The many health benefits of blueberries may surprise you: They have a positive effect on everything from your heart to your blood vessels to your brain. Let’s start with some blueberry basics: A one-cup serving of blueberries contains just 80 calories and 0.5 grams of fat while delivering almost 25
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Eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate benefits health in many ways. In fact, chocolate is now considered an anti-aging, anti-inflammatory “superfood” for the brain and body.
Studies examining the health benefits of chocolate continue to reveal new and exciting chocolate benefits, particularly in the realms of cognitive function, mood, and heart/
Fats, Carbohydrates, and Protein
You hear a lot about “nutrients,” by which people typically mean vitamins, minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients such as flavonoids. The fundamental nutrients, however, are the familiar fats, carbohydrates, and protein. These are so basic to the nutritional quality of the foods we eat that their relative
We’ve explored the many ways a healthy dietary pattern, such as Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults, can help protect your heart and brain. Our 10-day plan and sample recipes have given you practical examples you can use to improve your diet. Diet is only part of the equation, however: Getting
There’s still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But as more is learned about factors that increase risk as well as factors that decrease risk, many experts in the field believe that one key to tackling Alzheimer’s may lie in prevention.
While there is no sure fire recipe for preventing Alzheimer’s disease,
Though no single test exists that can definitively identify Alzheimer’s, scientists are now able to diagnose the disease while it’s still in its early stages. Blood tests, brain scans, and even some cognitive tests may be able to spot the presence of beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s markers before symptoms appear.
Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.
Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and
Do you find yourself ransacking your brain in search of elusive memories and coming up empty? You may be having problems with your long-term memory, and, if so, you can do something about it.
“As people grow older, the formation and retrieval of memories becomes more challenging,” says MGH neuropsychologist Lauren
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
Most of the time, memory blips are due to normal age-related changes, but sometimes memory complaints can herald the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—a stage of memory loss that represents the first signs of dementia in many individuals. Taking a memory loss test can help determine whether you or