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Go on a fast to improve brain health and live longer

Posted March 10, 2014

Mention the word, “fasting” and it’s bound to raise eyebrows. Some say it’s a great way to recharge our system and put our bodies on track while others are adamant that it’s harmful, suggesting that it throws our bodies out of whack. Where do researchers at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore side? They shun the latter statement, saying that fasting is good for us. So good, in fact, that it benefits our brains and promotes longevity. Take that, naysayers.

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Blueberry-Based Formula Boosts Brain Skills

Posted February 28, 2014

A persistent and common fear among aging adults is the decline and/or loss of the abilities to think, remember, and learn. Paula C Bickford, from the University of South Florida (Florida, USA), and colleagues have developed a formulation containing extracts from blueberries and green tea combined with vitamin D3 and amino acids – notably carnosine.

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Brain cells may be changed by learning new ideas

Posted February 28, 2014

Function determines brain structure in the same way as structure determines function. What this means is the human brain always has potential for change and negativistic views by psychiatrists that people whom they label as suffering from mental illness have fixed structural defects in the brain represent a backwards view of the potential of the human brain to be nurtured not just by good nutrition, but also by learning, and move forward.

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Exercise and Your Brain

Posted February 20, 2014

In this health minute Deborah Ray talks about the importance of exercise when it comes to the health of your brain.

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Polyphenol supplements improve brain function in older adults

Posted February 17, 2014

One of the unfortunate realities of growing older is that, over time, cognitive acuity tends to fade as a result of oxidative stress and inflammation, two of the most significant factors associated with early aging and chronic disease. But new research out of Florida has found that the aging process can be significantly slowed through a high intake of antioxidants, particularly those found naturally in blueberries.

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Fish oil dramatically improves brain health

Posted February 13, 2014

Researchers have known for quite some time that fish oil is highly beneficial to optimal human health. These benefits include better brain health, which is why so many manufacturers of infant milk substitutes rushed to add both DHA and omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids found in high quantities in fish, to their products. Some recent research has shown that these benefits go beyond the developing brains of the smallest people and can help people of all ages enjoy a dramatic increase in the health of their brains.

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Excess weight linked to brain changes that may relate to memory, emotions, and appetite

Posted February 12, 2014

Being overweight appears related to reduced levels of a molecule that reflects brain cell health in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in memory, learning, and emotions, and likely also involved in appetite control, according to a new study.

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Omega-3 rich diet linked to more developed brain networks: Monkey data

Posted February 9, 2014

Monkeys that consume a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids have more developed neural networks than those who do not, according to new research.

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New research shows extended exposure to caffeine and sucrose impacts behaviour and brain chemistry

Posted February 7, 2014

New research suggests the long-term consumption of caffeinated sugar-sweetened drinks in place of water can cause lasting changes to behaviour, having profound effects on brain chemistry.

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Studies show that spirulina can help prevent cancer, boost brain function and more

Posted February 5, 2014

Spirulina is a type of green algae that grows in fresh water bodies. It is a survivor plant which, unlike most flora, is able to withstand considerable temperature variations and still thrive. It is cultivated worldwide and has been harvested as a food source for thousands of years.

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