Alzheimer's disease

Saffron, vitamin B12 and Hericium Erinaceus can be useful to fight the disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressively disabling neurodegenerative disease with an estimated incidence of 1% in people over 65 years of age; the causes of its onset are not yet known even if several risk factors seem to have been identified such as familiarity, exposure to toxic substances or traumas, old age.

According to a study published in the journal Current Alzheimer Research and conducted by a group of researchers at Temple University of Pennsylvania, also excessive consumption of foods high in amino acid methionine such as beans, eggs, garlic, lentils, onions, red meat, fish yogurt and seeds would help increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

This is because, as Domenico Praticò explains, one of the researchers who participated in the study, when methionine reaches high levels, our body regulates it by transforming it into another amino acid called homocysteine ​​for which previous studies on human beings have already shown a responsibility in ‘onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

It seems to be useful an integration of the diet with saffron, vitamin b12 and hericium erinaceus

  • Saffron

The famous spice used since ancient times to give flavor to many dishes, seems to contain in itself therapeutic properties that could prove effective in the fight against various brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

The antioxidant properties of saffron, whose scientific name is Crocus sativus, a plant belonging to the family of iridaceae, have been known for a long time, as is the action of the crocina, carotenoid which gives its characteristic orange color to saffron, and safranale, spice that gives the saffron its unmistakable aroma, play to protect the body from the action of free radicals that cause initially cell damage and later can generate various diseases. Its beneficial properties for brain health have been the subject of debate among dozens of world-renowned Greek and foreign scholars during a recently organized meeting in Athens.

The benefits of the antioxidant action of saffron were illustrated by Professor Moschos Polissiou of the University of Agriculture of Athens who recalled how the substances contained in saffron can protect and revitalize the cells, improve blood circulation in particular in the brain tissue and the memory, reduce various cardiovascular disorders and control the growth of cancer cells that can form in the brain, as well as reduce the damage caused by brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

  • Vitamin B12

The science of nutrition is really taking giant steps and every day we discover something more to treat or prevent very serious diseases, just like Alzheimer’s. According to a recent study by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, vitamin B12 could be a portentous antidote. The research lasted 7 years has allowed us to verify the role of this vitamin.

271 Finnish volunteers aged 65 to 79 were tested, healthy at the start of the research, 17 of whom developed senile dementia during the study. Participants were periodically subjected to blood tests to analyze vitamin B12 levels and homocysteine ​​(an amino acid associated with vitamin B12) whose excessive levels are linked to adverse effects on brain health (including stroke).

The focus of the research has verified that for each micromole of homocysteine ​​the risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases by 16%, while for each additional picomole of the active form of vitamin B12 the risk is reduced by 2%.

Vitamin B12
  • Hericium Erinaceus

A rare mushroom, considered a delicacy, it resembles a lion’s head. It develops preferably on oak trees still alive, or on beech, walnut, plane trees and other broad-leaved trees. It grows on the trunk at a height of about 3-4 meters. The fruiting body resembles the head of a lion, which is why in Asia it is called a lion’s head.
The presence of a substance similar to NGF stimulates myelin synthesis and the reconstruction of nerve fibers. Its effects on the nervous system are multiple and complex; its use is useful in the treatment of anxiety, stress, mnemonic deficits and insomnia.

Clinical studies have found encouraging results in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

This mushroom contains many minerals (Potassium, Zinc, Iron, Germanium, Selenium, Phosphorus), all essential amino acids, immunomodulating polysaccharides (ß-glucans) and antitumor effect (FIII – FIII2b), ericenones, erinacins and a factor similar to the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). It is a fungus that works mainly on tissues of ectodermal derivation (mucous and nervous system).

It possesses a group of bio-active substances, hericenon A, B, C, D, E, which induce the production of the stimulating factor of the growth of nervous tissue (NGSF) compound capable of stimulating the regeneration of severely damaged brain neurons but still alive .

Hericium Erinaceus​

In Conclusion

The Alzheimer’s patient lives a continuous stress condition because he realizes that he can no longer do what he did before, he can no longer be what he was before simply because he forgets it and in the initial phase he is aware of this. To help fight Alzheimer’s consequences is also important to become aware as soon as possible that any logical explanation of the patient’s behavior is useless; try to create a climate of serenity especially in the family; warn the neighborhood; place the home address and a telephone number in the patient’s pocket; always support the patient giving him the certainty that you are listening to him; be aware of the fact that the person in front of you no longer exists but is present and listens to you.

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Sarah O'Connor

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Natural remedies for those suffering from insomnia

In reality, insomnia should be considered a real disease from which to heal, as those who sleep little and badly have problems

With the arrival of the sunny season, the days get longer and changes to the rhythms of our body start happening. The sun peeks out until late in the evening, and so you go to sleep later and rest less. It’s all fine for some, but worse for those already suffering from sleeping trouble.

