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This Helps Protect Dopamine Producing Cells

“The memory of the feeling at that moment is still so vivid,” Sean recalls. “It felt as if the life completely drained out of my right arm from the elbow down.” A month later, he began to notice reduced dexterity in his right hand. Sean initially attributed these feelings to natural causes.

Eventually though, Sean saw a doctor and diagnosed him with Parkinson’s. “As laid in bed, I thought… How did this happen? What did I do wrong? What caused this?”

Normally, brain cells are protected by antioxidants like this one.

Parkinson’s diagnosis is often confirmed by the loss of dopamine-producing neurons within the substantia nigra portion of the brain. This is mostly due to age, genetic factors and environmental toxins that cause oxidative stress.

That stress causes damage to neurons within the brain.

Our glutathione levels tend to decline with age. Some of that is due to chronic inflammation, stress or diet… but there’s lots of possible reasons for it. 

Ultimately, reduced glutathione leads to far more cellular damage. 

It’s one of the causes of problems such as memory loss, mood disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Fortunately, there are ways to increase your glutathione levels and support your brain health. One of them is taking glutathione supplements, which can provide a direct source of this antioxidant to your cells. 

Studies have shown that easily absorbed glutathione supplements can improve cognitive function, reduce oxidative stress markers, and enhance mitochondrial function in older adults.

That’s why we produce this liposomal glutathione.

It’s basically glutathione that has been packaged within a liposome, which is a little pocket of fat cells. This format not only helps preserve the nutrient but also makes it easier to absorb. 

It’s far less invasive than injections, costs less and is easier to take for those who aren’t able to take tablets or supplements.

Does this Indian spice combat inflammation?

Why This Spice is Controversial Among Some Researchers

There’s a lot of argument these days about the key ingredient in curry. It’s what gives the dish its yellow colour and many studies have shown its potential to reduce inflammation, help the immune system, fight free radicals and help slow disease.

Uncontrolled Inflammation is a big problem as we get older. Most modern doctors believe that low-level inflammation actually plays a key role in the progression of metabolic, heart (1), Alzheimer’s, and neurological diseases.

Yet not everyone agrees the spice deserves all its praise.

While it’s been in use for thousands of years in India, China, Taiwan and Indonesia, much of the benefits claimed by health experts over the years have been hard to prove. 

Some studies saw incredible results in a short period of time, and others saw fewer results. Curious why some didn’t see a difference right away? There’s a really good reason.

That’s because on its own, it doesn’t absorb well in the body. 

It helps to consume it with black pepper (like BioPerine) a natural substance shown to enhance its absorption by 2,000% (2) and take enough to see a difference.

The other challenge is, while it’s commonly found in many foods, you’d have to eat a lot of them to see benefits (3). Still, a trusted old spice like Tumeric is safe and convenient, when taken as a supplement.

Turmeric is actually part of the ginger root family, and ginger is also known to have long-term anti-inflammatory benefits. 

That’s why when our team of scientists, doctors and care-givers discussed making a better Tumeric based supplement, we included these:

  • Turmeric Root Extract – a highly concentrated version of the active ingredient Curcumin.
  • BioPerine – to help boost the absorption of Tumeric itself
  • Ginger Root Extract – to help protect the brain, gut and support healthy inflammatory levels.

Together they help give the best possible natural anti-inflammatory mix for potency, quality and absorption. 

You can see our unique Tumeric Blend here. 

Modern sports teams, arthritis sufferers and many others take it regularly. They trust that it’ll help provide all natural relief without as many side effects as you might expect from non-natural or chemical alternatives.

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6636482/

2 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9619120/

3 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26007179/

Neuro-Health Protocol: Why Some Don’t Get Results

Caring for someone who’s managing a neurological condition is a difficult road. Sometimes it can feel like you’re doing all the right things and still not seeing a change in their symptoms.

While everyone’s body, genetics and situation are different, we wanted to take a moment and cover some of the aspects of Neuro-Health Protocol.

#1. Consistency

Taking the protocol on a consistent schedule helps ensure a consistent supply of the amino acids, nutrients and minerals that help relieve symptoms. That’s why our system is broken up into a morning, afternoon and evening dosage plan.

#2. Dosage

The amount of each supplement needed is different for everyone. Some are only moderately deficient of the amino acids and nutrients and will need less. You can increase the dosage of AAKG daily by two grams per day every day to a maximum level of 18 grams.

Our protocol for following the recommended dose schedule is on this page.

#3. Activity

It’s a good idea to encourage exercise to help stimulate and maintain the muscles. It’s not a good idea for those on the protocol to overdo it though… Even light resistance exercises and stretches are beneficial.

#4. Diet

Some research shows a mediterranean diet can boost energy and help deal with symptoms of neuro-health disorders. The main thing is to avoid foods high in saturated fats, processed foods or those high in sugar. It’s also best to avoid large amounts of alcohol or foods that require a lot of chewing energy.

#5. Supplements

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has put together a list of recommended nutritional supplements for Parkinson’s (and similar neuro-health diseases) for daily use. Most of these vitamins and minerals and in the appropriate dosages for healthy adults are available in Total Health AM

While none of these are a cure, they’re often enough to help slow the progression and put you back in control.

The best thing we can do is increase the number of amazing memories and moments with our loved ones and increase quality of life.

See Our Recommended Vitamin Supplement Here

Can This Flu Fighter Slow Memory Loss Too?

Do We Have Anything More Precious Than Our Memories?

It’s a deep thought, but if you think about it, the precious memories of some of the most emotionally impactful moments of our lives are probably the most valuable thing we have in this life.

Being able to remember your wedding day, or even the first date. Recalling when your children were little, or those special christmases when they’re young and impressionable. If you lose almost everything else, those are what really matters.

If you’ve ever had the gift of spending time with someone who’s starting to see some memory loss, know how incredibly tough that can be.

One of the supplements on our website (Black Elderberry) is well known in the science community as an immunity helper, inflammation fighter and even an antioxidant. Some studies in a clinical trial showed that taking it shaved four days off the average FLU virus in people over 50, for example.(1)

BUT… Studies also show it helps improve memory function!

Some with ALS, Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders often demonstrate symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s, dementia and other memory loss disorders later in life.

The cause of these neurological disorders is unknown but, one thing we do know is they’re all caused by the amyloid plaques that collect between neurons and disrupt cell function. (2)

Could This “Flu Fighter” Help?

What’s exciting is that Black Elderberry was tested in animals with amyloid plaque build up, and their memory improved despite having Alzheimer-like symptoms. (3)

That study is fairly recent (2022) but… we know that the flavonoids in elderberries and elderflowers include quercetin, and are recognized for their ability to protect cells.

So, whether you’re looking for something that helps boost the immune system or something that could help with cognitive function and support the brain naturally, Black Elderberry is a great option.

See Our Concentrated Black Elderberry Here