Is This the Secret Weapon Against Chronic Fatigue, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease?
Sunday, June 15th 2003
NADH is short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide a co-enzyme of vitamin B3 and is available as ENADA. A co-enzyme is the active, or working form of a vitamin and NADH which is present in every living cell, is one of the most important co-enzymes in the human brain and body. It helps transform the amino acid tyrosine into dopamine, a brain chemical heavily involved in energy, as well as mood, concentration, memory, muscle movement and libido.
NADH has the ability to enhance memory, energy and athletic performance. But far more exciting is its potential for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Backed by Research
Following intensive research organised by Birkmayer Laboratories of Vienna, Austria, NADH was made available to consumers. The Director of the institute Dr George Birkmayer M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Medicine and Clinical Chemistry is a world leader in medical research specialising in cancer biology and neurochemistry. His work in the latter field focused on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases which he had been researching for over 20 years.
Help for Parkinson's Disease
Following considerable research he treated 885 Parkinson patients with NADH, 415 intravenously and 470 orally. Both groups showed overall good response to treatment. Especially in motor improvements, walking, pushing, posture and speech; some patients also demonstrated cognitive and emotional improvements. So successful was the trial that Birkmayer was able to reduce or even eliminate other anti-Parkinson medications in some patients.
Benefits for Alzheimer's
Following this success and the similarities between Parkinson's and Alzheimer's he decided to trial NADH on Alzheimer's patients. The reason many symptoms such as loss of memory and communication skills, impaired judgement, disorientation in time and space manifest is a deficiency in key neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenalin and acetylcholine. NADH declines with age but is exaggerated in Alzheimer's patients.
Seventeen patients with mild cognitive decline to severe dementia were given 10mg of NADH every morning, 30 minutes before breakfast for 8 to 12 weeks. After just two weeks the researchers observed a 240% increase in NADH activity along with noticeable improvements in memory and cognitive function. Such encouraging results led to an Food and Drug Administration approved study of NADH being set up at a leading USA medical institution.
Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
NADH may also offer hope to the millions of people throughout the world with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In a study conducted at Georgetown University's International Immunology Centre in Washington D.C. 19 of 26 CFS patients improved after taking NADH.
It is important to understand that all these studies were carried out with a special unique form of NADH developed by Dr Birkmayer called ENADA.
Usage and Dosage:
Alzheimer's: 10mg each morning. CFS: 2.5mg twice daily for 10 days, then 5mg twice daily. Take with water on an empty stomach and wait at least 20 to 30 minutes before eating or drinking.
Reproduced unabridged from the April- June 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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