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
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Researchers have identified a number of herbal and nutritional supplements that can prevent or slow the progression of memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. But four stand out as being especially effective.
Because symptoms of mild cognitive impairment and dementia don’t manifest until years or decades after they
You do not need to devote weeks and months to mental training to reap long-term benefits, suggests a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In fact, as few as 10 sessions of hour-long brain exercises can improve cognitive function, and the effect can last for up
Eating chocolate used to be considered unhealthy; but recent discoveries show dark chocolate isn’t unhealthy at all. In fact, chocolate benefits are so substantial it is being called the latest “brain food.”
One of the fastest-growing segments of the dietary supplement industry is the market for products claiming to protect your memory or “boost” your brainpower. These range from mega-doses of vitamins your body does actually need (though not necessarily in such quantity) to novel concoctions such as Asian herbal remedies or
Alzheimer’s disease treatment is, in many respects, still a question in search of a definitive answer. No Alzheimer medication can halt the forward progress of the disease or prevent its ultimate devastation on the lives of those who have it.
Yet Alzheimer dementia medications are available that can help relieve some
Exercise—it’s the only universal recommendation I make to every single patient, without exception. Exercise benefits cardiovascular health and improves muscle function, balance, and coordination. It reduces the risk of certain cancers, too, especially those related to obesity, including endometrial cancer and breast cancer. It’s the only demonstrable way to improve
Hormone Therapy Linked With Healthier Bones
Postmenopausal women who are treated with hormone therapy (HT) to ease menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, have better bone mass and structure than women who don’t take HT, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers used dual
At this time, Alzheimer’s disease treatment is more about managing symptoms than about stopping or reversing the disease course. Existing therapies can’t cure Alzheimer’s, but they can help relieve some of its most troubling symptoms, and make life easier for both those with the condition, and their caregivers. New treatments
The popularity of computerized brain-fitness programs seems to be steadily growing—but so, too, is a lively debate among experts about whether these programs actually work.
A Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) expert says the programs can be helpful if they replace activities that do not provide brain stimulation, such as watching television,