When you control inflammation, your whole body works better — including your brain.
That was the conclusion Johns Hopkins researchers landed on in a brand new study. And even though this is a sound recommendation for keeping your memory intact through the passing years, it fails to disclose the most important insight: How to curb this chronic inflammation.
Fortunately, it’s easier than you’d think…
An effective dementia preventive
High blood pressure is widely regarded as a primary risk of cognitive decline. But as the Hopkins team reveals, inflammation appears to be the more concerning red flag when it comes to memory loss.
The researchers analyzed data collected from more than 12,300 people who participated in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study (ARIC).
Over a 20-year period, doctors performed three different cognitive assessment tests on participants. Throughout this period, blood samples were screened for inflammatory biomarkers.
Results showed that elevated inflammation composite scores or high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP — a key inflammation marker) predicted a higher risk of cognitive decline, especially in memory.
The Hopkins team believes their results show that inflammatory effects have more influence on reduced cognition than hypertension.
One leading expert (who was not a part of this study) told Medpage Today that systemic infection and inflammation are common as people get older. And she added, “Treating systemic inflammation while monitoring CRP changes in the middle-aged and elderly could be an effective prevention for dementia.”
The missing link in memory loss
And the Hopkins results come as no surprise to Dr. Marc Micozzi. In his Protocol for Eliminating Deadly Inflammation, he calls chronic brain inflammation “the missing link in memory loss and Alzheimer’s.”
But to understand how this works, he says, it’s essential to understand the connection this link has to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. More specifically, Dr. Micozzi notes that probiotic bacteria — the friendly microbes that live in the GI tract — are vitally important in controlling chronic inflammation.
This bacterial community is called the GI microbiome, which is linked to each one of your bodily systems, including your brain.
And now, according to Dr. Micozzi, an exciting new study demonstrates how we can use our understanding of the relationship of inflammation and the GI microbiome to protect against memory loss and Alzheimer’s…
He cites an investigation by an international team of researchers that shows how healthy gut bacteria can activate immune cells in your brain. These cells then “turn on” your body’s response to inflammation.
Dr. Micozzi sums it up, saying, “Regulating and balancing your body’s response to inflammation is vital for a properly functioning brain.
“When your body’s control of the inflammatory response is poor, white blood cells attack the brain, causing inflammation. And if you have chronic brain inflammation, you’re more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.”
Nurturing your “gut-brain pathway”
Fortunately, preventing brain inflammation isn’t as difficult as you’d think…
Dr. Micozzi notes that three types of food properly nurture the “gut-brain pathway,” which ensures that your brain won’t overreact to immune provocation, preventing cognitive decline.
Here’s what he has to say about these three essential foods:
- The Brassica vegetable family is particularly potent in regulating the immune response in the brain. Brassica vegetables include foods like arugula, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and turnips.
- Short-chain fatty acids, activated by probiotic bacteria, can control inflammation. Foods that promote the natural production of short-chain fatty acids in the body include apples, asparagus, artichokes, bananas, beans, carrots, garlic, and leeks.
- Tryptophan is an amino acid from food proteins. Probiotic bacteria in your gut uses tryptophan to produce the GI microbiome molecules that travel into the brain and help regulate the immune response, which mediates inflammation. You may recognize tryptophan as the substance in turkey that makes you feel drowsy after Thanksgiving dinner. It’s also found in other foods, including beans, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, nuts, oats, seeds, and shellfish.
When you combine this shopping list with the other valuable insights that Dr. Micozzi offers in his Protocol for Eliminating Deadly Inflammation, you’ll have a clear path to reducing brain inflammation to keep your mental clarity sharp, well into your golden years. Click here to learn more about Dr. Micozzi’s brain-saving, pain-reducing protocol, or to enroll today.
“Systemic inflammation during midlife and cognitive change over 20 years” Neurology 2019; DOI: doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000007094
“Midlife Inflammation Tied to Steeper Memory Decline” MedPage Today, 2/13/19. (medpagetoday.com/neurology/dementia/78006?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2019-02-14&eun=g1217945d0r&pos=&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OLD%20Daily%20Headlines%20Email_TestA%202019-02-14&utm_term=DHE_OldTemplate_TestA_012019)