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 Posted 5/14/2013 12:59:00 PM
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I have a healthy lifestyle and take supplements, so at age 55 I'm very energetic. However, the last four months I often have what feel like "brain energy crashes." It usually happens 2 hours after a meal. My error rate shoots up. I start dropping things like I don't have enough brain power to move properly. Thinking is suddenly very difficult. I can be irritable, angry or feel hopeless. I do have hypoglycemia, but I eat every 3 hours, and have a good diet designed to maintain my blood sugar.

I work out 6 days a week and always have plenty of physical energy, but it feels like it's not getting to my brain. In the middle of my worst brain crash I could still do 30 minutes of weight lifting. I'm normal weight, but it seems odd that after boosting my fitness routine last December I haven't lost any weight, nor have I lost noticeable inches. As active as I am, it seems like I should be able to burn some fat and keep my brain going.

I'm on bio-HRT and take the following supplements:
. Tons of B vitamins (mostly the highly usable forms), including B12
. Ubiquinol 100 mg
. Tons of fish oil
. LEF Superbooster
. Niacin-bound chromium 200 mcg
. Acetyl-L-carnitine 500 mg
. Shilajit
. Phosphatidylserine 200 mg
. Vitamins C, D, mixed carotenoids
. Cal/mag/zinc/selenium/iodine
. Curcumin
. Jujube
. L-trypotphan, L-methionine
. Pycnogenol
. Carnosine
. R ALA
. Probiotics
. Lecithin, flaxseed

Any ideas or suggestions would be very welcome.
Thanks!
Elaine
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Your metabolism has slowed down.  Probably the best way to speed it up and lose weight is to take 100 mg - 200 mg of 7-Keto DHEA each day, all in the morning when you wake up.  You'll have to see what dosage level is right for you.
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 Posted 5/15/2013 6:58:17 AM
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Zork,  (love your name, as a kid in the '80s I loved the text-based computer RPG called "Zork")

You said, "tons of fish oil" and you also mentioned flax oil too.
There is such a thing as too much omega 3 oils, I don't know how much you are taking, but more than a couple of tablespoons per day possibly can present more risks than benefits.  Excess bleeding can be brought about by too much, including even brain hemorrhage.  Consider backing-off on the fish oils if your dosage is too extreme.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/993.html


Personally, I was disappointed with acetyl-L-carnitine, I was hoping for positive effects, something, anything . . .dud. I tried brain tests and all sorts of subjective assessments but came-out negligibly worse or at least exactly the same even after two weeks. When I increased the dosage to twice the recommended,  all I got was an over-raced feeling of anxiety.  I'll now just take one capsule per week until I empty the bottle and in the future stay to supplementing with just plain old L-carnitine unless I can figure out why the acetyl-L-carnitine didn't work for me.



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Fastingly: I take 5400 mg of fish oil, but I doubt I've overthinned my blood. Maybe this is only a problem for people who don't take vitamin K? I wish I could take l-carnitine, but even small doses are like speed in my system. I haven't seen much benefit from the acetyl-l-carnitine either.

Transpower: I'd been considering the 7-keto, but thought I should get a hormone blood test first.

I'd really like to understand is why my brain keeps running out of fuel. There's something critical here that's not working right.

Thanks!
Elaine
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Have you had your insulin levels checked when you had your glucose tolerance test?

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A few things to check/test:

1) Your symptoms sound like thyroid problems, perhaps hypothyroidism. Have you had your thyroid and function completely checked?

2) Why are you taking so much fish oil? That's too much! Salmon 2-3 times a week is all a healthy person needs. Straight from the Mayo Clinic of side effects of fish oil: Cognitive issues, depression, raising of blood sugar levels.

3) Supplement interaction. Cease all supplements for a month and see how you feel.

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I haven't checked insulin, but I just added it to my blood test order.

I have hypothyroidism and take Synthroid. I, too, thought this was low thyroid until I got a normal TSH result last month: 1.31. I'm retesting next month, just in case.

I take a lot of fish oil for inflammation (also why I take curcumin). I'm sure eating fish is better, if I could find some I liked, that wasn't toxic, and wasn't dishonestly-labeled escolar. Sigh.

Supplement interaction? I hadn't changed much around the time the problem began. It's a good idea though, so I'll try to do this later this year.

It's great to hear all the suggestions. It makes me feel less frustrated and lonely. Smile Thanks!
Elaine
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I hear a couple of correlations with your symptoms.

First and foremost a TSH test isn't completely accurate for diagnosis of hypothyroidism and many physicians make this mistake. Your doctor should be testing your T3/T4. Most notably your T3 count since this is the active form used by cells.

Your pituitary could be sending out proper amounts of TSH but that would not necessarily indicate the correct level of circulating active T3.  You could also have a problem converting the T4 to T3, the active form. Chronic inflammation can damage cells that convert T4 to T3. So right there your chronic inflammation may be part of the problem. This could cause fluctuating values and thus a variant of symptoms. Giving your body more thyroid hormone in the form of Synthroid can actually cause hormone resistance, suppressing the thyroid even more.

I did research to find information for you that explains what I'm referring to in greater detail.  Please read this article. >> CLICK HERE


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My time-tested thyroid protocol is here:  http://ask.lef.org/6444/Don't-Overlook-Your-Thyroid
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Continuing from my previous post ...

What you need to do is find out why your thyroid isn't normal. The goal is to cure you of your thyroid problems, not medicate you for the rest of your life.

The first thing would be to find out what is causing your chronic inflammation. Most likely it is diet related. So, you first need to start consuming an anti-inflammatory diet. Avoid the following: sugar, polyunsaturated oils, processed oils--such as encapsulated or bottled oils, trans fats (hydrogenated oils), red meat, dairy products, alcohol, white flour and refined grains, deep fried foods, soy products, food additives, and smoking.

Next is to decrease stress. Stress can accumulate over the years to where it becomes chronic and hard to notice. Stress can depress thyroid function. Get adequate sleep, don't overwork yourself, take breaks and vacations, start tai chi or yoga. Exercise regularly.

There is an old, wise thought that goes something like this... When an organ is failing or not acting normal, it's not because the organ is failing on its own but because there are other factors causing the organ to fail. In an otherwise healthy individual who isn't suffering from genetic or age-related diseases, this is usually due to things a person is doing or not doing - This is where you need to start first.

To sum it up start here first:

1) Anti-inflammatory diet
2) Rest, relaxation and stress reduction
3) Exercise regularly


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