Taking a couple ibuprofen to treat your occasional aches and pains typically isn’t a problem…
Popping the pain reliever every single day for the rest of your life is.
Ibuprofen will not reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. In fact, it increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. And when you take the PM versions of this over-the-counter drug, it actually DOUBLES your risk of developing this devastating disease.
A recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found a strong link between Alzheimer’s disease and many commonly used medications including Advil PM and Motrin PM — two of the most popular brands of ibuprofen.
And another study found that taking just one Advil PM a day for three to 12 months increases the risk of dementia by 19%. Taking it every day for three years saw a patient’s risk skyrocket to 54%.2
That’s because certain drugs — including Advil PM — can block the activity of an important neurotransmitter in your brain called acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine is directly involved in learning and memory. And blocking it is dangerous…
One recent study found that people who take these acetylcholine-blocking drugs had shrunken areas of the brain linked to memories.3
Pain relievers like ibuprofen aren’t the only pills that block this important brain chemical. Others include drugs for Parkinson’s, depression, blood pressure, insomnia, colds and acid reflux.
- First, enhance your memory with DMAE. Dimethylaminoethanol, or DMAE, works with choline to increase levels of acetylcholine. It can improve mood, increase awareness and attention. It also prevents confusion and brain fog. Studies show 100 mg a day enhances brain functioning and puzzle solving. You can get DMAE in wild-caught fish like salmon and sardines. You can also supplement. For the best results, I recommend 100 mg per day.
- Then, fire up your brain neurons. Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) is an amino acid. It promotes brain health by restoring the function of nerve growth factor (NGF). NGF is a protein produced in your brain. It controls the growth and maintenance of neurons. As you get older your levels of NGF go down. Research shows that the decline in NGF leads to a major drop in the way brain cells perform. And the loss of this growth factor can lead to degenerative brain diseases.6 Acetyl-L-carnitine helps reverse this drop. At the same time, it powers the survival and growth of your neurons.7 Many studies show that patients with mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer’s disease significantly improved after adding ALC. I suggest taking at least 500 mg every day on an empty stomach.
- And take the ancient Ayurvedic brain plant. One of the most effective brain herbs I’ve found is gotu kola. This ancient herb is a brain-boosting marvel. It can help spur growth in brain cells. Animal and cell studies show that gotu kola can trigger the repair of damaged brain cells. It also restores higher cognitive function.8 When choosing a gotu kola supplement, look for one with more of the active components. Select one that is standardized to the asiaticosides or asiatic acid. I recommend 300 mg a day.