The FDA’s decision to approve the controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm has touched off a civil war within the conventional medical establishment. It’s a sight to behold!
Aduhelm, like all of Big Pharma’s other Alzheimer’s drugs, doesn’t work. It’s been proven not to work, but the FDA followed its marching orders from Big Pharma and approved it anyway.
And it costs a staggering $56,000 a year.
Several members of the FDA’s scientific advisory panel have resigned in protest, including Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim of Harvard Medical School. In his letter of resignation, he called it “probably the worst drug approval decision in recent U.S. history.”1
Dr. Kesselheim is 100% correct. It’s what I’ve been saying all along: The FDA and its Big Pharma cronies are utterly corrupt.
The fact is, Big Pharma is in business to make a profit. Period.
That’s why they’ll never tell you about the special nutrients available right now… that will help you protect yourself and your loved ones from this dreaded disease.
But I will. And today I’m going to share with you how to enjoy robust mental functioning your entire life.
‘Strong Evidence’ THIS Slams the
Brakes on Alzheimer’s
The most encouraging development in brain health right now is probably sitting in your spice rack. It’s a dried flower that fuels your brain: Saffron.
Saffron has been used for centuries in traditional Persian medicine to treat mood and memory problems.
Now, clinical trials are showing:
- “Significant improvement” in cognitive tests for 46 Alzheimer’s patients who took 30 mg of saffron daily for 16 weeks.2
- “Strong evidence” saffron’s main ingredient, crocin, has “beneficial effects in delaying progression of AD in patients.”3
- It’s as effective as prescription drugs in combating depression and reducing anxiety… conditions frequently exhibited by Alzheimer’s patients.4
- Saffron is at least as effective as prescription drugs in staving off cognitive decline – without the nasty side effects.5
Saffron works because its powerful antioxidants shield brain cells from damage caused by oxidative stress.
It also inhibits acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme that breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This means more vital acetylcholine flowing between nerve synapses, contributing to stronger brainpower and better memory.
…And who doesn’t want that?
Supercharging Your Brain With Saffron
Saffron can only be harvested by hand during a narrow four-week window that runs from October to November.
A single gram of saffron can cost between $6 and $10. (Buy in quantity and it’s cheaper.)
At those prices, some merchants try to increase their profits by mixing saffron with less expensive ingredients. One way to avoid that is to look for an extract with a registered-trademark, such as Affron®, Satiereal®, or Safranal.® These are thoroughly tested.
I prefer the actual dried stigma of the saffron flower – the most complete, natural form.
But you have to know how to tell if what you’re getting is genuine. Here’s how:
Real saffron has thin red threads shaped like tiny, elongated trumpets. They’re thicker on one end than the other. Rub real saffron threads between your fingers and your skin turns yellowish-orange.
Put a few genuine saffron filaments in cold water and the water gradually takes on a yellowish hue – not red as you might expect. (If the water remains clear or turns red, it’s a fake.)
Also, the immersed threads retain their tell-tale deep red color. Fake threads – often made from dyed corn silk – tend to blanch.
Studies suggest 30 mg is a therapeutic serving. The extracts are about 88 mg.
A daily serving of up to 1.5 grams is safe, but that’s way more than you’ll need.
I like saffron in my tea, either hot or iced… you only need three or four threads per cup. So while it’s expensive, a little goes a long way.
Here’s a refreshing saffron-peach iced tea recipe. Combining it with rooibos and matcha makes it a real brain-health elixir… your taste buds and your brain will love it!
- 4 rooibos tea bags
- 1 pinch red saffron
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1 fresh peach, sliced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups hot water
- Ice cubes
- Put the rooibos and matcha in an oversized mug or bowl. Pour hot (not boiling!) water over the top. Stir.
- Sprinkle in saffron threads… steep for 10-15 minutes.
- Discard the tea bags, but be sure to keep the saffron threads in the tea.
- Put half of the peach slices in a large pitcher and cover with ice. Pour in the tea.
- Add lemon juice, more ice, and the remaining peach slices.
- Use cold filtered water to fill the pitcher… feel free to add wild honey or agave to sweeten to your taste. Enjoy!
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
1 Haridy, Rich. “FDA Alzheimer’s Call Slammed as ‘Worst Drug Approval in Recent US History.’” New Atlas, 18 June 2021, New Atlas website. Accessed 7 July 2021.
2 Akhondzadeh, Shahin, and Mansoureh Togha. “Saffron in the Treatment of Patients with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: A 16-Week, Randomized and Placebo-Controlled Trial.” ResearchGate, Oct. 2010.
3 Saeedi, Mohammad, and Ali Rashidy-Pour. “Association between Chronic Stress and Alzheimer’s Disease: Therapeutic Effects of Saffron.” Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy Journal, 20 Nov. 2020.
4 Siddiqui, Mohammad, et al. “Saffron (Crocus Sativus L.): As an Antidepressant.” Journal of Pharmacy and Bioallied Sciences, vol. 10, no. 4, 2018, p. 173.
5 Akhondzadeh, Shahin, and Mansoureh Togha. “Saffron in the Treatment of Patients with Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: A 16-Week, Randomized and Placebo-Controlled Trial.” ResearchGate, Oct. 2010.