Brain Aging may begin at Age 40

June 15, 2004

A new study in the current online issue of Nature gives evidence that brain aging really begins to kick in at age 40. Before age 40 the brain tends to age at the same rate for most people, after age forty there can be a large variation in the rate and extent of brain aging. In the first 40 years of life accumulating damage to a set of genes, decrease their activity. The slowing down of these genes affects the health and performance of the brain. For some individuals the slow down in brain activity may be greater and more rapid than in others.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

It is never too early to start protecting the brain. I make sure my kids eat fresh fruit, vegetables, beans and salmon, and they take a multiple-vitamin and polyphenolic antioxidants appropriate for their age (Fruit and Herb Antioxidant capsules).

Brain Deterioration Slowed Down by Carnosine and Superoxide Dismutase

L-Carnosine had a powerful effect in protecting rat brain cells from beta-amyloid - the sticky substance that creates the plaque deposits in the brain of Alzheimer's disease patients. Superoxide dismutase also helped protect the cells. The study appears in an issue of Neuroscience Letters.

Commentary by Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

We now have a list of nutrients that help protect the brain and slow down brain aging and accumulating damage to brain tissue. These include:

Any and all of these may have ability to help protect brain tissue.

Turmeric Protects the Brain from Deterioration in Many Ways

Turmeric, the most potent natural anti-inflammatory herb increases levels of heat shock proteins in the brain. Heat shock proteins are chaperones to your brain cells that protect the cells from various types of stress and harm The study appears in the Italian Journal of Biochemistry December 2003.

Commentary - Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.

Various studies show that Turmeric may decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and brain degeneration due to aging. In parts of India where they consume a great deal of curry rich in Turmeric, scientists correlated a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease, In various studies Turmeric protected animals brains from Alzheimer's type damage. Turmeric has antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory activity in the brain in addition to increasing levels of protective heat shock proteins.