How do you like your coffee? This is my routine:
Do you drink your coffee Bulletproof® stylz? I do. Yes, I put butter in my mold-free coffee and it’s so good. SO. GOOD. Pour yourself a cup o’joe, have a read, and think about how that one little morning habit can help improve your brain health long term.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, in the far off land of Chicago…
Last year at the AutismOne Conference I stumbled into an interesting lecture on using a supplement called trehalose to break up beta-amyloid plaques in people with Downs Syndrome and Alzheimers Disease. It was in the lecture hall closest to the the Thinking Moms’ Revolution table and I had just finished up my shift. I just popped into the first door I saw.
Huh? DS? Alzheimer’s? Am I in the right place?
I was riveted, but not sure how it was going to apply to me or my family, but being a neuroscience geek, I sat through the whole thing, even asking questions at the mic, which I never do. I thought it might help with the post-seizure scarring that could be affecting my middle son (but that has proven to be flat-out neuronal loss, not plaque, grrrrrrr).
As the lecture went on, I realized it might be helpful to some older relatives–including my dad–who were starting to have a memory issues, poor word recall, etc. My own genetic panel seems to point me in the direction of higher risk of Alzheimer’s, not entirely surprising. More alarming for me, it looks like my past use of prescribed benzodiazepine puts me at a significantly higher risk than average. Yeah, mainstream medicine, thanks for that.
When my darling dad came out for a visit in February to celebrate our big birthdays, we were able to improve his word recall and Sudoko time in less than 2 weeks by getting him off Benadryl and onto Bulletproof® coffee with a healthy dose of MCT oil and coconut oil. If you didn’t know Benadryl increases your risk of Alzheimer’s, read more here. Recently, I was trying to think of some other things we could do for him…I remembered trehalose.
- a polysaccharide that’s about half as sweet as sugar
- reportedly up-regulates phagocytosis–think Pac Man gobbling up those beta-amyloid plaques, wocka, wocka
- promotes healthy mitochondria
- plus, it acts as an antioxidant.
It’s currently being investigated for use to treat Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s Disease. It’s available as a supplement (this is the one I use) and is considered GRAS (general regarded as safe) by the FDA.
So what does Bulletproof® coffee have to do with this? It’s a delicious way to get a dose of antioxidants, brain-building good fats, and, let’s face it, caffeine into your system without a big crash, and insulin rush, or a hit on your adrenals. And you can slip in 1/2 a teaspoon of trehalose powder and it won’t effect the taste AT ALL.