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Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

Brain Vitamins: Do They Work?

The statistics on vitamin and other dietary supplement use in the United States are staggering, and the numbers appear to be on the rise. A 2016 CRN Consumer Survey showed the percentage of Americans taking dietary supplements—everything from multi-vitamins to “brain vitamins” to calcium pills to weight-loss supplements—to be at

Music and Meditation Help the Brain

A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems


Beautiful things happen when we eat well and move our bodies. The complex interactions between the foods that we eat, how those foods fuel our bodies and muscles, and how food and movement can have independent and synergistic effects on our health, is profound. Nutrition and physical activity go hand

Exercise and Your Brain: Should You Sweat It?

While observational studies have shown an association between physical activity and lower rates of mental decline, findings from randomized clinical trials have been mixed. And now the largest and longest such trial has reported surprisingly disappointing results: The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study, a 24-month trial involving

High Blood Pressure in Mid-Life May Cause or Aggravate Dementia

An expert panel of the American Heart Association (AHA) has found consistent evidence that high blood pressure in midlife (age 40-64) is associated with impaired cognitive function in mid- and later life.
When high blood pressure develops after age 64, its impact on brain function is less clear, the panel explained

Should You Take a Multivitamin?

Since the early 1940s, when multivitamin/mineral supplements first became available, Americans have popped countless such pills in hopes of “nutritional insurance” and making up for any dietary shortfalls. Today, more than one-third of all Americans take a multivitamin, and multivitamins alone account for more than 40% of all vitamin and

5 Weather-Proof Workout Strategies

Physical activity tends to dip in bad weather. Skipping exercise for long stretches could cheat your health. “Maintaining your fitness level through regular exercise confers a multitude of benefits ranging from im-proved insulin sensitivity to better cognitive health,” says Jennifer Sacheck, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School. “Exercise

7. Living Brain-Healthy

The Benefits of Activity
We’ve seen how smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline. But the truth is that the most important lifestyle changes you make for your brain happen between meals: To maximize your chances of maintaining peak brain power as you age, increase your level

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