Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of
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The updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) placed a new emphasis on dietary patterns for lifelong health and prevention of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Thinking of brain-healthy eating as an overall pattern of dietary choices helps make it clear that protecting your brain isn’t as simple as eating a
Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been done and is ongoing, there is still no single definitive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, the official diagnostic criteria most recently updated in 2011 by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association rely primarily on clinical
A diet that supports heart and brain health is more than just eating an extra piece of fruit and occasionally eating salmon instead of steak. Rather than thinking solely in terms of individual foods or getting enough of certain vitamins and minerals, it’s important to focus on a healthy overall
Everyone experiences stress differently. What one person considers a catastrophic problem, another might see as an invigorating challenge. One thing we all have in common: the marks that chronic stress leave behind on our bodies and minds. From shrinking brains to inflamed arteries in the heart, stress can leave a
A quality diet can help keep your brain at a healthy size, according to findings from The Rotterdam Study, published in Neurology, May 16, 2018. The 4,447 participants were given an evaluation of their daily diet habits, along with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of their brains. The MRI
The more scientists learn about the brain, the more it appears that brain aging is not inevitable. Cognitive de-cline—once thought to be a normal aspect of growing older—may, in fact, be the product of un-healthy lifestyle choices that can be avoided.
“In the past decade or so, research has identified a
The human brain is a truly remarkable and highly complex organ. Neurons are the brain cells that carry messages throughout the brain, nervous system, and body. It’s estimated that healthy adults have around 100 billion neurons, each connecting to 10,000 other neurons—an impressive network indeed!
Brain atrophy “is a common feature
Q. Would you please describe the memory strategy called “spaced repetition?” I understand that it can be very helpful in reducing forgetfulness.
A. Spaced repetition—also called spaced retrieval—is a memory technique that requires practitioners to recall information that they have learned repeatedly, with the interval between recall efforts becoming progressively longer
Do you take vitamins for memory? Research suggests you should! For people with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s – or those who have a family history of either – be sure to add these B vitamins in your daily supplement pile.