Protect your memory with something you enjoy eating.
The reviewed research first mapped out the precise brain location for age-related dysfunction using functional MRI.
The researchers then had 50-69 year old participants either consume a high or a low cocoa flavanol diet for 3 months(Brickman AM,et al. 2014).
The results showed that a high flavanol diet was found to enhance dentate gurus function, that is the function related to memory dysfunction, when measured with functional MRI and cognitive testing.
To increase your cocoa flavanol intake you can either eat some dark chocolate with a high flavanol content or drink some cocoa. Dark chocolate and cocoa are bitter; for that reason sugar is added of course, so be sure to watch your sugar levels with chocolate. The more bitter you can handle the better.
Specific spice can benefit your brain.
Spices can benefit your health, especially saffron.
46 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease were assessed for cognitive function and either given 15 mg of saffron twice a day for 16 weeks or a placebo (Akhondzadeh S, et al. 2010).
The saffron produced significantly better results on cognition than the placebo.
What kind of side effects can you expect if you take saffron?
Well, if you feel depressed, you may get in a better mood.
When researchers compared saffron and Prozac while treating patients with mild to moderate depression, they found that saffron worked as well as Prozac (Noorbala AA, et al. 2005).
Easy way to reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease.
The reviewed research followed 1,658 adults who were free from dementia, cardiovascular disease and stroke for an average of 5.6 years (Littlejohns TJ, et al. 2014).
Vitamin D levels (25-hydroxy vitamin D) were measured from blood samples.
It was found that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk for both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
For most people 2000 IU daily of vitamin D 3 is enough to maintain a good level of vitamin D. That should be easy to manage, and if you also get out in the sun a little bit without sunscreen, you should be even better off.
Contains Vitamin D3 the most bio-active form of supplemental vitamin D.
Vitamin D is important for both bone formation and immune function.
Elevated levels of common lab test associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's.
There is no single test available at the time to specifically diagnose Alzheimer’s disease or to only show the risk for it. New research, however, indicates that a common test like fasting glucose may tell us something about the risk (Burns CM, et al. 2014).
When regional cerebral metabolic rate for glucose in brain regions usually affected by Alzheimer disease was measured, a correlation with fasting glucose levels was found. Higher fasting glucose levels in cognitively normal, non diabetic adults were correlated with lower regional cerebral metabolic rate.
This means that higher fasting glucose levels may be associated with the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease and increase the risk for this disease.
What is the solution? A diet consisting of high nutrient, low glycemic index food, exercise and meditation for better handling of stress. This type of lifestyle will also reduce the risk for all other chronic conditions as well.
Taking this vitamin regularly could reduce your risk for dementia.
The reviewed research included 1658 elderly participants who were free from dementia at the start of the study(Littlejohns TJ et al. 2014).
The vitamin they were tested for was vitamin D.
During the average follow-up of 5.6 years, 171 participants developed dementia including 102 cases of Alzheimer’s disease.
The researchers concluded that the results confirmed that vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In my experience, just by taking 2000 IU of vitamin D 3 per day would keep you above the level of what this research indicates as increased risk for dementia.
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Research documents an easy way to slow brain shrinkage.
Brain size makes a difference when it comes to memory.
The problem is that the brain shrinks as we age. If we could prevent that, we could also help prevent memory loss as we get older. That is what the reviewed research investigated (Daiello LA, et.al. 2014).
The participants were assessed with neuropsychological tests and brain magnetic resonance imaging every 6 months. The participants that used fish oil supplements during the follow up had a significantly better outcome on the neuropsychological tests which indicated better cognition.
Not only that, but the fish oil use was also associated with less atrophy (brain loss) in one or more brain regions related to memory.
The active ingredients of omega 3 fish oil is EPA and DHA, so if you are going to take fish oil, you want to use a product that has high amounts of EPA, DHA.