In Dr. Marc Micozzi’s view, there are plenty of cockamamie, failed theories about what really causes Alzheimer’s disease. But the evidence for one particular cause is rock solid: Chronic inflammation.
And this evidence creates new treatment options for Alzheimer’s.
In fact, recent research has revealed that treatments used to cool inflammation can also help stop the onset of Alzheimer’s. And in his Inflammation-Fighting Protocol, Dr. Micozzi highlights a study confirming this recent breakthrough.
He explains: “The newest research is from a team of Canadian neuroscientists. They found that a daily, non-prescription dose of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or aspirin, can prevent Alzheimer’s disease.”
NSAIDs tend to get lumped together as “bad” drugs—and some absolutely deserve that reputation. But Dr. Micozzi calls ibuprofen one of the few drugs he approves of, but only to a point.
He explains that the Canadian researchers determined that ibuprofen and aspirin only help prevent Alzheimer’s if you start taking them at least six months—and preferably five years—before you show any signs of dementia.
In other words, you’d have to take an NSAID every day to see improvements in your cognitive health. But is that really a good idea?
Here’s Dr. Micozzi’s take on that: “Taking a drug—no matter how ‘good’ it might be—every day for that long doesn’t sound like a good prescription for overall health. I much prefer natural approaches over drugs whenever possible.”
And when it comes to naturally reducing inflammation and treating Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Micozzi believes it all starts in one place…
How your gut switches on your immune response
Dr. Micozzi says that the key to naturally defeating inflammation lies in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. More specifically, your GI microbiome.
Your GI microbiome is made up of trillions of probiotic bacteria—the friendly microbes that live in your digestive tract. And when it comes to inflammation, that’s where all the action is…
A tidal wave of research has revealed that the GI microbiome is linked to every part of our body, including the brain.
Dr. Micozzi cites an exciting new study—published in the prestigious journal Nature—that details how you can use the GI microbiome to safeguard your brain against Alzheimer’s.
For this study, researchers determined that healthy probiotic bacteria in your GI microbiome “remotely” influence your body to respond to inflammation.
Dr. Micozzi elaborates: “As it turns out, the healthy bacteria in your gut send signals to activate immune system cells in your brain. These immune system cells then ‘turn on’ your body’s response to inflammation.
“The takeaway: 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.”
Fortunately, there’s a simple way to prevent brain inflammation—without resorting to any drugs…
Use these tools to protect your brain
Dr. Micozzi believes that properly nurturing the gut-brain pathway is a critical step in preventing cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s.
He points out three categories of food that can help:
- The Brassica vegetable family
Dr. Micozzi notes that these vegetables are particularly potent in regulating the immune response in the brain. Brassica vegetables include arugula, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and turnips.
- Short-chain fatty acids
These fatty acids control inflammation when they’re activated by probiotic bacteria. Foods that promote the natural production of short-chain fatty acids in the body include apples, asparagus, artichokes, bananas, beans, carrots, garlic, and leeks.
Dr. Micozzi explains that probiotic bacteria use this amino acid from protein foods to produce the GI microbiome molecules that travel into the brain and help regulate the immune response, which mediates inflammation.
If you’ve heard of tryptophan, you probably know it as the component in turkey that makes you feel sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s also found in a variety of other foods, including beans, cheese, chicken, eggs, fish, nuts, oats, seeds, and shellfish.
The discovery of the connection between your GI microbiome, your brain, and your inflammatory response is a huge leap forward in understanding how Alzheimer’s develops.
But with the many insights and tips in Dr. Micozzi’s Inflammation-Fighting Protocol, you now have a clear way forward in reducing brain inflammation to keep your mental clarity intact.
“Neuroscientists say daily ibuprofen can prevent Alzheimer’s disease” Science Daily, 3/26/18. (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180326140239.htm)