One of the easiest ways to promote brain health and reduce your risk of dementia is to strengthen your muscles.
I know upon first glance, this might seem like an odd strategy to support and nourish your cognition…but the link between muscle health and brain health couldn’t be simpler. It’s all about your blood sugar control.
Fortunately, there’s an easy-to-find, meal-time secret that can give your muscle-building efforts a considerable boost, while also helping to regulate blood sugar.
I’m talking about the food supplement: Whey protein.
Meet the master metabolic regulator
So what exactly is whey?
If you’re familiar with the nursery rhyme, “Little Miss Muffet,” you’ve certainly heard of “curds and whey.” Milk protein is made up of 20 percent whey and 80 percent casein — the two basic ingredients in cheese. Curds are the cheese (casein), and the remainder lactose, fats, minerals, etc., make up the whey.
Whey and casein release gastric hormones that slow digestion. Casein draws out the effect over the hours following a meal (also known as the postprandial period), while whey goes to work to begin slowing your food digestion.
Whey also has a very high biological value among proteins, meaning that a large portion is quickly absorbed, retained, and effectively put to use by your body.
Those are the whey basics. And to take a deeper dive into how this superior protein supports your brain health and thought processes, we’ll turn to Dr. Fred Pescatore who highlights whey in his Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Dr. Pescatore reveals that the true cause of memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia is a dysfunctional metabolism. And he adds, “One of the very best foods for regulating metabolism — for losing fat and gaining muscle; for balancing blood sugar; and for relaxing arteries, thereby lowering blood pressure — is whey protein.”
In fact, he goes so far as to call whey protein “an unmatched metabolic regulator.”
Removing a major dementia risk
So what makes whey the king of proteins?
Dr. Pescatore points to its impressive amino acid profile — providing all nine of the essential amino acids in highly absorbable form.
He cites a study that demonstrates how whey is so beneficial to both muscles and the brain. Researchers followed two groups: One group took a whey “cocktail” that combined whey, amino acids, and vitamin D3. The other group took a placebo.
After 12 weeks, researchers recorded five key benefits in the whey group…
- Higher lean muscle mass
- Lower body fat
- Greater handgrip strength
- Better quality of life scores
- Reduced C-reactive protein (CRP)
Of course, that last item is highly significant because CRP is the most reliable inflammation marker, and chronic inflammation is one of the primary drivers of dementia.
But Dr. Pescatore notes that whey also protects your brain by helping your body produce more glutathione — which is often referred to as the body’s “master antioxidant,” and is a combination of three amino acids: Cysteine, glycine, and glutamate.
He explains, “This powerful antioxidant fights disorders like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease by protecting the brain against oxidative stress.
“In fact, a study by Canadian researchers showed that supplementing with whey protein for just two weeks raised glutathione levels by a whopping 24 percent.”
These are just some of the reasons why Dr. Pescatore says, “Whey wins the metabolic triple crown.” That is, whey helps you lose weight, balance blood sugar, and lower high blood pressure — and all three of these benefits help keep your brain spry, decade after decade.
The dessert-like indulgence that benefits your body
Dr. Pescatore notes that among all these healthy whey benefits, one more appealing feature stands out: Whey protein shakes are delicious.
In fact, he says, they taste more like a dessert than a supplement!
And don’t fear whey if you’re allergic to milk. While it’s true that whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained, Dr. Pescatore points out that in his experience with patients, even those with allergies to casein can often tolerate whey without any problems.
That said, he offers two guidelines in choosing a whey protein product…
- Look for one that has 8 grams of carbs or less per serving. (You want protein — not)
- Be sure to choose one without sugar or artificial sweeteners.
And finally, Dr. Pescatore adds this tip: “If you like a thicker consistency, add some ice cubes and mix it up in a blender. You can also add a teaspoon of macadamia nut oil…for a healthy boost of monounsaturated fatty acids. This little trick will also keep you feeling full even longer after your shake.”
You can find more details on whey protein and what to look for in the Resource Directory of Dr. Pescatore’s Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Click here to learn much more about this essential protocol, or to enroll today.