Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Will Being on an Aromatase Inhibitor Long-Term Increase My Risk?

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Colleen asks: “Is being on an Aromatase Inhibitor, potentially like a Tamoxifen, putting her at a higher risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s?

That’s an excellent question, Colleen. I actually work with a ton of breast cancer patients and thrivers and survive that are often on estrogen-blocking or hormone-blocking medications after their initial cancer diagnosis. And so often we’re seeing 5, 10, 15 years of taking these medications. And that’s definitely a concern that I do want to address. I will let you know, there has been some clinical analysis and research in a very large group of women.

What Does the Research Say?

So, we’ve looked at over 50,000 women in addressing, “Will taking a medication like Tamoxifen to starve any potential cancer cells of reoccurring, does that set a woman up for dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any type of brain-related health imbalances?” And what research shows is that it’s inconclusive. So, that is kind of an interesting point there.

So, we’ve looked at over 50,000 women in addressing, “Will taking a medication like Tamoxifen to starve any potential cancer cells of reoccurring, does that set a woman up for dementia, Alzheimer’s, or any type of brain-related health imbalances?” And what research shows is that it’s inconclusive. So, that is kind of an interesting point there.

Now, the other thing that that research did show was that the women in the study had a lowered propensity of diagnoses with Alzheimer’s and dementia. So, I think what I recommend and will communicate to you here is that it depends on each person’s case and we all have genetic propensity, or disposition, to possibly have dementia or Alzheimer’s occur in our body. From looking at our family members, our mothers, our fathers, aunts and uncles, and even siblings.

Supporting Brain Health is Key

So with that being said, I always recommend supporting your brain health by doing several things. Our brain is comprised of fat and water. So, you want to make sure you’re consuming good, healthy fats on a daily basis to bolster the fat content of our brain. And you want to make sure you’re not being dehydrated or in a dehydration state. Many individuals are not drinking enough fluids or liquids.

If you consume coffee, you want to have the same amount of liquid, meaning water, mineral water, or good healthy green juices. So, you want to make sure you’re getting hydrated properly. The other thing that I recommend, that Organixx provides, is Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain]. This has two really amazing neuroprotective compounds in the ingredients, as well as a whole bunch of other benefits for supporting your brain health.

But I want to zero in on Camu Camu and Bacopa. Those two have been extensively studied. These two ingredients in Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain] are amazing for helping your brain cells regenerate, rejuvenate, repair, and recover. And I have a lot of patients that have had chemotherapy or even radiation of the head and neck and I always recommend neuroprotective and neuro regenerating supplementation. So, Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain] would be something I would recommend for you.

Reducing Inflammation and Invigorating the Lymphatic System

Now, the other thing that’s really important is to lower your inflammatory levels or inflammation that might be present in your body systemically as well as in the blood and the brain.

So, I want to recommend one of my other, another favorites of mine here at Organixx, is the Joint & Muscle Care. This is a trio. Call it the trinity of master anti-inflammatory properties. What you’re going to get there is just an overall systemic lowering of inflammation levels with the turmeric, which is a fermented turmeric. So, you get the bioactive max benefits of the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric. Turmeric will invigorate the lymphatic system.

And for any of my breast cancer patients, I want to make sure we’re getting lymphatic flow. And especially when we’ve had breast cancer, radiation, and chemo, and even surgeries where we had lymph nodes removed, we want to make sure we’re clearing the head and neck lymphatics because often that gets stagnated with surgeries and radiation. So those are my tips.

A Bonus Tip: Antioxidants

My bonus tip is to look at adding maybe a little Moringa tea to your daily diet. Moringa is an amazing tropical plant that has also been extensively studied for its massive antioxidant benefits. And there are links to the antioxidant levels and when we increase those to help brain rejuvenation.

So, those are my tips for you, Colleen. Please comment and let us know how you do with that.

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Brain Health: How Can I Cut Through Debilitating Brain Fog?

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This next question is from Diana. She says, “Hi, Dr. Melissa. I have the worst debilitating brain fog. How can you help? Thanks so much, Diana.”

Okay. That is an excellent question, Diana. And I feel both your concern and your frustration. Brain fog is a really, really common occurrence. Especially now there are a lot of influences to brain fog. I want to address not only the feeling of brain fog, but also your mental acuity and optimal cognition. This is really critical for recall and regular problem-solving in your day-to-day life, but also the times when you can’t remember where your keys are, or if you’re wearing your glasses on your head, but you’ve been running around the house looking or your glasses. 

So we are going to address that by first addressing the different causes of increased brain fog or imbalances in your neurocognition. And this is really important. There are certain things where lifestyle and nutritional choices can come into play for making this more severe or tamping it down and resolving the imbalance. So, first, let’s look at some of the causes.

