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Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:00 am
by wildrose
What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia?
There are lots of things that can go wrong with the brain as we age. Actually some of these can strike a person while they are still young.

Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:15 am
by cactuspete
Brain Evolved to Need Exercise
The basic idea:
As humans transitioned from a relatively sedentary apelike existence to a more physically demanding hunter-gatherer lifestyle, starting around 2 million years ago, we began to engage in complex foraging tasks that were simultaneously physically and mentally demanding, and that may explain how physical activity and the brain came to be so connected.

The implications:
Having this underlying understanding of the exercise-brain connection could help researchers come up with ways to enhance the benefits of exercise even further, and to develop effective interventions for age-related cognitive decline or even neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.


Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:28 am
by drdesert
Eating greens may boost brain health
Whether or not greens do much for your brain or not, they probably are better for you than most food alternatives providing that you don't overdo the fatty salad dressing or cheese or other toppings that might not be too good for you.

Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:57 pm
by recluse
10 Ways to Love Your Brain

Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.

Break a sweat.
Engage in regular cardiovascular exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases blood flow to the brain and body. Several studies have found an association between physical activity and reduced risk of cognitive decline.

Hit the books.
Formal education in any stage of life will help reduce your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. For example, take a class at a local college, community center or online.

Butt out.
Evidence shows that smoking increases risk of cognitive decline. Quitting smoking can reduce that risk to levels comparable to those who have not smoked.

Follow your heart.
Evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke — obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes — negatively impact your cognitive health. Take care of your heart, and your brain just might follow.

Heads up!
Brain injury can raise your risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Wear a seat belt, use a helmet when playing contact sports or riding a bike, and take steps to prevent falls.

Fuel up right.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is lower in fat and higher in vegetables and fruit to help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Although research on diet and cognitive function is limited, certain diets, including Mediterranean and Mediterranean-DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), may contribute to risk reduction.

Catch some Zzz’s.
Not getting enough sleep due to conditions like insomnia or sleep apnea may result in problems with memory and thinking.

Take care of your mental health.
Some studies link a history of depression with increased risk of cognitive decline, so seek medical treatment if you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health concerns. Also, try to manage stress.

Buddy up.
Staying socially engaged may support brain health. Pursue social activities that are meaningful to you. Find ways to be part of your local community — if you love animals, consider volunteering at a local shelter. If you enjoy singing, join a local choir or help at an afterschool program. Or, just share activities with friends and family.

Stump yourself.
Challenge and activate your mind. Build a piece of furniture. Complete a jigsaw puzzle. Do something artistic. Play games, such as bridge, that make you think strategically. Challenging your mind may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

The MIND diet score has 15 dietary components including 10 brain healthy food groups (green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine) and 5 unhealthy food groups (red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried/fast food).


Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:58 pm
by ergot
Preventing a Mini-Stroke -TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
Proper nutrition is the key!

Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:09 am
by sandman
The road to Alzheimer’s disease is lined with processed foods
Processed foods in general are bad. Preservatives are bad, "as well as foods containing manufactured substances like hydrogenated oils (aka trans-fats), modified starches, and protein isolates. In plain English, this means commercial breads and buns; packaged snacks; industrialized confectionery and desserts; sodas and sweetened drinks; meat products like cold cuts and chicken nuggets; instant noodles and soups; frozen or shelf stable ready meals; margarine, processed cheese, and most creamers." That pretty much eliminates 90% of my diet!
Guess I'm gonna starve!!! :eek2:
In epidemiological studies, people who consumed as little as two grams a day of trans-fats had twice the risk of those who ate less than two grams. Alarmingly, most people in those studies ate at least two grams a day, with the majority of participants eating more than double that dose on a regular basis.


Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:09 am
by surfsteve
If you're willing to cook for yourself getting away from processed food is easy.

There's a lot of satisfaction making everything from scratch.

Except for dishing out for high quality fats you will also save a lot of money. Fresh fruits and vegetables are cheaper to make than buying them out of the package and a piece of frozen wild caught fish or a good steak costs less to make than one from a TV dinner. Switching from margarine to butter or ghee, GMO processed vegetable oils to virgin olive oil, and Crisco to extra virgin coconut oil will set you back a little, but trading in fats that kill for fats that heal is the easiest and best thing you can do for your health and brain. Though you may not save money directly you will still save a ton in medical bills later on.

You wont save time making everything from scratch, and learning to use spices instead of MSG to make food taste good can be a bit tricky; but if you think of it as a substitution for video games, etc you might find it more rewarding and worth the extra time and effort.

Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:07 am
by cactuspete
Promising Alzheimer’s Drug Made From Curcumin Appears to Make Cells Younger
Of course many things that work in mice don't wind up working for humans, but you gotta start somewhere!
Scientists have finally cracked the code of how an experimental new drug called J147, which has a proven track record of reversing Alzheimer’s disease in mice, turns back the clock in cells, making them appear more youthful. The new discovery is a crucial step in readying the drug for human studies.


Re: Brain Health

PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:44 am
by surfsteve
Disgusting! Corrupt medical pharma refuses to recognize that the curcumin in turmeric along with black pepper has been helping people for 1000's of years. Plus it makes food taste good. When will the majority wake up and admit that they've been hoodwinked by the medical establishment?

True fact: Morris Fishbein dropped out of clown school to become the founder of the American Medical Association.