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
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While a definitive link between body weight and memory loss has not yet been established, a number of studies suggest that controlling your weight may be a good way to protect your brain.
A high body mass index (BMI, a ratio of height to weight that is used to measure obesity),
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
When it comes to memory problems, we tend to focus on the challenges of recalling information. But in many cases, the issue isn’t an inability to reach back for stored memories. The problem is that the information was never really learned in the first place.
Memory starts with learning, which requires
Studies show a ketogenic diet can slow and even reverse symptoms of memory loss and cognitive impairment throughout all the dementia stages. You might be asking, “What is a ketogenic diet?”
A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet that produces ketones—compounds the body can use to produce energy.
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
Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart
If you watch much television, you’ve no doubt wondered whether your brain might get a boost from a protein “originally found in jellyfish.” Touted as the top-selling supplement in the amorphous category of “brain health,” the jellyfish-protein pills are likened to supplements you may already be taking for your heart
If you believe the advertisements and label claims of America’s booming supplement industry, there’s hardly any need to bother with an overall healthy dietary pattern or choosing foods associated with brain power benefits. Simply popping a pill—or a handful of pills—you can make up for any nutritional shortfalls in your
The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in