“There are steps we can all take now to prevent the cognitive decline that experts have long believed to be unavoidable and irreversible.”
― Dr. Dale Bredesen, MD
What is the Bredesen Protocol?
The Bredesen Protocol, developed by internationally recognized expert Dr. Dale Bredesen, is a comprehensive and personalized program designed to improve cognition and reverse the cognitive decline of early Alzheimer's disease. It uses a ‘functional’ approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. This means that instead of simply masking the symptoms of the disease, there is an emphasis of addressing the root cause of the disease.
The Bredesen Protocol looks at each individual as a whole system, taking into account each person's unique metabolic imbalances which has led to the negative impact of their cognitive function.
The 7 Key Aspects To The Bredesen Protocol
The best nutrition plan to support brain health relies on a plant-rich, nutrient-dense, whole foods diet that emphasizes local, organic, and seasonal non-starchy vegetables from every color of the rainbow combined with an adequate amount of protein and generous amounts of healthy fat.
Exercise increases cerebral blood flow and brain-derived-neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which has important cognitive support effects. Exercise also helps to improve oxygenation, improve sleep, reduce overall stress, optimize BMI (body mass index), improve insulin sensitivity, and more.
Practicing good sleep hygiene that allows you to get 7-8 hours of quality restorative sleep every night is vital for memory consolidation and allows the lymphatic system to clear cerebral toxins, including amyloid-beta.
Stress, especially chronic, unresolved, or severe stress, may be a key factor in cognitive decline over time. While we can’t always avoid stress, you can learn to manage it by mindfulness, meditation, yoga, or other similar practices.
It’s important to stay mentally active, to “upsize” our brains. Our brains are constantly developing new neurons throughout our lives as a response to social and mental stimuli. You can help this process by staying socially active, building a support system and having a strong purpose in life.
Part of optimizing brain health comes down to our environment. Ensure that the air you breathe, the water you drink, the home you live in, the food you eat and even the cleaning supplies you use are as toxin-free as possible.
Supplements are another key part of the optimal brain health puzzle. If you’re suffering from a specific nutritional deficiency that is affecting your cognitive health, finding the right supplement regimen can be a crucial factor in your journey towards healing.