It is a problem for many, however, a great part of them show a certain resistance to treatment, considering insomnia a non-serious disorder mostly because they are afraid of drug dependence.

In reality, insomnia should be considered a real disease from which to heal, as those who sleep little and badly have problems of concentration and efficiency during the day and is statistically proven to get sick more easily. Cortisol, in fact, a hormone that defends our body, is produced, above all, during deep sleep.

So, what are the remedies to deal with the night sleep in the right way? And to avoid irregular nights?

 Here are some rules 

  1. Avoid long afternoon naps, it is better not to doze on the sofa, or at least if needed, just “a quick one”.
  2. Go to bed only if you are tired.
  3. Better always wake up at the same time, even on weekends.
  4. Do not keep material regarding work or study in the bedroom.
  5. Try to eat foods that promote or improve sleep, such as yogurt, cereals, eggs, fish, potatoes, bananas and apricots.
  6. It is preferable to dine with light foods to not weigh down the digestion, even fasting is harmful because the released gastric juices could create acidity.
  7. Do not practice sport activities before going to bed.
  8. Drink herbal teas that facilitate relaxation.

 Help from your diet 

There are foods that promote sleep, because they stimulate the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that facilitates relaxation.

The last meal of the day then must be light. In fact, difficult digestion is one of the main causes of insomnia.

 What to eat 

Lean meat, fish and boiled eggs, legumes, fresh cheeses and yogurt.

These are foods rich in proteins that lengthen the duration of deep sleep. Lettuce, radicchio, garlic and onion, foods rich in substances that help the body falling asleep.

 What to avoid 

Those rich in caffeine, like coffee, tea, or chocolate. Say no also to those aliments containing sodium like pretzels and chips.
Avoid overdoing with pepper, paprika and curry.

tired men

A good tip…
Avoid fats and fried foods, they have always been difficult to digest. Say no to midnight snacks, eating late certainly does not help the digestive process. Reduce stress and anxiety

The number of people suffering from insomnia increases every year. And this because our sleep has always been influenced by our daily worries, our emotions, our mood. Problems at work, stress to deal with every day, family quarrels, unresolved heart issues, lurking depression. These are just some of the many causes that can affect the rhythm of sleep and cause insomnia.

Anxious people struggle to fall asleep, the depressed instead suffer from morning insomnia.

Not sleeping properly is not good for the health and overall wellbeing, because the immune system weakens, increasing the risk of infections, decreases memory and the ability to concentrate.

Rest at night and above all do it good not only to recharge the batteries but also to better meet the commitments throughout the day.

Therefore, it is imperative to aim to reduce the stress of everyday life. Stress in small amounts helps overcome obstacles, but if it becomes chronic it creates serious problems.
So learn to breathe, give space to emotions, maybe subjecting yourself to yoga sessions or breathing exercises during the day, cutting out spaces for you, begin to set limits.

Stress can increase even more when the evening comes and, despite being tired and exhausted, you can not close your eyes.

trying to sleep


No smoking

Before going to bed, it would be better not to smoke. Nicotine, in fact, is a strong stimulant that leads to fragmentation of sleep, especially the phases of deep sleep, considered the most important for rest.
It is shown that smokers come to take even an hour before falling asleep, while non-smokers take five to 15 minutes.

Smoking causes insomnia but is the primary cause of chronic bronchitis, is closely related to cerebrovascular disease, is the cause of nearly 2 million cancer deaths in developed countries. Furthermore, smoking also negatively affects other chronic diseases. Among these: osteoporosis, arterial hypertension, asthma and skin aging.

Reduce alcohol intake

It is also important not to overdo with wine or other alcoholic drinks. At first alcohol seems to have a relaxing effect, in a second moment, after a few hours, there is the “rebound effect” consisting of a state of excitement associated with lack of sleep. In addition, excess alcohol in the body causes tachycardia, (a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) in which the heart beats faster than normal while at rest), thus preventing the body and the mind to relax and fall asleep.

In conclusion

Hopefully you will get better by using the principles of a good diet and some good habits, however if this is not the case for you and insomnia is not occasional, despite the fact that you have followed a course of natural remedies, then perhaps it will be best to contact a specialist who will help you to find out the causes of your disorder.

Let me know in the comments below.

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Mirko Francioni
Mirko Francioni

Mirko is for people who knows him well a true motivator and inspirer. He has been the driving force in projects such as a wellness center in Thailand, a corporate on-line travel agency and membership club with over 120,000 members worldwide. Mirko has created a strong professional reputation as one of the leaders in the hospitality and fitness & recreation industries.​

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