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Cannabis May Help Rejuvenate An Aging Brain and Ward Off Dementia
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THC has a beneficial influence on the aging brain, reversing the aging process and improving cognitive function, raising the possibility it might be useful for the treatment of dementia in the elderly 18-month-old mice given THC at 2, 12 and 18 months demonstrated cognitive skills equal to 2-month-old controls, while the placebo group suffered cognitive deterioration associated with aging Previous research has also shown low-dose THC directly impedes buildup of beta amyloid plaque in the brain (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s) and enhances mitochondrial function in the brain By Dr. Mercola Regardless of your views on the pros and cons of recreational marijuana, the body of scientific evidence about its medicinal value is getting more compelling as additional research is done. The cannabinoids in cannabis — cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — interact with your body by way of naturally-occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body. In fact, scientists now believe the endocannabinoid system may represent the most widespread receptor system in your body.1 There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system and more, and both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates a cannabinoid receptor. Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids, similar to those found in marijuana, albeit in much smaller quantities than you get from the plant. The fact that your body is replete with cannabinoid receptors, key to so many biological functions, is why there's such enormous medical potential for cannabis. The whole plant also contains terpenes that have medicinal properties. More often than not, medicinal marijuana is made from plants bred to have high CBD and low THC content. While THC has psychoactive activity that can make you feel "stoned," CBD has no psychoactive properties. However, recent research shows THC should not be written off completely just because it's psychoactive. It has valuable therapeutic potential in its own right. THC May Reverse Aging Process in the Brain According to recent animal research,2 THC has a beneficial influence on the aging brain.3,4 Rather than dulling or impairing cognition, THC appears to reverse the aging process and improve mental processes, raising the possibility it might be useful for the treatment of dementia in the elderly.5 To test the hypothesis, mice were given a small daily dose of THC over the course of one month at the age of 2 months, 12 months and again at 18 months of age. It is important to understand that mice typically live until 2 years old. The dose was small enough to avoid any psychoactive effects. Tests assessed the animals' learning, memory, orientation and recognition skills. Interestingly, 18-month-old mice given THC demonstrated cognitive skills equal to 2-month-old controls, while the placebo group suffered cognitive deterioration associated with normal aging. Accordi [...]
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Health Ranger SCIENCE: Horsetail herb prevents Alzheimer's and dementia by removing toxic ALUMINUM from your body
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(Natural News) Aluminum is a toxic metal that damages your brain, accelerating Alzheimer’s and dementia. No wonder the vaccine industry puts it into the vaccines, huh? In combination with mercury, another potent neurotoxin, aluminum ravages the brain, causing permanent brain damage that’s quite literally leading to the Vaccine Rage wave of insanity and mental illness... [...]
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dementia cure? – Chemical found in cannabis may REVERSE the ageing process
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Olivia Lerche DEMENTIA is currently incurable - but scientists have revealed a chemical component of cannabis could boost memory in old mice. Experts said the finding opens up a whole new avenue of future research into the disease. How to spot if someone is suffering from dementia Results published today suggest that THC, a chemical component of cannabis, could improve the learning capabilities of rodents. Experts have said the whole new chemical system, called the endocannabinoid system could be a ‘potential target for new avenues of research which could include illnesses like dementia’. Dementia is a set of symptoms which can include memory loss, difficulty problem solving, thinking and can lead to behavioural changes such as a change in temperament or mood but it can affect people in very different ways. Low doses of THC were administered over a period of 28 days in young - two months old and mature - 12 months old and old 18 months old rodents. The researchers then tested the mice for their memory and learning skills and found that the older mice had their memory and learning abilities restored to similar levels to the younger mice. Future dementia cure: Chemical component of cannabis could improve memory Future dementia cure: Chemical component of cannabis could improve memory They found that these changes appeared to affect the activity of certain genes in the hippocampus, an area of the brain important for memory and learning. However, there is as yet no evidence that THC would be able to work the same way in people. “This study shows that a component of cannabis, called THC, could have a beneficial effect on memory and learning in older mice,” said Dr Doug Brown, director of research at Alzheimer’s Society. “Though an interesting finding, the study does not shed light on the effect of THC on people with dementia, as it only looked at age-related memory decline in mice. “The study also does not reveal anything about the effect of cannabis on dementia, or memory problems in old age, as THC is only one of many chemicals that make up cannabis, and we don’t know what effects the other chemicals might have.“ Future dementia cure: Chemical component of cannabis could improve memory Future dementia cure: Chemical component of cannabis could improve memory Early signs of dementia This new study investigates this in old mice showing signs of age-related worsening of memory function. Dr Michael Bloomfield, clinical lecturer in Psychiatry at University College London and the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, said: “This new, well-conducted study published in the respected journal Nature Medicine investigated the effects of low doses of one of the major active ingredient in cannabis, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), on memory function and brain cells in mice. “It's been known for some time that regular high doses of THC during adolescence, a period when our brains are still developing, is potentially harmful for memory [...]
