Optimize mitochondrial function
The twenty first intervention to reverse mild Alzheimer's in the Bredesen Protocol is:
- Goal: Optimize mitochondrial function
- Approach: CoQ or ubiquinol, a-lipoic acid, PQQ, NAC, ALCAR, Se, Zn, resveratrol, ascorbate, thiamine
Mitochondria are the organelles in your cells that generate energy. CoQ Coenzyme Q10 is a molecule in the mitochondria that is essential to producing energy. Ubiquinol is it's electron-rich (reduced) form that is better absorbed.
a-lipoic acid can reduce the formation of Alzheimer's disease plaques and increase the production of acetylcholine, an important signaling molecule that is impaired in Alzheimer's disease.
NAC (N-acetylcysteine) 400-500mg (to increase glutathione cellular protection) blocks oxidative damage in Alzheimer's.
Acetyl-L-carnitine (ALCAR) 500mg per day.
Alzheimer's patients with low Se (Selenium) in their blood have been found to have more problems with cognitive function.
Blood brain barrier dysfunction accelerates the rate of degeneration in Alzheimer's by impairing the ability of the brain to concentrate ascorbate (Vitamin C) and other nutrients with neuroprotective properties.
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