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Protect your memory with something you enjoy eating.

Posted by on 8:28 am Anti-aging, Brain, Cognition, Dementia, Memory | 0 comments

pieces of chocolate on whiteThe 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.

 

Brickman AM, Khan UA, Provenzano FA, Yeung LK, Suzuki W, Schroeter H, Wall M, Sloan RP, Small SA. Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults. Nat Neurosci. 2014 Dec;17(12):1798-803. doi: 10.1038/nn.3850. Epub 2014 Oct 26.

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Specific spice can benefit your brain.

Posted by on 12:41 am Brain, Dementia, Depression, Memory | 0 comments

7055d94a-21c7-4447-b7ec-6b960e70f9c9Spices 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).

 

 

 

Akhondzadeh S, Sabet MS, Harirchian MH, Togha M, Cheraghmakani H, Razeghi S, Hejazi SSh, Yousefi MH, Alimardani R, Jamshidi A, Zare F, Moradi A. Saffron in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease: a 16-week, randomized and placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2010 Oct;35(5):581-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2710.2009.01133.x.

Easy way to reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Posted by on 8:58 am Bone density, bone loss, Brain, Dementia, Vitamin D | 0 comments

Beautiful lady enjoying on a sailboat.Copy spaceThe 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.

 

 

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Littlejohns TJ, Henley WE, Lang IA, Annweiler C, Beauchet O, Chaves PH, Fried L, Kestenbaum BR, Kuller LH, Langa KM, Lopez OL, Kos K, Soni M, Llewellyn DJ. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2014 Sep 2;83(10):920-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000755. Epub 2014 Aug 6.

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Elevated levels of common lab test associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's.

Posted by on 6:46 pm Brain, Cognition, Dementia, General Health, Glucose, Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, Low glycemic meals | 0 comments

img_salad_steakThere 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.

 

 

 

Burns CM1, Chen K, Kaszniak AW, Lee W, Alexander GE, Bandy D, Fleisher AS, Caselli RJ, Reiman EM.Higher serum glucose levels are associated with cerebral hypometabolism in Alzheimer regions. Neurology. 2013 Apr 23;80(17):1557-64. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31828f17de. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Taking this vitamin regularly could reduce your risk for dementia.

Posted by on 6:00 pm Brain, Cognition, Dementia, General Health, Memory, Supplements, Tissue Recovery Blog, Vitamin D | 0 comments

FullSizeRender2The 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.

Find our Vitamin D formula here.

 

 

 

 

  Littlejohns TJ, Henley WE, Lang IA, Annweiler C, Beauchet O, Chaves PH, Fried L, Kestenbaum BR, Kuller LH, Langa KM, Lopez OL, Kos K, Soni M, Llewellyn DJ. Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2014 Sep 2;83(10):920-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000755. Epub 2014 Aug 6.

Research documents an easy way to slow brain shrinkage.

Posted by on 9:03 am Anti-aging, Brain, Dementia, Omega-3, fish oil, Supplements | 0 comments

Human Brain PartsBrain 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.

 

 

 

Daiello LA1, Gongvatana A2, Dunsiger S3, Cohen RA2, Ott BR4; Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. Association of fish oil supplement use with preservation of brain volume and cognitive function. Alzheimer’s Dement. 2014 Jun 18. pii: S1552-5260(14)00079-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.02.005. [Epub ahead of print]