
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