Here in Mexico I buy raw washed cacao beans by the kilo and eat occasionally mixed with nuts (yumyum bitter chocolate flavor), and also pan roast them into stunningly intense unsweetened and unprocessed chocolate I use in desserts. Yums and health together!!
Don’t mean to poop on your guys’ parade but I don’t think using laxatives (natural or otherwise) is going to help with dementia. The article suspects that it is the type of gut bacteria present that links constipation with mental decline.
Forget laxatives. Eat stuff that supports the right kind of bacteria in your intestines. Eat fermented stuff like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut, though I suggest not at the same time. In fact, eating those at the same time is probably a sign of dementia. One of the best foods for your gut is a Japanese fermented soy bean dish called Natto. It is pretty disgusting (an acquired taste?) so you really have to want to live to eat it.
Should also know that there is some evidence that regular laxative use is associated with higher risk of dementia, though this could just reflect the correlation between constipation and mental decline.
My GP recently retired, and we got shunted to another in the practice, a young whipper-snapper, probably about 40
One of the things he says is he recommends this exact product (Metamucil powder drink) to everyone, regardless of age, and almost regardless of condition. He said one of the primary problems people have is the train not moving regularly through the station, causing intestine problems, diverticulosis, and more. He says it’s one of the easiest and cheapest forms of prevention available.
He brought it up, I think, because I have an aortic aneurysm near the spine, and should it pop I’m done. (Think John Ritter, kind of). Straining to poop is probably a very bad idea for me especially, and for anyone else regardless of whether they have this particular issue or not.
For those who never saw “Road To Wellville”, one of the things Dr Kellogg advocated was cleaning people out with a series of enimas, then putting yogurt in, to start a new bacteria colony. The tail end of the trailer touches on that.
Older friend of mine is an EMT in a local valley town. He describes finding old pharts on the toilet straining and dead. He is serious. The halo he says is a ring of an artery around the brain, it can pop as well.
My dad, who’s a little over 80 now, only considers doctors that are around 40 years old. That’s because he’s tired of outliving doctors or having them retire on him. For each specialist he says “I want him to be my last doc in the field.”