Hidden in your DNA is a secret weapon the can help reverse memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Normally, as you get older, unless you do something about it, your brain will shrink. This process begins your early 30s and you end up losing up to 25% of your brain volume during your lifetime. This equates to a loss of brain power that results in memory problems, dementia, and your sanity.

The reason is thought to be due to a hidden timer within your DNA that makes your brain cells older and weaker as you age. Thus, as time goes by, your brain cells follow a set “program” that makes them shrink, shrivel and ultimately disappear.

The good news is that you can do something about it. The secret is in preservation of the ends of your DNA molecules, called telomeres. We can activate an enzyme from your DNA to do this which preserves your cells, including your brain cells. This was documented by a Harvard research team with evidence that we can rejuvenate aging brains with this type of therapy.

The team used a special breed of mice created to study the effects of aging on humans. They were the equivalent of humans in their 80s and 90s. After losing 25% of their brain volume, the mice were blind, listless, did not want to have sex, and had hair falling out of their fur. When the researchers gave these mice a compound that preserves telomeres, it improved the volume of the aged mouse brain by 25%.

After receiving this compound for just one month, the very same mice were no longer old. They could see, they had a full, shiny coat, they became more fit, more energetic, and sexual function returned. In addition, their brains had grown back to normal size. In addition, the covering of the brain cells, called the myelin sheath, grew thicker and more healthy.1

The myelin sheath health has a direct correlation with development of Alzheimer’s disease. With age, the myelin sheath get thinner and more vulnerable, plus it is the target of the amyloid-beta plaques that build up in Alzheimer’s patients. Without this sheath, brain signals get dropped or crossed. The Alzheimer’s patient thus can feel confused and forgetful. If we can preserve this sheath, the nerve signals in your brain reach their intended destination in your brain and result in improved function and possibly decrease the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Further evidence supporting telomere preservation of brain function came from the famous Nurse’s Health Study, which continually followed 121,700 female nurses between ages 35 and 50 for more than 30 years. They showed that those with below median telomere lengths had 12 times greater risk of being diagnosed with dementia and 9.6 times greater risk of being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.2

In short, what this data means is that people with longer telomeres have healthier brains. People with the shortest telomeres have a higher risk of developing dementia. Furthermore, it was noted that those with the shortest telomeres had an astonishing 1200% greater risk for being diagnosed with dementia.

We now have the ability to track your telomere length over time with a lab test using your blood. In addition, you now have available compounds that can increase telomere length that may give you the promise of rejuvenation. One such compound is an extract from the herb astragulus. It activates telomerase, which can thus increase your telomere length, and potential improve the health of your body, including your brain. Call us if you’re interested in more information on this innovative new supplement and on other methods to help you preserve more youthful characteristics of your brain and body.

1 Horner J, Maratos-Flier E, Depinho R, et. al. “Telomerase reactivation reverses tissue degeneration in aged telomerase-deficient mice.” Nature. 2011 Jan 6;469(7328):102-6.
2 Grodstein F, van Oijen M, Irizarry M, Rosas H, Hyman B, Growdon J, De Vivo I. “Shorter telomeres may mark early risk of dementia: preliminary analysis of 62 participants from the nurses’ health study.” PLoS One. 2008 Feb 13;3(2):e1590.