UCLA Brain Boosting Guidelines

Memory loss may be reversed, and improvement sustained with this therapeutic program”, said Dr. Dale E. Bredesen of UCLA.

These guidelines are collected from trials conducted at UCLA and The Buck Institute using systemic approach to memory disorders. These are trials of patients who were treated by Dr. Dale E. Bredesen of UCLA.

Ten memory-loss patients, some with brain-scans confirming patterns of Alzheimer’s, participated in a small UCLA trial called MEND (Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration).ucla-case-study

In the UCLA protocol, patients made dramatic lifestyle changes. They avoided simple carbs and processed foods. They increased their fish intake, took yoga and meditated. They were instructed to take melatonin, get adequate sleep, incorporate vitamin B-12, vitamin D-3 and fish oil.

Within six months, nine patients saw a noticeable improvement in memory. One patient, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, di
d not show improvement.

UCLA researchers say the findings suggest at least early on, changing a person’s metabolic processes can bring back memory and cognitive function.

Six of the patients in the study who had to discontinue working were all able to return to their jobs. Study authors say some patients were followed up to two and a half years and the memory improvements remained.

Plans are underway to do larger studies on this therapeutic program.

For more information on the study go to: Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program

A general approach to a brain boosting lifestyle is listed below:  For more serious neurological disorders please contact UCLA’s Buck Institute for a neurological evaluation.
  1. Eliminate simple carbohydrates and processed foods from the diet.
  2. Increase consumption of cruciferous vegetables – cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli. Include spinach okra and kale.
  3. Include blue berries, mangos, papaya, melons, pomegranates and bananas to your list of fruits.
  4. Include non-farmed cold water fish once or twice a week.
  5. Limit meat to occasional grass-fed beef or organic chicken.
  6. Add organically raised eggs as part of your breakfast
  7. Include yogurt and other probiotics to your diet
  8. Add coconut and olive oil to your diet.
  9. Drink 40 ounces of water each day and eliminate the intake of high fructose juices and sodas.
  10. Get 8 hours of sleep a day. (Add .5 mg of melatonin if needed).
  11. Include 30 minutes of strength training, aerobic or other workouts 5 times a week.
  12. Reduce stress by meditating or using relaxation techniques 20 minutes each day
  13. Optimized oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush
  14. Fast for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast
  15. Add the following micronutrients to your daily diet
    • Turmeric 400 mg daily
    • Alpha Lipoic Acid 100 mg daily
    • Coenzyme Q10 100 mg twice daily
    • B-100 1 capsule daily
    • Vitamins C 400 mg daily
    • Vitamin D3 2000 IU daily
    • Fish oil with DHA or Krill oil 320mg and EPA 180mg per day
    • Ashwagandha 500mg daily