Brain Health: Brain Inflammation

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Brain Health: Brain Inflammation

The human brain seems to develop a state of chronic low-grade inflammation after a number of decades of life.34 The ravages of free radical accumulation become detectible with increasing age. In this state, the chemical messages being exchanged by the activated immune system of the brain have the side-effect of occasionally interfering with neuronal function.35 Therefore, the dietary agents that help modulate free radical production, contained within fruits and vegetables, and fish, in particular, may be useful in helping your brain ward off some of the influences that could be contributing to its accelerated aging. Adding several brain health boosters to your daily regimen, in the form of dietary supplements, can provide further support in your quest to protect the fundamental functions of the brain throughout life.

Brain Health Boosters

  • B-Vitamins
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • N-Acetylcysteine
  • Fish Oils
  • Phosphatidylserine
  • Ginkgo biloba leaf extract
  • Glycerophosphocholine (GPC)
  • Choline
  • Vinpocetine
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin C
  • Quercetin
  • Resveratrol
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Carotenoids
  • Pycnogenol
  • Fruits and Vegetables

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Blood Sugar – Healthy Support for Optimal Levels

References:
34. Chang RC, Chen W, Hudson P, Wilson B, Han DS, Hong JS. Neurons reduce glial responses to lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and prevent injury of microglial cells from over-activation by LPS. J eurochem 2001;76:1042-1049.
35. Stella N, Estelles A, Siciliano J, Tence M, Desagher S, Piomelli D, Glowinski J, Premont J. Interleukin-1 enhances the ATP-evoked release of arachidonic acid from mouse astrocytes. J Neurosci 1997;17:2939-2946.


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