Everyone 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”
Research has found that next to aging, the most influential factors in determining one’s susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease are lifestyle and environmental factors. Things like sleep, stress, exercise and meditation can all help improve cognitive function and maybe even delay the onset of dementia.
Exercise: Aerobic exercise has been shown to increase the size of the hippocampus, one of the primary brain regions for memory and cognitive function. Plus, when you exercise, you generally feel better about yourself. When you feel healthy, you look better, blood flow to the brain is improved and your body runs better altogether. Continue reading “Brain Health Series: Lifestyle Choices”
A 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”
Studies 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!”
Research is showing more connections between some medications and cognitive impairment.
Earlier this year, a study showed a link between proton pump inhibitor use and an increased risk of dementia among seniors. Now, researchers are also recommending that older adults avoid using over-the-counter products such as nighttime cold medicines, sleep aids, night-time pain relievers and antihistamine medications due to their links to cognitive impairment. Using brain imaging techniques, scientists at Indiana University School of Medicine, found lower metabolism and reduced brain sizes in study participants taking drugs known to have an anticholinergic (AC) effect, meaning they block acetylcholine, a chemical involved in the transmission of electrical impulses between nerve cells. Continue reading “More Links Between Medications and Cognitive Impairment”