We all know that guy — the one who did everything “right.”
He reached his senior years in tip-top shape. He’s not overweight… doesn’t have diabetes… and never had so much as a murmur from his heart.
Then one day you hear the devastating news: This paragon of health somehow got dementia anyway.
It’s heartbreaking, and it’s enough to make you want to just plain give up.
If HE can’t escape this disease, who can?
Fact is, roughly a third of all dementia patients are just like “that guy.” They didn’t have any of the major risk factors, but they got the disease anyway, as if it fell from the sky.
But the latest research shows how dementia doesn’t come from the sky. In fact, what’s up there can help keep it away!
Scientists have been working to narrow down the risk factors for dementia besides the obvious ones like diabetes and obesity — and they’ve found what just may be the biggest one of all.
And it’s a problem that millions of people… especially seniors… are facing right now.
It’s low levels of vitamin D, which is actually a hormone your body makes from the UV rays of the sun.
The study doesn’t show the reason for the link. All the researchers did was pick out environmental risk factors that seem to be linked to dementia.
But it’s no secret: Other studies have shown how D3 activates white blood cells so they go charging into the brain, where they wipe out the beta-amyloid plaques that cause dementia.
Curcumin and the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have a similar effect. Get all three together, and you can turn your white blood cells into plaque-seeking missiles for maximum protection.
The new study also goes a little further and nails two other risk factors: pollution in the air and too many minerals in the water.
You can filter your water with reverse osmosis to remove the minerals. You can filter your air, at least at home, with an air purifier — but that won’t be much help when you’re outside, where you’ll have to go to get some of that sunlight that’ll help make your vitamin D.
Not everything’s within your control… so just do the best you can.
Since we’re heading into winter, it’s getting tougher to get the sun exposure you need each day — so be sure to take a vitamin D supplement. Most folks need a minimum of between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day, but your own doc can help figure out how much you might need.
Don’t stop taking them when spring rolls around.
Since it’s tough to know how much you’re getting, take a D3 supplement all year long.