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Alzheimer's Disease, Ginseng

REMEMBER-fX: The Smart Pill

 By Dr. Gifford Jones  Thursday, October 7, 2010

Will a pill make you less befuddled next time you try to master the controls of your new digital camera? Will it make you as intelligent computer-wise as your 10-year-old child? Are you continually losing your keys and glasses, feeling less alert and concerned about Alzheimer’s Disease?

A U.S study involving 750 average people showed that memory impairment affects the majority of people over 40 years of age. Now Canadian scientists claim they’ve developed a super ginseng pill, called “Remember-fX”, that prevents us all from “losing it”.

Today there are many ginseng products available, but their value has always been hampered by a complication. Ginseng purchased in stores isn’t just ginseng. Rather, it contains many other active ingredients. Therein lies the “catch 22”.

Dr. Andrew Greenshaw is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, where much of the ginseng research has been conducted. He says, “For years you’ve been able to buy ginseng over-the-counter and the label tells you what’s in it, but it does not inform you how pure it is.”

He adds, “Studies show that the amount of active biological ginseng varies, not only from product to product, but also from batch to batch. This is what has plagued the natural health industry for years. Consumers have had no way of knowing what they were buying.”

During the past 10 years an Alberta biotech company, CV Technologies, and a team of 25 scientists have developed and patented a process called “ChemoBioPrint”. This technique isolates the active ingredients, called ginsenosides, from the root of the North American ginseng plant. Now, like prescription drugs, consumers can know exactly what they’re buying as the process assures batch-to-batch consistency, efficacy and safety.

Dr. Jacqueline Shan, President of CV Technologies and a renowned researcher, says “Remember—fX contains active phytochemicals and works by increasing choline uptake in the brain. This results in an increase of acetylcholine, a key neurotransmitter essential for learning and memory function. And that this also prevents nerve cells from undergoing degeneration.”

She reports that studies on rats showed that they learned more rapidly, could retain and recall tasks better and became smarter in avoiding situations that caused pain. Laboratory studies also showed that Remember-fX could promote the growth of nerve cells.

Shan adds that Remember—fX appears to protect the brain from the ravages of old age including degenerative diseases of the nervous system such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. And that its goal is to help the ailing brain store memories.

Dr. Shan is not alone in her enthusiasm. Dr. Christina Benishin, a Professor of Physiology at the University of Alberta, says that “Remember-fX increases function of the brain’s neurons. People discover they’ve become more alert, attentive and focused. And that it’s easier to retain things they’ve been studying”.

One clinical trial showed that people between the age of 20 to 22 and another group from 45 to 65 years of age enjoyed an astounding 300 percent increase in memory when they were subjected to recollection tests.

This research is a ground-breaking event for a Canadian company and for the 364,000 Canadians and millions in the U.S. who suffer from memory loss, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. What is particularly exciting is that for the first time there’s no guess-work in what consumers are buying. It also means that CV Technologies’ ChemoBioPrint process has created a unique and new playing field for natural herbal products. This is long overdue.

Be sure to see your doctor if you have trouble remembering simple words, balancing a checkbook, if you get lost in familiar places or notice drastic changes in personality, behaviour or mood.

Today several drugs are available to treat a failing brain. Unfortunately, prescription drugs are often associated with diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache and dizziness. Luckily, nutraceuticals such as Remember-fX are usually better tolerated and safer. For those of us who find the lost keys in the sock drawer it may be time to try this medication. The cost for a month’s supply of 60 capsules (one taken twice daily on an empty stomach) is $18.99 and it’s currently available in Canada without a prescription. It is not available in the U.S.

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W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of The Harvard Medical School. He’s been a ship’s surgeon, hotel physician and family doctor and later trained in surgery at McGill in Montreal, University of Rochester N.Y. and Harvard. His medical column is published by 60 Canadian newspapers and several in the U.S. He is the author of seven books. Dr. Walker has a medical practice in Toronto. His Web site is: http://www.mydoctor.ca/gifford-jones



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