Some nonagerians (90-99 years old) maintain superior memory despite brain plaque

Brain plaque known as beta amyloid in the hippocampus of the human brain is considered a hallmark sign of Alzheimer’s disease memory loss.  Medical efforts to reduce brain plaque abound.  But researchers at Northwestern University report they tested individuals in their ninth decade of life whose memory was intact till their death.  [Science Daily Nov 16, 2016]

About 19% of healthy senior adults have the same brain abnormalities as Alzheimer’s subjects.  Some scientists believe up to 30% of Alzheimer’s cases are misdiagnosed. [Medical Surgical Journal of the Society of Physicians & Naturalists Jan 2013]

A review of alternative approaches to treat Alzheimer’s disease has been written by this author. [Knowledge of Health Jun 6, 2014]  It did not address gut bacteria.

Alteration of gut bacteria is now believed to be an effective strategy to reduce beta amyloid plaque in the brain. [Translational Research Oct 21, 2016; CNS Drugs Nov 30, 2016]

In fact, some reports claim Alzheimer’s disease originates in the gut (intestines).[Science China Life Sciences Oct 2016]

It was recently demonstrated that grape seed extract alters gut bacteria in laboratory animals and protects against formation of brain plaque. [Molecular Nutrition Food Research June 2015]

On the other side of the lake as they say it, European doctors prescribe alpha GPC (1200 mg/day) to treat Alzheimer’s memory loss, with greater effectiveness than drugs like Aricept that are prescribed here. [Clinical Therapy Jan 2003] Alpha GPC is available as a dietary supplement in the US.

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