Memory & Mind Supplements - Do They Improve Memory
Loss & Mental Performance
of new supplements have been introduced over the past few years
that promise to improve short term and long term memory loss, intelligence,
mood, vision, and mental performance. In reviewing the very latest
research regarding these breakthrough nutrients, amino acids, herbs,
herbal extracts, coenzymes, and hormones, some simple questions
emerge that beg to be answered.
Despite a scientific and practical basis for recommending
each of these powerful antidotes, some form of evaluation of their
benefits and risks for the end user must be established as an objective
basis for making a specific recommendation.
The questions that remain unanswered by the plethora
of literature extolling the value of each and every nutrient include
queries such as; how do I know which ones I need?, if I'm deficient
in one or the other, is it because of my diet, my digestion, the
supply or the demand?, if I do need one or more these nutrients,
how can I know how much I need, how often I need it, how long to
take it and how to combine mind and memory boosting supplements
for multiple symptoms?
A step by step and sensible mind and memory-boosting
program is available for the young, middle-aged, and seniors suffering
from the symptoms of mild depression, memory loss, Alzheimer's and
Parkinson's disease, and other related conditions.
As part of my experience in researching and learning
about individual herbs and nutrients that influence the mind, I
have found that most, if not all of these symptoms, originate in
an imbalance or deficiency. Once the underlying cause is identified,
all of the foregoing questions can be accurately answered and the
appropriate protocols can be established for that individual.
a comprehensive history is the cornerstone for this evaluation,
a biological fluid analysis is the heart of the assessment. The
process of transforming the biological matrix begins with a M.A.P.
It provides an objective biochemical baseline for identifying the
strengths, weaknesses, and imbalances in the fluids comprising the
internal environment of your body that reflect the integrity of
lymph, urine, and saliva formation.
The characteristics and condition of the fluids that compose this
biological matrix may affect the entire body. This fluid matrix
travels throughout the entire body, but each and every person is
biologically and chemically unique. Each individual's cellular environment
responds differently to stress, change, health, and illness. It
also responds differently to all the factors that affect cellular
functioning, such as genetics, hereditary issues, physical, mental,
emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental factors.
In addition to assessing the relationship of these factors to unresolved
symptoms, a M.A.P. produces information specific to your biological
environment regarding imbalances and deficiencies that may be potential
causes related to your healthcare concerns. In short, a precise
assessment and evaluation of the biological fluids may provide valuable
information about underlying factors that may influence the overall
state of your vitality and well-being.
The components assessed in this profile are used by the body to
produce energy, to supply vital nutrients for sustaining life, and
to create the biological fluids of urine, lymph, and saliva. Therefore,
the chemical state of the biological matrix will be reflected in
the results of the M.A.P. and provide a means of monitoring your
response to therapeutic intervention.
Matrix transformation is the adapted science of evaluating and
manipulating productive changes in the internal environment of the
body. This environment is called the biological matrix. The biological
matrix represents a fluid transport system for the delivery of nutrients
to, and elimination of waste products from, the cells of the body.
The M.A.P. provides an assessment of the status of specific biochemical
processes, which control and contribute to an ecologically competent
organism. It also permits us a window of observation into this unique
environment, allowing for invaluable insights into the ability of
the cells to survive and prosper.
The M.A.P. assists in determining the physiological status of every
major biological system in the body from two perspectives. First,
it provides us with information pertaining to the three physiological
factors of congestion, digestion, and energy production. Next it
provides us with insight into how the body's glands, organs and
physiological systems, such as the kidney, liver, adrenals, digestion,
elimination, etc., are being affected by association with the physiological
the latest advances in technology, the M.A.P. interpretation software
is capable of determining similar values for the blood based upon
the factors present in the other biological fluids. The use of this
software allows us to offer the M.A.P. as a mail-order test. This
makes the M.A.P. one of the most unique, comprehensive and user
friendly evaluations available.
The immediate goal of any approach designed to address a biochemical
imbalance or deficiency is to assist the body in accessing its own
nutrient pools. Secondary goals are to restore normal function and
prevent the imbalance from reoccurring. There are a couple of steps
in this process, and a couple of obstacles, to achieve a productive
response, but the end results are highly achievable.
Other Benefits of Testing
Biochemistry represents a two-way bridge between the structural
and virtual realms. Nutritional testing creates an access window
into this viable channel of communication. The benefits of this
type of testing go far beyond a simple biochemical assessment. It
can actually help in establishing the realm of the primary imbalance
and suggest effective approaches to resolving the associated symptoms.
For example, assume an individual goes to the doctor with any one
of a group of common symptoms. Also assume that this individual
has tested negative for any disease by all conventional standards.
This is the profile of an individual with chronic, low-grade unresolved
symptoms. For all intents and purposes, it is likely that it is
not a structural problem and it probably isn't a diagnosable disease
entity. Now what? Shall we wait and see?
Should we suppress the symptoms? Should we send this person to
a psychiatrist? Or perhaps nutritional testing might be a reasonable
alternative. Given everything presently known about the biochemical
realm, nutritional testing would probably be a good place to start.
There is a host of other possible tests that can be utilized to
assess various biochemical aspects.
Each of these has value (remember, everything works), however,
some are more sensitive and specific to isolated issues, while others
provide general information. With nutritional testing as a foundation,
the appropriate inclusion of relevant tests can then be easily determined.
As persistent symptoms remain unresolved and test results continue
to return inconclusive or negative results, the more relevance many
of these tests will have in differentiating the realm in which the
causal imbalances are rooted. Generally speaking, the more enduring
the symptoms and unfruitful the test results, the closer the probability
of an imbalance rooted in the virtual realm.
Obstacles to Restoring Function
One of the potential obstacles in normalizing a chronically distorted
biochemical environment is the loss of function. This loss occurs
in conditions that have progressively deteriorated over a long period
of time. In these cases, it is usually more realistic to aspire
to management of the current state, while seeking to prevent further
deterioration. All too frequently, an imbalance has progressed to
a point where one of the following obstacles arises:
condition has been present for so long and the individual has
tried so many things that he or she easily becomes frustrated
and does not follow through.
- The identification of the probable cause stands in stark contrast
to the wisdom of conventional assessments that brought the individual
to seek alternative evaluations in the first place. Because of
the seemingly simplistic, but far-fetched, potential solution
to the problem, a half-hearted attempt fails to yield productive
- The major focus is on symptoms. While alteration of the biological
matrix is consistent, it is also not instant. The symptoms do
not improve fast enough for the patient to maintain participation.
- The individual with the imbalance lacks the discipline to follow
through with all of the recommendations, and therefore fails to
- Well-meaning friends and conventional practitioners who lack
sufficient knowledge to support the endeavor discourage the individual
with the imbalance.
- The program is time-consuming and costly.
Nutritional assessment is not limited to a dipstick acid test. It
requires a sophisticated tool capable of establishing the status
of the most critical biological parameters in the most viable bodily
fluids. Overall, this assessment can aid in determining the status
of everything from digestion to absorption, assimilation, utilization,
and elimination in all the major systems of the body.
Hence the caveat "everything works." However, to achieve
optimal results from the application of a given modality to a set
of circumstances, the selection of tools must be specific and appropriate.
In other words, to resolve a disruption of normal function, we must
know the cause of the disruption and where the cause is rooted.
Given the scenarios just presented, I am decidedly persuaded that
there are no true diseases. Diagnosable diseases may simply be the
end result of a much subtler process. Disease entities may be the
outcome of an undiagnosed long-term imbalance seeking expression
in the form of a last-ditch attempt to get our attention. These
imbalances can originate in any of the three realms or through their
Richard A. DiCenso