Causes of Brain Fog

First and most problematic, is going to be lack of sleep. So if you are not good at getting your eight to 10 hours of sleep each night, or you might be dealing with nutritional deficiencies, brain inflammation, as well as glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, these are very common causes, as are adrenal imbalances. So your adrenal glands are your fight or flight glands. If you’re feeling like you’re fighting and flighting all the time, or highly stressed or charged and you’re not calm, dealing with anxiety or panic attacks, that can be indicative of some of the underlying conditions for brain fog. 

Balancing the Brain with Brain Food

With my patients and my followers, I really love to talk about brain food. And when we’re dealing with some of these causes, we need to help balance the brain. And one of the most impactful ways to do that is by our daily lifestyle of consuming a rainbow-rich diet. When I say rainbow-rich, eating the rainbow, literally choosing red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and indigo, and white, and brown. Foods that are going to be nutritionally dense in all of the different nutrients to power up your brain. 

I recommend eating as clean, organic as we can, going for raw, lightly steamed and fresh juices are always my recommendations. Similarly, a lot of folks are on these kinds of fad diets. They’re on some of the intermittent fasting, and sometimes the keto diet, and some of my patients are going fat-free. Well, the brain needs protein and it needs fat, and it also needs hydration. So if you are not getting enough protein, or you’re not getting enough fat, or you’re dehydrated, those three things can be a very common source for brain fog. And even if you notice you start some of these diets and maybe you’re restricting your intake of protein, fat, or hydration, those symptoms can very easily clear if you add those three items back into your diet. 

Ample Sleep, Reduced Stress, and Exercise Outdoors

Now, the other thing that’s really critical for addressing any of the brain fog, is sleep. And sleeping eight to 10 hours is really what I recommend. I know sometimes that feels like it’s not possible, but if you try to sleep as close to the sun setting in your time zone, and waking up as the sun’s rising, that tends to be the best way to set your circadian rhythm, your cycle, where your body will get the ample rest, as well as exercising outside in the morning, can also help recalibrate our brain center that helps open up the brain for nutritional density, but also sets the right stage for decreasing inflammation. 

Lowering your stress is absolutely critical. So if you find environmental stressors, or work stressors, or body-related stress, we want to address that. And some of the best ways to do that is by exercising. So I recommend with brain fog, exercising in the morning. Part of that whole morning sunlight capacity for exercising outside is to allow your body to also get vitamin D and natural sunlight. It is very, very good for our mood and nourishes our brain. 

Supplementation: Nootropics

Now, I also want to talk to you about two really critical things you can add in supplement-wise. There’s a whole kind of newer category of supplementation called nootropics. These are, simply put, brain-powered, fuel-based supplementation. And here at Organixx, we have Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain], which is a powerhouse of herbals and brain nutrition. One of my favorite herbals that’s in this Brain Health 8 combination, is Bacopa. 

Bacopa’s been studied, so there’s a lot of clinical research behind it, as it’s able to help your brain regenerate and also minimize brain cell deterioration and the dying of brain cells. And this is really great for individuals of all ages. So teenagers, all the way to individuals in their 80s and 90s and 100s, it’s wonderful. So, Bacopa in Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain] is a winner. 

Now another one that’s been heavily studied, are the category of functional mushrooms, particularly lion’s mane. It’s this beautiful white lion mane kind of hairy mushroom that it’s not only beautiful to look at, but it’s very, very powerful. It looks like a brain. And it’s kind of interesting how nature occurs, where the brain-power in lion’s mane is very potent at neuroprotection. So that basically means that lion’s mane has the functionality to protect your brain. This has been greatly studied, and it is wonderful at also helping connect our neurons and keep our brain functionally optimized. 

So if you find you’ve got some of the brain fog, if you haven’t added Bacopa via Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain], and functional mushrooms, like lion’s mane, which we can find in Organixx 7 Mushrooms, oh, it’s great – those two are really potent together for neuroprotection, brainpower, and brain healing. I love that. 

Bonus Tip: Supplements to Lower Inflammation

So I am going to also, one last kind of bonus tip, is to recommend if you find you have any type of inflammation within your body, maybe you have biomarkers of inflammation, it’s not a bad idea to also add in certain supplements that help lower your inflammatory levels, or lower, calm down, your inflammatory response. When it comes to the brain, the state of our brain health, an inflamed brain will trigger brain fog and a whole bunch of other things. So one of my favorite complexes here at Organixx is the Joint & Muscle Care. So, Brain Health 8 [formerly Ageless Brain], the 7 Mushrooms, and the Joint & Muscle Care – yea! They’re winners for brain health. 

So, I’m excited to hear, Diana, how you do with these, and please keep us posted. 

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