Chiropractic Meridian ID Plasmalogens Hero

It is no surprise that chronic illnesses continue to rise and there is a need
for novel therapies. Americans are on more medications and spend more
on medications than ever before. Despite this, we are sicker than ever
before and many will spend more of their life sick and on medications than
not.

What if there was a marker and therapy that could be used to prevent
certain illnesses from occurring or even reverse their progress if the illness is
identified soon enough? There happens to be growing evidence for this
marker in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, and more?

I want to introduce you to plasmalogens, this is going to be an in-depth
article for those that want to understand this novel lipid. If you are interested in how plasmalogens in Meridian ID affect your health, read on.


WHAT ARE PLASMALOGENS IN MERIDIAN ID?

Phospholipids are a form of fat. This fat, known as a phospholipid, forms
cellular membranes which are barriers that protect cells in the body. Think
about the cell as a castle with a wall completely around it. The production
of everything occurs in the castle but the wall controls what goes in and
out. The wall is meant to protect the castle. The same thing is true for cells.
There is a cellular membrane which is like the wall and the castle is all the
other components of the cell.

Plasmalogens are a subtype of phospholipids and account for nearly 20%
of all phospholipids. Think about what happens if plasmalogen or total
phospholipid content is reduced, what happens? Since these are used to
create the cellular membrane, aka barrier, the cell isn’t going to be able to
function properly and is vulnerable to damage.

Plasmalogens not only help to maintain cellular membranes but ultimately
reduce inflammation by acting as antioxidants and reducing oxidative
stress. Basically, during chemical reactions in the body, there are oxidative
stress which causes damage, while this is good to an extent, too much is a
problem.

Plasmalogens increase in amount until about the age of 40 in healthy
individuals. It should remain steady until about the age of 70 when there
is a steep decrease.


PLASMALOGEN DEFICIENCY AND DISEASES

Research has been conducted over the past 10-20 years on plasmalogens
and a variety of conditions. The research is only going to continue to
increase. In the references below there will be links to a variety of research
studies.

Research shows that there are significantly reduced levels of plasmalogens
in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, and many
other diseases.

The question that naturally comes to mind is if we know reduced levels are
bad is there a way to test for it? Yes, there are tests that can be done to
evaluate for deficiency. My personal preference is to perform these tests in
the preventative stages versus full-blown disease. For example, if you are
worried about getting Alzheimer’s then you should know these levels in
your 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Research to date supports that those with the highest
plasmalogen levels have by far the lowest risk and it helps to mitigate
the negative effects of APOE genes (1). This can be used as a way to build
strength in your system so when the storm comes to challenge your brain
that you have a greater chance of doing well.

What if you don’t do the test right as a preventative measure? You can still
perform it once you have a diagnosis but it will only likely confirm what has
previously been studied is that these levels will be low. At that point, I prefer
to have patients invest in treatment and not labs that will support what is
already known.

Depending on what you are dealing with, evaluating these levels would
best occur at different ages. For example, if you’ve had diabetes since you
were 25 then it would be of more value to know where you are at, even if
you are 35.


ACHIEVING HEALTHY PLASMALOGEN LEVELS

By this point you have a decent understanding of not only what
plasmalogens are but why it is important to have healthy levels.

Dietary phospholipids are from eggs, meat, fish, and dairy. Remember
absorption is in the intestines. After being absorbed these may be
converted into plasmalogens. It is important to make sure you are getting a
well-rounded diet that includes protein and healthy fats.

Unfortunately, as noted above, as we age plasmalogens go down, and it
isn’t possible to consume enough in our nutrition alone.

There are nutritional supplements that have been created that provide the
necessary building supplies for the body to increase these levels.

For example, plasmalogen replacement for 6 months improved 7 out of 8
domains in those with Parkinson’s disease (2)


WHAT TO DO NEXT

By now you should have a good idea about plasmalogens, why they are
important, and that there are ways to improve them. Needless to say, they
seem like one of the best breakthroughs in degenerative brain conditions,
but with that being said it is still early and more research is needed. I for
one am very excited about the potential results this will be able to deliver
that other therapies haven’t been able to in the past.

Plasmalogens like any therapy shouldn’t be mistaken as the cure-all. They
are part of a comprehensive plan and work best when they are added to a
healthy diet, physical exercise, adequate sleep, and any lab findings are
being addressed.

Research:

1. Goodenowe, D. B., & Senanayake, V. (2019). Relation of Serum Plasmalogens
and APOE Genotype to Cognition and Dementia in Older Persons in a
Cross-Sectional Study. Brain sciences, 9(4), 92.
https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9040092

2. Mawatari, S., Ohara, S., Taniwaki, Y., Tsuboi, Y., Maruyama, T., & Fujino, T.
(2020). Improvement of Blood Plasmalogens and Clinical Symptoms in
Parkinson’s Disease by Oral Administration of Ether Phospholipids: A Preliminary
Report. Parkinson’s disease, 2020, 2671070.
https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/2671070