12 of the Best Supplements to Improve Brain Function

supplements for brain functionEveryone wants optimal brain function both now and as they age, and nutrition plays a larger role than many people think. Eating a healthy diet is key in overall wellness, but individuals today typically do not get enough of the nutrients they need solely through their diets. Taking high-quality nutritional supplements can help make up the difference and optimize health.

Not all supplements are created equally,  so choosing supplements that have high-quality ingredients is important.  Continue reading “12 of the Best Supplements to Improve Brain Function”

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Habits May Offset Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s

dementiaA large study published in JAMA has found that a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these diseases. The study found that people with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to develop dementia versus those with low genetic risk and good habits.

The report, compiled by the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, assessed study participants’ lifestyles on these five lifestyle habits: Continue reading “5 Healthy Lifestyle Habits May Offset Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s”

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Get Smarter By Exercising!

dance-classStudies are showing that exercising regularly increases blood flow and improves the generation of new neurons in the area of our brain responsible for long-term memory. And with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia on the rise in the United States, exercise could be one component of lowering risk for developing dementia. According to the Harvard Health Blog, there is a new case of dementia detected every 4 seconds around the globe. Instead – get smarter by exercising!

Working on preventing brain disease can start at any age, and luckily, you can even get benefits when you’re in your senior years. Continue reading “Get Smarter By Exercising!”

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Yoga Keeps Your Mind Sharp

yoga-classDownward dogs and child pose may not just help you relax and keep you limber, but may also help with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Researchers from UCLA and Australia’s University of Adelaide compared yoga and meditation against memory training, which has often been considered the best way to manage mild cognitive impairment.

Participants had all shown signs of mild cognitive impairment, reporting problems with their memory such as easily misplacing things, or forgetting names, faces or appointments. Participants were divided into two groups. One group performed daily memory exercises and the other practiced yoga and meditation. Continue reading “Yoga Keeps Your Mind Sharp”

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New Study: Blueberries Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s

blueberries can help fight alzheimer'sAlzheimer’s disease is a devastating form of dementia that affects thinking, memory and behavior. A new study by Dr. Robert Krikorian and his team of colleagues from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center has found that eating blueberries can help fight Alzheimer’s.

The study followed two groups, one that was given the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries (in the form of blueberry powder) and the other, a placebo. The subjects were over the age of 68 and had some sort of mild cognitive impairment.

After 16 weeks, the group that was given the blueberry powder had a significant improvement in cognitive function over those who took the placebo. The benefits may be a result of flavonoids called anthocyanins, in which blueberries are rich. Continue reading “New Study: Blueberries Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s”

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