Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Why PS supplement may reverse brain aging....
Today's Post:  Tuesday, 1-27-2015
There are many things you can do that can prevent mental decline in one of many ways and a few that actually have tested to reverse it at least in its earlier stages.
But there are two that got my attention with a specific result that showed a very strong effect! 
They both were tested to improve the mental test scores of middle aged and older people to the level of people who actually were 12 years younger!
1.  One was eating blueberries several times a week.  Eating organic blueberries several times a week has two known strong effects to possibly explain this result.  Their very high level of antioxidants may prevent damage to nerves and brain cells.  And, their high level of natural vitamin C and its co-factors and anthocyanins and other phyto-nutrients is known to help prevent strokes or harm from small strokes to the blood vessels everywhere and in the brain in particular.  So when you eat them your nerves get both kinds of protection and seem to also regain some function!
2.  The other is taking a supplement called Phosphatidyl Serine.  Years ago I read of it having that strong a brain protective effect and have taken it since.
The information I got then was that it produced this 12 year performance improvement. And that this was because as cells age their outside membranes get oxidized or otherwise stiff and less permeable which cuts down incoming nutrients and keeps cellular damage inside your cells instead of allowing your body to remove it. BUT, if you have been taking Phosphatidyl Serine, the cells become and remain more permeable and your brain nerves function better.
Here is a quote with this information:
“Phosphatidyl Serine, which has been known for years to shore up memory function as we age and, in fact, was revealed many years ago to actually make your brain 12 years younger. It works by rejuvenating your brain cell’s membrane, which then allows nutrients and so on to get through to your brain cell.
Plus PS, as it’s called, protects against the ravages of stress- induced cortisol damage, which is quite detrimental to optimal brain health. This has all been scientifically proven.”
But it seems that while the protection and results are quite real, and Phosphatidyl Serine may well get those results in part for those reasons, Phosphatidyl Serine may be dramatically even more effective than this information suggests!
Phosphatidyl Serine may ALSO act as a cellular messenger or be the releaser of a cellular messenger that allows for both the removal of completely destroyed neurons AND the complete repair of those neurons that can be repaired.
Here’s that Medical News Today story and a couple key quotes from it:
From MNT 9 January 2015


“Two new studies involving the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia have identified a unique molecule that not only gobbles up bad cells, but also has the ability to repair damaged nerve cells.

Known as the phosphatidylserine receptor, or PSR-1, the molecule can locate and clear out apoptotic cells that are pre-programmed to die as well as necrotic cells that have been injured and are causing inflammation, said CU-Boulder Professor Ding Xue, who led one study and co-authored the other. Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, is a natural process that kills billions of cells in a typical human body each day.

But it is the finding that the PSR-1 molecule also can help reconnect and knit together broken nerve fibers, called axons, that has caught the attention of both science teams.
"I would call this an unexpected and somewhat stunning finding," said Xue of CU-Boulder's Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. "This is the first time a molecule involved in apoptosis has been found to have the ability to repair severed axons, and we believe it has great therapeutic potential." "
[I added the bolding above.  It looks likely that a way to boost both these processes is to take Phosphatidyl Serine. This is because its documented track record suggests it does exactly these two things!]  

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