If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), you’re probably not going to like what your doctor has to say about treatment options…
That there aren’t very many.
And while certain drugs may curb a few minor Alzheimer’s symptoms, Big Pharma’s attempts to stop the progress of the disease or to improve cognitive function have all failed miserably.
However, if you’re fortunate enough to have a doctor who thinks outside of the Big Pharma box, I hope they tell you about the most recent remarkable breakthrough in AD treatment.
Researchers discovered this in 2016, and if you didn’t hear about it, don’t be surprised. The mainstream media really only recognizes patent drug advances. In other words, if it’s not a brand-name money-maker, they’re not interested.
The result? Millions of Alzheimer’s patients still aren’t receiving this treatment that could make a profound difference in their progress.
Not only that, but healthy individuals without cognitive problems can benefit from this immune-boosting treatment too.
The crucial connection between your gut and brain
The “secret” to this Alzheimer’s breakthrough doesn’t begin in the brain. It begins in your digestive tract and the colonies of beneficial bacteria—called probiotics—that thrive there.
Natural probiotics in certain foods and supplements promote good digestion and boost immune system function. They also provide key support to the communication system between bacteria in your digestive tract and your brain—known as the gut-brain axis.
In short, a healthy microbiome (the colony of bacteria in your gut) is essential for a healthy brain.
This was illustrated in a remarkable study from Kashan University of Medical Science in Iran. Researchers divided 52 Alzheimer’s patients into two groups. For 12 weeks, one group drank milk daily, while the other group drank milk fortified with four strains of probiotic bacteria.
Before and after the intervention period, researchers took blood samples and conducted cognitive testing with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scale—a widely-used measure of cognitive health.
The results were exactly what major drug companies have been dreaming of for years.
Cognitive scores improved significantly in the group that drank probiotic-enriched milk, while scores dropped in the other group. Blood work also showed a drop of C-reactive protein (a key inflammation marker) in the probiotic group.
These patients weren’t “cured” of Alzheimer’s, but many patients might respond in a dramatic way with the use of high-quality probiotic supplements—especially if those supplements include a unique bacterium strain called Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, or simply ME-3 for short.
Promoting production of the “Master Antioxidant”
ME-3 is in the same family as one of the strains used in the Kashan University study. But ME-3 promotes two highly beneficial actions that put it in a class all its own.
In his Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Dr. Fred Pescatore puts the spotlight on ME-3 due to its ability to eliminate pathogens and other harmful bacteria.
But most importantly, ME-3 boosts your body’s natural production of glutathione—an antioxidant like no other.
Dr. Pescatore explains that glutathione is so powerful that scientists call it the “Master Antioxidant.” He explains, “It’s used by every cell in your body — particularly the cells in your liver, cardiovascular system, and immune system. These cells get a lot of daily wear and tear and require extensive antioxidant support.”
And as an editorial in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease noted earlier this year, levels of glutathione appear to be significantly depleted in the brains of patients with mild cognitive impairment, and in Alzheimer’s patients when compared to healthy older individuals.
But supplementation with glutathione has a catch: Your body can’t absorb it when taken orally. Of course, intravenous absorption isn’t a problem, but might not be the most convenient for everyday use.
Fortunately, researchers recently discovered that ME-3 synthesizes glutathione naturally in your digestive tract. So in the absence of an oral supplement of glutathione, taking ME-3 serves as an excellent “next best thing.”
The secret to probiotic effectiveness: diversity
When supplementing with ME-3, Dr. Pescatore recommends 60 mg capsules per day, but only when taken with other strains of probiotics. When a single strain is taken alone, it can actually end up doing more harm than good.
So he offers this important guideline: “Look for a probiotic with multiple, live strains of good bacteria. But remember — when it comes to probiotics, more isn’t necessarily better. The key is diversity of strains rather than quantity.”
For instance, in the Kashan University study I told you about a moment ago, researchers gave participants these four strains:
- Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
And Dr. Pescatore adds one more note: “A good probiotic should also have its own food supply (known as prebiotics) and bacteriocins to kill off the bad bugs in your gut.”
For Dr. Pescatore’s specific brand recommendations of ME-3, refer to the Resource Directory in his Drug-Free Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In this online learning protocol, you’ll also find many other recommendations for supplements, dietary choices, and lifestyle interventions for superior brain support and the prevention of cognitive decline.
“Effect of Probiotic Supplementation on Cognitive Function and Metabolic Status in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Randomized, Double-Blind and Controlled Trial” Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2016. doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2016.00256
“Cognitive Improvement with Glutathione Supplement in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Way Forward” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2019; 68(2): 531-535. doi: 10.3233/JAD-181054.