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Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia
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By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail Boston University researchers found aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener, wreaks havoc on the arteries - as opposed to sugar-sweetened drinks They found a direct link between this damage and dementia or stroke risk The news comes amid a surge in popularity for diet drinks in kids and adults Adults who have at least one diet drink a day are three times more at risk from a stroke or dementia, research shows today. Scientists say they should no longer be regarded as the healthier alternative and urge the public to stick to water or milk. Their study of almost 4,400 adults also suggests diet drinks are more likely to cause strokes and dementia than those full of sugar. There was no link between sugary beverages and either of the illnesses - although the researchers aren't encouraging us to drink them either. The team of scientists from Boston University believe the artificial sweeteners including aspartame and saccharine maybe affecting the blood vessels, eventually triggering strokes and dementia. Boston University researchers found aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener, wreaks havoc on the arteries - as opposed to sugar-sweetened drinks - driving up one's risk of dementia Boston University researchers found aspartame, a low-calorie sweetener, wreaks havoc on the arteries - as opposed to sugar-sweetened drinks - driving up one's risk of dementia Diet drinks account for a quarter of the sweetened beverages market but there is growing evidence they are not as healthy as previously thought. A major review in January by Imperial College London researchers found they were no better at aiding weight loss than full fat drinks. In fact the authors suggested they were encouraging obesity by triggering the sugar receptors in the brain, making us crave sweet food. In this latest study - published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke - researchers looked at 4,372 adults over the age of 45. They had filled in detailed questionnaires on their food and drink intake in the 1990s and were then tracked for ten years. WHAT DOES LOW-CALORIE ACTUALLY MEAN? LOW SUGAR Many believe that 'no sugar added' and 'sugar free' mean the same thing, but that's not the case. The former indicates the manufacturer has not added any sugar to the product. Fruit juices, for example, might boast 'no sugar added' - but if you look at the nutrition label, you'll see that it's pure sugar. Many products labeled 'no added sugar' contain artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. A 2004 study found that when we offer our bodies sweet diet drinks but give them no calories, they crave real sugar even more. LOW SODIUM Many think the majority of salt intake comes from a salt shaker. In fact, about 75 percent of dietary sodium actually comes from eating packaged and restaurant food. Food labels that advertise lower sodium are a good way to help people make more healthful choices. But after that, what we think those labels mean gets a bit f [...]
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Brain training games shown to prevent dementia and improve mood
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(NaturalNews) Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of watching a loved one succumb to the devastating disease dementia will be eager to find a way to avoid suffering the same fate. Dementia remains somewhat of a mystery to doctors and scientists, with no clear cause identified... [...]
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Dementia and Alzheimer's disease overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death in America
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(NaturalNews) When you see a substantial shift in what is causing most humans to die, there are many questions scientists and researchers should be asking – about changes in the environment, changes in the food and changes in the way we treat illnesses (Big Pharma comes to mind... [...]
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Healthy sleep habits reduce the risk of dementia among older people
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(NaturalNews) The pace of life is very hectic for most Americans, so naturally they value their sleep. And yet the quality of sleep many of us experience is often very poor; job worries, school stress, the pressures associated with raising a family, and other situations can weigh... [...]
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Organic blueberries improve brain function and sharpen memory, while lowering risk of dementia
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(NaturalNews) Blueberries are just one of the "superfoods" nature has blessed us with. There are so many wonderful qualities and health benefits to eating more blueberries that they are almost too numerous to count.Besides being packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, research... [...]
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Study Links Benadryl To Dementia And Memory Loss
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With Spring coming, there’s a lot to look forward to. I’m looking forward to getting started with my garden for the year. But that’s also part of what I’m dreading the most. Since I was a child, I’ve had a bad allergy to tree pollen. The runny nose, the itching, the sneezing – I was born with the whole package! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, I’m sure you know my pain. But before you reach over for the Benadryl, there are somethings you should know. Benadryl Linked To Memory Loss Benadryl is part of a class of drug that is understood to have side-effects on memory loss. It has long been believed that these side-effects to the brain were reversible. But that may no longer be the case. A study published in the medical journal, JAMA Internal medicine, presented alarming findings linking the long-term use of anticholinergics like Benadryl with dementia. The study spanned over a decade and covered 3434 people over the age of 65. It was found that 23.2% of participants developed dementia. To put that into greater perspective, many of the drugs included in the study like Benadryl are prescribed for daily use. Even with these findings, the prevalence of these drugs proves to be the biggest hurdle in discouraging their use. So with allergy season coming up, what can you take instead? Instead of reaching over for another allergy medication, give some of these natural remedies a try! Stinging Nettle A study found that 58% of participants had allergy relief when using freeze-dried nettle. Common in [...]
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Alzheimer’s Affects Black and White Brains Differently, Study Says
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Alzheimer’s disease causes deteriorating changes in the brain. But those changes may be different for people of different races, according to a new study released today. Three-quarters of African-American Alzheimer’s patients analyzed post-mortem were found to have a mingling of the plaques and tangles representative of the disease mixed with other signs of disease: stroke-signaling infarcts and Lewy bodies, often associated with dementia and Parkinson’s, according to the study, published online today in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study began in response to several other scientific conclusions suggesting that the disease was more common among African Americans, said [...]
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'Medical Marijuana' Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study
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WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests. In a trial of 50 dementia patients, researchers found that pills ... [...]
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