MENTAL HEALTH

Many people think that mental abilities are bound to weaken as time passes but old age is not necessarily accompanied by the gradual deterioration of intellectual capabilities.
According to a fresh study involving thousands of people, the performance of those following a diet rich in antioxidants was more protected against mental decline than the group of people consuming less antioxidants.

Q10 against mental illnesses of old age

One of our most excellent and versatile antioxidants, Q10, which is offered in a high dosage in our Super CoQ10 Plus, Sublingual CoQ10 and Mega CoQ10 Plus products, indirectly protects our nervous system by supporting the cardiovascular system, ensuring that oxygen and nutrients are transported to the brain. However, recent research has also indicated a direct effect in relation to such chronic illnesses as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s diseases.
Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease were found to have much lower Q10 levels than their healthy counterparts, while Q10 and its synthetic versions may mean a potential direction in the treatment of Alzheimer patients because they can reduce oxidative stress and the deterioration of nerve tissues.

What other active ingredients can be helpful in the case of Alzheimer’s disease?

Our Q10 product range and the popular, recently renamed qProtect and Mega qProtect contain several active ingredients that protect your mental abilities. Let us have a look at some of them.
Fat-soluble vitamin E can support your mental freshness: according to a 6-year follow-up study, those consuming more vitamin E showed fewer cases of Alzheimer’s disease and mental deterioration.
It is rarely mentioned about vitamin A (which is produced from beta-carotene by the human body) that it is important for studying and memory, while retinoic acid, produced by the body from vitamin A, may slow down cell death and provide protection from the proteins accumulating in the body of Alzheimer patients. Unfortunately, studies showed that vitamin A levels decrease as the years go by.
Selenium is also essential in order to preserve the health of the brain and mental abilities and its deficiency can cause irreversible damage. Studies have proved that proteins containing selenium have a protective effect on nerve cells of Alzheimer patients. A study conducted with more than one thousand people over 65 showed that participants with higher selenium levels performed better in coordination examinations, while the results of another, similarly large scale study indicated that the lack of the element increased the risk of mental deterioration.

Initial human research regarding Gingko biloba have proved to be promising: using Ginkgo biloba, it was possible to improve the cognitive state of Alzheimer patients, while it decreased the deterioration of the condition of seriously demented people.

These research results support the fact that our diet fundamentally influences our mental performance. So grab the opportunity and make the most of yourself in your elderly years, too.

Sources:

Adherence to a Mediterranean diet and risk of incident cognitive impairment – Georgios Tsivgoulis, MD et al., Neurology April 30, 2013 vol. 80 no. 18 1684-1692; The pros and cons of pharmaceutical, nutritional, botanical and stimulatory therapies, with a discussion of treatment strategies from the perspective of patients and practioners – Keith A. Wollen; Alternative Medicine Review Vol 15. N.3.; Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in patients with Parkinson’s disease – L.K. Mischley, J. A., R. Bradley; Journal of the Neurological Sciences 318 (2012) 72–75; Relation of the tocopherol forms to incident Alzheimer disease and to cognitive change – Morris MC et al., Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Feb;81(2):508-14.; Selenium and human health – M.P. Rayman; Lancet 2012; 379: 1256–68