Researchers are the University of California at Irvine have just published a study in which mice bred to develop the mouse equivalent of Alzheimer's disease were given doses of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 and the results were amazing on two accounts...

Not only did the mice with Alzheimer's see their memory improve, but even the mice who didn't have Alzheimer's got a brain boost.

As I have discussed in the Alzheimer's Alternative scientists believe that vitamin B3 works on the tau protein that is found in the brains of Alzheimer's sufferers and untangles these clumps. The vitamin also strengthens the microtubules or “scaffolding” along which information travels in brain cells, helping to keep neurons alive and further preventing the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

Vitamin B3 is found in many foods, including chicken, fish, pork, peanuts, sunflower seeds and turkey or it is readily available as a supplement from many health food stores or over the internet (and should you choose that method I would recommend a daily dose of 15-20mg a day).

For those who really want to make dramatic strides in safeguarding their mental faculties watch out for my future articles where I will go into greater depth on the above whilst also giving you new ideas to think about. You can also learn much more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in my new book, The Alzheimer’s Alternative available from www.alzheimersalternative.com.

Reference:

Nicotinamide Restores Cognition in Alzheimer's Disease Transgenic Mice via a Mechanism Involving Sirtuin Inhibition and Selective Reduction of Thr231-Phosphotau. Green, K.N et al. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2008, Volume 28(45), Pages 11500-11510

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Steffan H. Abel D.C. has been involved in Chiropractic and healthcare research for over 20 years. He has run his own successful practice in the north of England for the last 19 years. During which time he has treated over 10,000 patients and given over 100,000 treatments. He has lectured and taught extensively in both Europe and America to students, chiropractors and medical doctors.

He has studied Hypnotherapy, N.L.P. and qualified as a Life Coach. He has also studied various Chiropractic-based treatments (gaining a M.Sc. in post graduate Clinical Chiropractic in 2003) as well as energy therapies such as Seichem and Reiki. In 2001 he became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractors and a Fellow of the Association of Osteomyology and in 2007 became a Fellow of the European Academy of Chiropractic.

In his spare time he spends between 15 and 25 hours per week researching all areas of “alternative” and allopathic healthcare in order to bring the best advice to his patients through his practice and writing. When not working he is to be found enjoying life with Sue, his partner, – whom he loves tremendously!

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