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Defying brain and body deterioration - is it possible?

Alzheimer's | Senile Dementia | Coconut oil

 
Products helpful for the aging brain

Ultra Vites
Ultra Omega-Linic
Ultra Monolaurin
An informal discussion by Marilyn Sidwell, owner of Nutrition Pure and Simple
with oversight from John W Jones, MD, MPH
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This topic discusses 3 conditions that are troublesome for the aging population:
  1. Alzheimer’s and
  2. Senile Dementia: the cause and progression of these two conditions are not well understood.
  3. Type III Diabetes (brain specific diabetes)
Help us get the word out!  There are three products from Nutrition Pure and Simple that should be considered for preserving  and possibly reversing (an unknown result of supplementation) your mental and physical health as you age.

#1 - A Multi Vitamin that is easy to digest

There is a lot of well-documented information available about nutritional deficiencies in the elderly.  In addition to genetic composition, the elderly don’t eat well, don’t chew well, don’t smell worth a darn - and for a host of other reasons they are more likely to be malnourished than any other age group.  This is why a superb multi vitamin and mineral formula, such as Ultra Vites should be your first consideration.  You must provide the wonderful chemical factory that you live in with its nutritional needs daily!   This can best be accomplished with a supplement that is easy to digest and use by the body.  You should also focus on sources of high quality protein in the diet.

Recent formula modifications are of especial interest.
  • Did you know that B-Complex vitamins may help slow the progression of dementia and reduce brain shrinkage?
  • Did you know that supplementation with any single B Vitamin is more effective when all B Vitamins are present?
  • Did you know that many people have genetic impairments which compromise the body’s ability to convert the B Vitamins into their active forms? 
The new Ultra Vites uses the active forms of these cofactors which are critical to brain health  Check out our BLOG: Is Your Multi Doing Its Job?

#2 - PRE formed Essential Fatty Acids

The 2nd supplement is Ultra Omega-Linic.  It contains GLA, DHA and EPA.  These Essential Fatty Acids (because the body MUST have them) are deficient in our western diet.  DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is important for neurological structure, and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) is important for function.  Cat scans of the brain show there is loss of brain structure in the aging brain that is even more severe in Alzheimer’s disease.  And tests that show Alzheimer’s also show a definite loss of function.  Some doctors are using an algal DHA for treatment.  Many doctors are using fish oil for treatment. None of the studies we can find are also using GLA (gamma linolenic acid).  BUT - studies show a decrease in Arachidonic Acid (AA) in Alzheimer’s - and GLA is a precursor of AA, another essential fatty acid.  GLA also amplifies the effectiveness of fish oil because it is a precursor of the prostaglandin 1 series.  Consider 4 to 8 capsules of Ultra Omega-Linic per day.

#3 - The Benefits of Coconut Oil

There is a third product that also bears considering: Ultra Monolaurin.  For years monolaurin has been recommended by doctors for colds and flu.  More recent work (some with the CDC) has extended its use to other, more difficult to solve, problems such as MRSA, AIDS and HIV.  It has been used for protazoa infestations and fungus infections.

How does monolaurin relate to the problems of the aging brain? 

That's a good question!

Healthy Brain | AlzheimersA little biochemistry.  The main source of energy for brain cells is glucose.  The source of glucose is carbohydrate.

Recent investigations have shown that Insulin is  produced by the healthy brain.  In Alzheimer’s disease the brain loses its ability to produce insulin and becomes insulin resistant.  This has caused some to call this condition Type III Diabetes.   The brain cells lose their ability to use glucose for energy.  This has the consequence of the cells dying and the brain shrinking.   But brain cells do have the ability to use Keytones for energy if they are available.  When medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are metabolized they form ketones in large amounts.  Coconut oil contains 60%  MCFA.  The very pure distillate of coconut oil, Ultra Monolaurin, contains 90% medium-chain fatty acids.

If you decide to add coconut oil to your diet, be sure that it is not hydrogenated, and that it is Pure Virgin coconut Oil.  Coconut milk and flour are also good additions, as is coconut itself.

There is recent work involving the successful use of coconut oil for Alzheimer’s Disease.   It is thought that the metabolism of MCTs to ketones is responsible for this improvement.  The ability of neural tissue to use ketones as an energy source when glucose is not available, is well known.  One of the benefits of the Atkins-type, low carbohydrate lifestyle modification, is that it also causes ketones to be produced by the body.

As mentioned above, Coconut oil is approximately 60% MCFA.

Ultra Monolaurin is a 90% pure Mono glyceride distillate from coconut oil.  Lauric Acid is the highest MCFA by percentage in Ultra Monolaurin.   In addition, it contains the other MCFAs, Myristic Acid, Capric Acid and Caprylic Acid.   The response is better when all these metabolites are present.

Please Note: Monolaurin (and its companions) is a monoglyceride - not a triglyceride.  Lauric acid (found in mother’s milk and a few other sources) becomes monolaurin in the human body.  

The information below provides rough approximations of the MCFAs in the various coconut products.  
  1. Coconut oil contains approximately 55% MCFA.  Therefore 1 tablespoon contains approximately 5.6 gm MCFA
  2. MCFA content of Ultra Monolaurin: 1/4 tsp = 0.75 gm.  1 tsp = 3 gm.  1 Tbsp = 9 gm

These are the 3 products that are extremely important in healthy aging and maintenance of brain health in particular:  
Ultra Omega-Linic, Ultra Vites and Ultra Monolaurin!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease.

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