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Article by Lyn Craven

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Lyn Craven Lyn Craven - ND. DMH. DRM. DBT. DPT. Reg. Trainer Cert IV
Specialising in all Female Health & Reproductive Disorders, Digestive/Bowel problems, Chronic Backache, RSI, carpel tunnel,
Stress management, Natural healthy vision and support for Glaucoma
Corporate Health Consultant - Naturopath
Advanced Bowen Therapist, Reiki/Energy Practitioner
Meditation Facilitator & Freelance writer.
Bondi - Sydney
Australia 2000
0403 231 804

Aging with Clarity               

Like all things in life and the rest of your body, your brain naturally goes through an aging process.  Depending on your lifestyle, diet and genetics some people find their brain ages more quickly than others.  It is important to be aware of nutrients that have a preventative measure against degenerative aging disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia along with cardiovascular, endocrine and healthy digestive function which all contribute to healthy brain.

This is an extensive subject, however this article will help bring everyone’s attention to vital choices necessary, in order to maintain a healthy functional brain.

The adult brain will and can heal itself if supported wisely since adult neurons do have the ability to re grow if provided with appropriate sustenance in form of vital nutrients.

The hippocampus is one part of the brain that age’s quickly in middle age and is a part of the limbic system which is important for long term memory and spatial navigation.  It is located in the medial temporal lobe of the brain.

In Alzheimer’s the hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain that suffers damage resulting in poor memory and disorientation.  Any damage here could be due to oxygen starvation, viral encephalitis or epilepsy.  Extensive hippocampal damage may result in amnesia which causes inability to form/retain new memories.

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin – a protein which in humans is encoded by the BDNF gene.  BDNF promotes molecules which play a role in growth, development, maintenance and function of several neuronal systems.

BDNF concentrations in the hippocampus decline significantly in mid age and therefore become more vulnerable to oxidative and exitotoxic injury.

Neurodegeneration which is associated with Alzheimer’s begins in middle age often several years before diagnosed.  That is why it is important to maintain healthy brain function in younger years with fresh food diet, avoidance of adulterated foods and beverages, ingesting toxic substances and reducing exposure to a vast array of chemicals.

Start now!

Ø  Maintain a healthy gut function, assimilation and absorption of essential nutrients, and seek assistance for any repetitive symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, reflux, any bowel problems.

Ø  Do not over-eat; research indicates that calorie restriction can protect the central nervous system, also prolonging lifespan.

Ø  Eliminate cane sugar and artificial sweeteners which interfere with insulin and healthy pancreatic function.

Ø  Maintain a healthy liver

Ø  Reduce stress and re assess your lifestyle

Ø  Cultivate a healthy immune system as preventative measure against viral/bacterial attack.

Ø  Target your cholesterol if high, and work towards reducing.

Ø  Exercise daily, and maintain healthy cardiovascular/circulatory function, this in turn helps preserve cognition.  Hypertension (high blood pressure) causes progressive brain damage.  Exercise encourages the brain to grow!

Ø  Learn something new, stimulate your intellect!  Set yourself a challenge.

Ø  Maintain healthy balanced hormones.  Herbal medicine and homeopathy assist during times of peri-menopause and andropause (male menopause), since fluctuating hormones contribute to depression, anxiety, reduced vitality and brain function.  Oestrogen and progesterone help in BDNF activity.  Testosterone is vital for balancing moods, vitality and protects against Alzheimer’s.

Ø  Support your adrenals.  Middle age people often discover their stamina lessens and they cannot exercise to the extent they did in earlier years without feeling exhausted later.  Do not overtax your adrenals. Stressed adrenals are associated with cognitive impairment, learn to observe your limits and work within them irrespective of what others are doing.

Foods/nutrients for brain health:

Good quality protein, lean meat (ideally pasteurised beef), poultry, eggs, (free range), fish (wild – not farmed), deep sea and cold fresh water, in particular fatty fishes; salmon, trout, tuna, sardines, mackerel, herring.

Choose fish before meat.

Fresh vegetables and fruit

Omega 3 oils, including Cod liver oil.

High complex carbohydrates (avoid refined carb's such as white flour, sugar, white rice or confectionaries with cane sugar, additives and artificial sweeteners added).

Limit alcohol.  Red wine contains resveratrol an antioxidant protective for the brain.  However, to obtain the amount you need daily you would have to consume more wine than is appropriate for liver health. One glass a daily is fine.

Resveratrol supplements, B complex, specific minerals, digestive enzymes.

If in doubt, always see a professional naturopath for advice which will ensure you obtain the correct remedies for your personal dietary requirements.  Functional lab tests can be arranged that offer a broader perspective on any mineral deficiencies that could be present which aides in correcting endocrine function and balance of hormones.

I offer skype/phone consults for those who are unable to see me in my clinic.  I do incorporate Bowen therapy with most naturopathic consults.  Please contact me to arrange a time.

Lyn Craven.  ND. DMH. BT. Food/Enzyme Therapist.  Contact 0403 231 804 or  Website:





12 Apr 2014

Article/Information supplied by Lyn Craven

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.