The ancient Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec peoples were onto something about the benefits of chocolate when they began consuming it, mostly in the form of cocoa beverages, some 3,500 years ago. Today science is finding that phytochemical compounds called flavanols found in dark chocolate—the darker, the better—and cocoa have cardiovascular
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Research shows that when you’re consistently sad, pessimistic, or moody you may have a serotonin deficiency that you can treat yourself by using serotonin supplements. The four natural serotonin supplements presented here have all been shown to help treat serotonin deficiency symptoms such as depression, insomnia, and more by increasing
Healthy eating is essential to keeping your brain in peak condition. Brain cells need a rich and varied supply of vitamins and nutrients to grow and function properly, and to resist and repair damage. Important elements supplied by foods help protect your brain from free radicals (unstable molecules that damage
Unlike cancer, which is often described by the stage of the disease, the degree of dementia affecting a person isn’t typically discussed in terms of numbered stages. Dementia tends to be described as mild (“early”), moderate (“middle”) or severe (“late”).
But there are scales that offer more thorough descriptions of each
Doctors routinely measure blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, because high levels are strongly associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and bringing these levels down through diet, exercise, and appropriate medication may lower risk. Some researchers suggest that another measure, homocysteine (ho-mo-SIS-teen) levels, should be added to
Loneliness—highlighted in one of this month’s News Briefs—affects about a third of older adults. While occasional loneliness is normal, chronic loneliness has been associated with poor physical and mental health. Lonely people report feeling more stress than non-lonely people, even when they are relaxing. Loneliness also is a major precipitant
Hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by autoimmune thyroid disease, a disorder in the body that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s thyroid gland.
The attack renders the thyroid incapable of producing enough thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism working at a normal pace, leading, ultimately, to fatigue and
It’s no surprise that fruits and vegetables play a dominant role in brain-healthy patterns of eating, just as they do in healthy diets for your body as a whole. But it may be that eating fruits and vegetables helps protect your brain beyond general health benefits. Specific types of produce
We live in a time of great distraction, and a growing number of people are having trouble concentrating long before any age-related cognitive changes set in. To see if brain training could help people reclaim their focus, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge developed and tested an