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The Natural Way

Thursday, August 16, 2012

In researching anything new regarding dementias including Alzheimer's, I came across a little known supplement worthy of consideration. Of course I checked it out on PubMed through the National Library of Medicine, finding university published science looking at usefulness.

One early clinical trial (on people) is underway, but dozens of scientific studies have been done. The supplement is called Uridine.

There are two types of Uridine available for retail purchase. The one I'm writing about is Uridine-5 monophosphate. This is available in 300 mg capsules in a 60-count bottle. It seems from what I read that one or two capsules each day is what would benefit the most.

How does it benefit our lives? Apparently this food supplement helps power our cells. The energy source inside every cell is called the mitochondria, and Uridine impacts this in a beneficial way.

Many of the studies looked at the effect of prescribed drugs on the squelching of the energy makers, finding that Uridine kicked the furnace back up especially when combine with choline.

An indirect source of choline is an inexpensive supplement called lecithin. You can go direct with another inexpensive supplement called phosphatidyl choline or supercharge with phosphatidyl serine, which is more costly. From everything I studied, adding a vitamin B12 melted under the tongue (methyl type is best) adds considerably.

Who would be most likely to stay on this regimen? Anyone that wishes to improve thinking and memory, or anyone who is prone to depression. People on heavy duty drugs for Huntington's, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, HIV or cancer therapy using 5-fluorouricil likely will strongly benefit, as I found published studies on all of these.

I had to wonder about using it to benefit those on long term use of statin drugs for reduction of cholesterol, as there is some risk of impact on the brain from this group of drugs. This supplement and combination won't be a problem with prescribed drugs and has no known drawbacks.

Uridine is difficult to find; it isn't well known but can be purchased as a nutritional supplement for under $35. As I've written before adding fish oils, Serraflazyme, niacinamide or coconut oil are all good supplements depending upon need.