“Look!” Genève cried excitedly, jabbing her French-painted fingernail at the news item. “According to Dr. Bernadine Healy, women who drink more than three cups of coffee a day may reduce their risk of dementia. Something about caffeine functioning as a neuron shield. Such a deal!” I looked at the article spread out on the counter in front of us. It was addressing a recent report in the journal Neurology from the French medical research institute INSERM. “But my stomach doesn’t do well with coffee,” she added.

“Mine either,” I replied, “although caffeine is the most widely used behaviorally-active drug in the world. And there can be some unfortunate side effects with that much caffeine (e.g., inhibit memory retention, reduce one’s ability to focus) that I prefer to avoid.”

Genève opened her hands in an expansive gesture. “Well, I sure would like to protect my brain from the onslaught of Alzheimer’s! What shall we do?”

“There is an alternative,” I said. “The amino acid L-theanine, an ingredient in green tea, has shown tremendous potential for calming, protecting, and restoring the brain, especially in combination with a small amount of caffeine. This is the approach Greg and Brenda Im took with their new product, delta-E™. It contains a synergistic blend of natural bioactives, which support healthy brain and nerve function.” I paused. “Maybe delta-E™ would help your second brain, too.”

I waited a moment for that to sink in. Sure enough her eyes took on a deer-in-the-headlights look and she echoed, “Second brain?” That gave me the opportunity to talk about a discovery neurocardiologists have made. The heart contains neurons that are virtually identical to those in the brain, that function with the same types of axonal and dendritic connections, and that use the same types of neurotransmitters. What’s more, they communicate continually with the brain neurons.

We chatted for a few more minutes about IMPaX products and brain health. “I can hardly wait until dinner tonight,” Genève said as we prepared to leave. “It’s our 15th wedding anniversary.” Her mouth widened into a delicious conspiratorial smile. “When my husband tells me I’m a wonderful wife—and I know he will—I’ll respond with, 'Naturally, dear. I have a second brain!' What a great conversation starter that’ll be!” She moved toward the door. “I’ll be checking out delta-E™, too, for both of us!” Her infectious laughter floated back.

If the researched conclusions addressed in that article hold up under further study, I mused, just imagine how excited people will be about delta-E™ and its potential for not only helping to restore the aging brain but also to delay some age-related deficits.

I couldn’t help chuckling as I walked to my car. My brain was envisioning an IMPaX cartoon showing a centenarian’s alert and well-functioning brain. The caption would read: “This is your brain on delta-E™...” The 21st century is a good time to be alive on this planet!

©Arlene R. Taylor PhD


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