Sometimes, inspiration comes from truly surprising places. I'm sure you know that strokes are a major medical issue, affecting over three-quarters of a million Americans every year. The vast majority of these (87%) are ischemic strokes, which happen when a clot cuts off the flow of blood to the brain. Without blood flow, the brain doesn't get the oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive, which causes cells to die.
Right now, the only option for dealing with an ischemic stroke is to break up the clot as quickly as possible to restore the flow of resources to brain cells. But researchers have been wondering if there's another way to help protect the brain during such a traumatic event. What if the cells could survive for a while, even if they were cut off from oxygen and glucose? This might not be as far-fetched as it sounds.
That's because every winter, hibernating ground squirrels enter a state that's much like what our brains experience during a stroke. Their blood flow to their brain drops significantly. However, their brains don't seem to be any worse for the wear once they wake back up. Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke have been trying to figure out how this is possible - and whether the process can be replicated in humans.
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The researchers found that the squirrels' brains engage in a process called SUMOylation. Through this process, an enzyme tags proteins with Small Ubiquitin-like Modifiers (SUMOs) that tell the proteins to act differently in the cells. Other enzymes can remove these tags as needed. This process helps protect the brain by reorganizing some of the typical cellular processes. The researchers then identified two molecules that could increase SUMOylation in rat cells and sustain them even in the absence of oxygen and blood sugar. The researchers are now hoping to determine whether one of these molecules could be used to protect animals' brains during strokes, with the ultimate goal of developing a drug that offers protective effects for humans.
But of course, I'd prefer for you to avoid having a stroke in the first place. One of the best ways to do that is to take Advanced Natto Formula. It contains the enzyme nattokinase, which comes from the fermented natto bean. I've written about nattokinase in the past. It's a powerful clot buster. I take two every day for an extra level of protection against stroke along with two capsules of Complete Daily Oils. Complete Daily Oils helps to prevent clots in the first place, and Advanced Natto Formula helps to dissolve any clots that may get past the oils. And you don't even have to be as smart as a squirrel to know that a combination like that is always a good thing.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD