Lutein and Zeaxanthin Shown to Protect Against Age-Related Cognitive Decline
As we live longer and longer, many of us are becoming more and more concerned that our life-spans (how long we live) will outlast our health-spans (how long we stay healthy).
This very appropriate concern about health and quality of life has led to an explosion of research aimed at better understanding the mechanisms of aging. The hope is that knowledge gleaned from such research will help postpone physical and cognitive decline, extend life, and increase health-span.
Please keep in mind that no single theory can explain all the biological aspects of human aging. That said, two of the most prevalent of the many theories on the aging process are damage to DNA and decreased functioning of your cells’ power stations, your mitochondria. That is why many of our anti-aging, health building, and symptom relieving strategies focus on supplements, nutraceuticals, and lifestyle modifications that combat age-related changes in your genetic code (DNA) and your cellular energy generators – your mitochondria.
One of the most dreaded consequences of aging is loss of mental sharpness and acuity. The overall term used to describe this all too common phenomenon is cognitive impairment or cognitive decline. We at Health Remedies are always combing the literature to identify new ways of protecting that most cherished of all organs – your brain.
As such we were intrigued to discover new research out of the University of Georgia demonstrating that supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin improves cognitive functioning in humans. This recent study was in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and used functional MRI (fMRI) technology to examine how levels of these compounds affect brain activity.
We have known for some time from previous research of the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin on eye health, and now more research is emerging for their benefits on cognition.
Patients and healthcare providers are always seeking prevention strategies and ways to minimize age-related memory decline. Dietary modification and nutritional supplements are key strategies to accomplish this.
In addition to lutein and zeaxanthin, we employ several other compounds that can be used to protect you against the physical and cognitive decline associated with natural aging: NAC, vitamin D, and fish oils (Omega-3-fatty acids).
One way to jumpstart any brain protection program is to get an organic acid test to identify nutrient deficiencies, oxidative stress, and detoxification impairment. In addition, assessing methylation cofactors such as folate and B12 are also important, as these are common deficiencies among people of all ages.
Our best organic acids test - The Optimal Nutrition Evaluation (ONE) -provides insight into disease risk and treatment options by assessing gastrointestinal dysfunction, detoxification and methylation, neurotransmitter imbalance, and the need for probiotics. it requires a single urine sample you collect at home and mail to the lab.
Even if you are eating a "balanced" or healthy diet and taking supplements, your body may still lack vital and necessary nutrition. The easiest comprehensive nutrition test available, the ONE, requires only the first urine sample of the morning. The ONE will help your doctor understand your individual diet and supplementation needs.
This unique profile:
- Evaluates overall nutritional status
- Assesses the functional need for vitamins and minerals
- Provides specific personalized recommendations for supplementation
- Includes an innovative "Interpretation at a Glance"