A looming threat to seniors today is cognitive decline, most commonly, Alzheimer’s disease. Of people over 65, 50% report age-related forgetfulness. There are 6.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the expectation is that number will double every five years.
Every day, advances in science and technology are increasing longevity and enhancing the quality of life for many. While there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, experts agree that new approaches to Alzheimer’s therapies are needed, including noninvasive, drug-free solutions that fit the dynamic lifestyles of today’s aging population.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most highly researched but least understood neurological challenges. It is the most common form of dementia, and is characterized by the accumulation of two types of protein in the brain: tangles (tau) and plaques (beta amyloid).
Consistent emerging research highlights the positive impact of 40Hz light therapy as a noninvasive technique to reduce beta amyloid plaques. Using lights flickering at a specific 40Hz (40 cycles per second) frequency, Researchers have shown that they can substantially reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease. After one hour of exposure at 40Hz, the researchers found a 40–50% reduction in the levels of beta amyloid proteins in the hippocampus. Stimulation at other frequencies, ranging from 20 to 80Hz, did not produce this decrease.
There is a hereditary component to Alzheimer’s. People whose parents or siblings have the disease are at a slightly higher risk of developing it themselves. However, a growing body of research shows that by modifying lifestyles and routines individuals can reduce the risk of developing the disease.
Although Alzheimer’s risk goes up with age, adults of all ages can work toward prevention. Adopting wellness routines that reduce high blood pressure can also work against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These factors also work to support brain health, leading experts to believe that the best way to avoid Alzheimer’s is prevention.
40Hz light therapy has been shown to slow the progression of early-stages of Alzheimer’s disease and when combined with healthy lifestyle habits, may even prevent it.
Alzheimer’s is called a family disease, because the ongoing effect of watching a loved one decline takes an emotional toll on everyone. Family caregivers feel better knowing that there’s something you can do to help —something that’s supported by scientific studies.
Deep sleep is like a power cleanse for your brain, and poor sleep might be a predictor of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have strongly linked the impact of 40Hz light to better sleep patterns. A research study from MIT showed daily exposure to 40Hz up to 85% improvement in sleep fragmentation.
The healthy human brain contains billions of neurons that process and transmit information via electrical and chemical signals oscillating at roughly 30 to 100Hz. Gamma frequencies in the brain are associated with high-order cognitive function. Alzheimer’s disease slows the gamma rhythms and disrupts this communication among neurons, resulting in loss of function and cell death. 40Hz light therapy entrains the brain to mimic healthy rhythms and is known to improve memory and attention.
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