Volume 2, Issue 29
July 16, 2009

Are your memory problems
related to ADD?

I'm sure you've heard of ADD. Attention Deficit Disorder is a psychological term describing anyone who is highly impulsive, hyperactive, and/or inattentive. Yes, it mostly affects children. So you're probably wondering what this has to do with you. Well, researchers now know that ADD in children has the same root cause as some common memory problems in those over 50.

Most people don't realize that the cause of ADD is genetic. And this same genetic problem can lead to memory loss as well. The good news is this genetic disorder is easy to reverse.

One of the major neurotransmitters in the brain involved in memory and attention is dopamine.ÿ If your brain functions normally, then your dopamine is probably activated, as it should be. However, it's easy for this neurotransmitter to deactivate.

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The biochemical mechanism that activates dopamine occurs through a very important process known as methylation. When methylation is not adequate, dopamine does not become activated, and a decrease in memory and attention results. Many patients diagnosed with attention deficit disorders suffer from these problems as a direct result of poor methylation.

The tendency to have poor methylation is genetic, and it's a very common problem. How can you find out if you have poor methylation? It's simple. One good way to see if you might be a poor methylator is to have your doctor order a blood homocysteine level. If your level is greater than 7 micormoles per liter, chances are good that your methylation process is less than desirable. That's the bad news.

The good news is that you can reverse poor methylation just by taking the right nutrients. These start with the B-vitamins, including folic acid, folinic acid, methyl B12 (methylcobalamin), and vitamin B6. However, there's another nutrient that can help.

This nutritional supplement is trimethylglycine. You probably know it better as betaine. Researchers recently studied the effects of betaine on 195 Dutch elderly. They found that the greater your intake of betaine, the better your memory function will improve. So take plenty of betaine, which you can find at most health food stores and on the Internet.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

Ref: British Journal of Nutrition, (2007), 98, 960-968.

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