Improving brain function

A friend of mine has dementia and I wanted to help her get rid of her memory loss, brain fog, and lack of focus. She is a Chinese person and I believe her dementia was either caused, or exacerbated, by consumption of MSG (monosodium glutamate; also known as wei jing).

MSG is nasty stuff and should be banned by the FDA because of the damage it causes. It is added to many of the foods we eat, particularly in Asian restaurants. It is classified as an “excitotoxin” and can wreak havoc on the brain cells. However, as I watched doctors’ lectures on YouTube, I learned that there were some nutrients that could help to restore brain function. Fortunately, I had most of these nutrients in my cupboard. They not only restored my friend to improved mental function, they made her feel better.

A word to the wise: avoid Chinese or other Asian food if you want to stay sharp and focused. You don’t know what the cooks have done to it.

Here are the nutrients to help brain function. Some of them are powders, which one mixes in water before drinking; others are simple tablets or capsules. These nutrients are widely available on the internet and from different brands. Take your pick.

Acetyl-l-carnitine (1/2 tsp)

DMAE (1/4 tsp)

Niacin (vitamin B3) just the tip of the teaspoon, 100mg

Blueberry concentrate (2 tbsps – to make it taste good)

I blended them together and she drank it. I also gave her the following supplements:

Rhodiola Rosea (1 cap)

Phosphatidyl serine (1 cap)

L-theanine (200mg)

EGCG (from green tea) (1 cap)

N-acetyl cysteine (1 cap, or ¼ tsp of powder)

Vitamin D3 (2 – 5,000iu gelcaps every 4 days)

I also made my friend a cup of coffee, since caffeine is a well-researched brain stimulant. One cup is well tolerated by most people. Drinking fresh green tea is also very healthy because it contains caffeine, L-theanine, and phytonutrients.

In the meantime I continued my research and I have learned a lot. For example, gingko biloba is reported to help memory function, but there is something far better. It is a little-known substance named vinpocetine. It comes from the periwinkle plant and is stronger and more effective than gingko. Many health companies make this available.

By taking these simple nutrients, along with a cup of coffee every morning, my friend’s brain function is closer to normal. I don’t know how her memory is, but she seems happier, sharper, and more present.

If you have a diagnosed mental challenge, I encourage you to watch doctors’ lectures on YouTube. This is free advice, and you have to watch several to arrive at an understanding of what works, and what to avoid. Sometimes doctors will give a lecture in order to sell you their books or supplements. The really good docs will provide good, scientific, information—usually as a lecture to other physicians. Those are the ones to watch. Keep a note pad handy and take write down what they recommend. Then watch more videos for confirmation.

If positive results can be attained without costly (often toxic) pharmaceuticals, that’s the way to go. Health can be restored by taking the right nutrients, and in the correct amounts.

Please do not construe this to be medical advice. I merely reported what I did for my friend and the results she has experienced. You are your own best doctor, and you must be informed. Most doctors do not know very much about the importance of dietary supplements, because they tend to rely on pharmaceuticals.

I recently watched a video of an 83 year-old gentleman who cured himself of Alzheimer’s. He took a prescribed pharmaceutical, but changed his diet and also took supplements with food. He was sharp and alert, without any trace of the condition. He added that, although he had beaten the disease, he would have to take the drug and follow the dietary guidelines every day for the rest of his life. Although any regimen of this kind is wearisome, it’s far better than succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease.

Again, if you have a medical challenge, I encourage you to watch doctors’ lectures on YouTube. These physicians are generally informed and one can gain a great deal of potentially life-saving knowledge.

Russ Mason

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