If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, what you’re about to read could be life changing. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine may have found a cure.
That’s right, a cure! And, even better, this cure is remarkably inexpensive. The study I’m about to tell you about is a preliminary study, so I can’t promise this treatment will work for everyone. But the scientists involved in the study believe they have found the cure for Alzheimer’s.
The cure is a nutrient that’s been around for decades. In fact, years ago, nutritionally minded psychiatrist Abe Hoffer taught that this nutrient could cure mental illness. Now the California study shows some startling results in Alzheimer’s mice. This nutrient actually restored their memory!
Here’s the story: The scientists genetically engineered mice to get the equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease. Yes, animals can get dementia just like humans, with beta amyloid plaque (Alzheimer’s hallmark) in their brains.
The scientists added a vitamin to their drinking water beginning at four months of age. The researchers then tested the animals’ short-term and long-term memory during the next four months.
They tested memory patterns known to be dependent on certain brain structures that are damaged by Alzheimer’s. The nutrient? It’s the simple $2 nutrient niacinamide. Niacinamide is just an easy-to-tolerate form of vitamin B3. And its ability to treat Alzheimer’s is truly amazing.
The results of this study showed that oral niacinamide treatment prevents the cognitive deficits in mice with Alzheimer’s, while improving the short-term spatial memory in non-demented control animals. At the end of the study the Alzheimer’s mice performed as well in memory testing as healthy mice.
This suggests that the vitamin protected their brains from memory loss and restored memory that was already lost. I don’t need to sell you on this. Just look at the words of author Dr. Kim Green. “Cognitively, they were cured,” Dr. Green said. “They performed as if they’d never developed the disease.” “The vitamin completely prevented cognitive decline associated with the disease, bringing them back to the level they’d be at if they didn’t have the pathology.”
Furthermore, healthy mice fed the B3 performed better than mice on a normal diet. “It actually improved behavior in non-demented animals, too,” said Dr. Green. Dr. Frank LaFerla, the lead author of the study, said: “This suggests that not only is it good for Alzheimer’s disease, but if normal people take it, some aspects of their memory might improve.”
How does niacinamide work? Neurons are constructed with microtubules. These are scaffolding within the cells that conduct information. When the microtubules break down, the cells can die.
The tubules are like highways inside cells. Dr. Green said that niacinamide is “making a wider more stable highway.” Alzheimer’s disease breaks down the highway (tubules). But niacinamide prevents this from happening.
I’ve previously told you how the toxic metal mercury also destroys these microtubules, potentially causing Alzheimer’s disease. So anything that can prevent the damage or reverse it is a huge discovery.
Dr. Green says that niacinamide has a very robust affect on neurons. It prevents the build-up of “tau,” which are proteins along tracks inside neurons. In the early stages of the disease, these protein clumps impair the nerve-cell functions. But, ultimately, the tau proteins can stop the nerves from functioning and kill them. Dr. Green told the Alzheimer’s Research Forum: “It’s absolutely dramatic.
This [biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease, the tau protein] is just wiped from the brain specifically.” The dose the researchers gave the mice was 200 mg/kg per day. That’s a hefty dose. The UCI researchers have been recruiting patients for a human study.
The participants in this study will take 1,500 mg of niacinamide twice daily. From my perspective, that’s a very tolerable dose of a very inexpensive vitamin. I have been waiting patiently for a break in Alzheimer’s disease like this.
As I mentioned earlier, Abe Hoffer showed years ago that vitamin B3 and other nutrients could cure or control schizophrenia. With the new understanding of its ability to protect microtubules, Hoffer’s observations and work has reached even greater heights.
Niacinamide is an absolutely wonderful nutrient that has a lot more benefits than just treating Alzheimer’s. I will tell you more about these wonders in an upcoming issue. But this information was just too incredible to delay. If you have dementia of any kind, consider niacinamide, 1,500 mg twice daily.
Please keep me informed of your progress. I have always maintained that diseased neurons (or any cell for that matter) can be saved if the remedy is provided before they die. These incredible researchers have shown us, at least in a rodent model, that you can save and normalize Alzheimer’s disease neurons with vitamin B3.
Considering that the pathology in humans is virtually identical to the disease in the experimental mice, if and when these results are duplicated in humans, niacinamide could be the Alzheimer’s breakthrough of all time. One final note: Be sure that you use niacinamide, and not its sister niacin.
The latter is another form of B3 that will cause an uncomfortable prickly flush, and is often used for cholesterol problems. It sometimes irritates the liver. Fortunately, the niacinamide form does not produce the flush.
And it doesn’t have any significant irritating effects on the liver, even in high doses. You can find niacinamide at a health food store and on the Internet.
About the Author
Dr. Robert Jay Rowen, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University and graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine is internationally known for his work in the field of complementary/alternative/integrative medicine. He is affectionately known as the Father of Medical Freedom for pioneering the nation’s first statutory protection for alternative medicine in 1990 in Alaska, against a concerted opposition from the organized medical community and an imported quackbuster.
A few years later, the Alaska governor appointed him to a term on the state medical board against overwhelming opposition from the medical establishment. His appointment was ultimately confirmed by the legislature with overwhelming public support. The rare medical freedom he enjoyed in Alaska enabled him to greatly expand knowledge and experience in a multitude of disciplines and therapies not normally found in medicine.
Jumping into alternative medicine in 1983 through a practice in acupuncture, he quickly expanded to nutritional medicine, chelation therapy, oxidation therapy, homeopathy and herbal medicine, and took intensive training in neural therapy and prolotherapy to help treat and eliminate acute and chronic pain. Alaska’s laws enabled him to work extensively with innovative cancer therapies, ozone, and ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy. He is internationally known and respected for training hundreds of open-minded physicians in these techniques from around the world.
In 2001, he became editor in chief of Second Opinion, one of the nation’s leading monthly publications revealing the frontiers of medicine. Thus, he reduced his practice load considerably to write and teach, and relocated from Alaska to California where he works part time with his like minded talented wife, Terri Su, MD at her Santa Rosa office, Radiant Health Medical Center, in the north Bay area.
You are cordially invited to journey with him into the frontiers of medicine with a free past issue of Second Opinion. Dr. Rowen has authored numerous articles and some of which may be read online.
Author: Robert Rowen, Md