Nutrition and Healing
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  • Scramble up a shield for your brain

    You put an army of Post-It notes around the house… set alerts on your phone… maybe even tie a string around your finger.

    As we get older and our “senior moments” stack up, we need all the help we can get when it comes to remembering life’s small details!

    That’s why I’m glad that the Alzheimer’s Association has named June “Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month” — an excellent “reminder” to pay attention to how frequent those “brain burps” really are.

    Though repeated memory lapses could signal the early stages of dementia, awareness is key — because diet and lifestyle changes can really make a big impact on the disease’s progression.

    And according to a new study, eating more eggs may protect your noggin against dementia-induced damage.

    The study out of Turkey showed that selenium — a trace element and powerful antioxidant found in eggs, Brazil nuts, salmon, shellfish, and meat — can shield your noggin from the kinds of changes that typically happen with dementia.

    Now, we don’t know for certain what causes dementia, but we do know that it’s got something to do with inflammation in the brain and the resulting oxidative stress.

    In the study, the researchers induced dementia in a group of rats and gave some of them selenium and the others a placebo.

    By the end of the study, it turned out that rats treated with selenium showed less inflammation and decreased signs of oxidative stress in their blood when compared to rats who did not receive selenium.

    That means selenium was THREE for THREE in its protective power against the disease!

    The key seems to be the “master antioxidant” glutathione — because if your levels are depleted, you’re more likely to show signs of oxidative stress.

    And guess what else selenium was shown to do in this latest study? Increase levels of glutathione.

    Now, I know you’re no lab rat, but given that the brains of animals and humans actually have a lot of similarities, it’s likely that selenium can have the same effect on your body.

    This antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action is also thought to help prevent certain types of cancer — including liver, breast, prostate, and colon — and it helps the element play a critical role in regulating metabolism and detoxing your body to prevent infection.

    You can easily get more selenium in your diet by eating Paleo-friendly foods that are rich in selenium — like those eggs the mainstream has told you to stay away from.

    Studies show that blood concentrations of selenium decline with age, so you may need an extra boost. If your multi doesn’t include selenium, though, don’t yet go “hog wild” with a supplement of selenium on its own.

    Check with your doc first, since too much selenium can actually be bad for your body.

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