February 24, 2013

Oxidative Stress and Memory Loss

Memory Loss:

For most people over 50, an occasional memory lapse is a normal part of ageing. But sometimes memory problems are a sign of something more serious. When your forgetfulness becomes a concern, it could signal Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI):

As you age, the connections between nerve cells in your brain can weaken and eventually die off.  The change between normal age-related memory loss and a more pronounced memory decline such as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can cause concern.

MCI and Oxidative stress:

Oxidative stress plays a major role in the progression of MCI.  Oxidative stress occurs when the balance between free radicals, which attack nerve cells, and antioxidants, which protect them, are lost.

Oxidative stress leads to two critical changes in your brain.  First, a decrease in neurotransmitters, which your brain uses to communicate. Secondly, a decrease in antioxidants.

Neurotransmitters must stay in balance to maintain normal function and behavior. Acetylcholine is one of the most important neurotransmitters in the brain. It plays a large role in learning and memory. An imbalance in acetylcholine can lead to learning and memory problems.

Glutathione:

Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant. It naturally decreases with age, leaving nerve cells vulnerable to free radical attack and damage. Oxidative stress depletes the body’s glutathione resources and outpaces your ability to replace them.

How Betrinac®helps:

The unique ingredients in Betrinac® provide the nutritional requirements to help the ageing brain restore this metabolic imbalance and decrease oxidative stress in the brain.  By restoring this balance in the brain, memory and learning may be improved.

You can find out more about Oxidative Stress, and how Betrinac® works in this video demonstration:

In our next Blog Update we will look at how Oxidative Stress leads to B Vitamin depletion in the brain.

 

 

 

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