Why Puzzles are Good for Your Brain

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Not only are jigsaw puzzles excellent brain training and coordination improvement tools, they’re fun, too! Working a puzzle helps develop your abilities to reason, analyze, sequence, deduce, logical thought processes and problem solving skills. These types of puzzles also improve hand-eye coordination and develop a good working sense of spatial arrangements.  When you solve a… Read more »

The Connection Between Stress and Alzheimer’s

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You know stress contributes to heart disease, digestive difficulties and sleep disorders such as insomnia. But recent research has also linked stress to Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s not just any stress, it’s the daily stress – the ongoing, unrelenting stress you experience as you navigate life – that’s to blame. In a study from the… Read more »

Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s with these Foods

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The food you eat can impact your brain health. Things like trans fats and excess sugar can slow the brain down. But if you include the following foods in your diet, you just might reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Walnuts – these little guys pack a big nutritional punch! They… Read more »

Reflect and Boost Your Brain Power

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A neurology team from the UK has found that people had increased brain activity when they were asked to think about themselves. The authors say their findings are significant because they open the door for more research and bridge the gap between psychological and neural processes. Other studies have shown that an area of the… Read more »

B Vitamins to Protect Against Alzheimer’s

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There is now strong evidence to suggest that your daily dose of B vitamins may help protect you from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects 36 million people worldwide. Therefore, a lot of research is put into finding a cure, but unfortunately some of the promising studies have failed late-stage clinical trials. Researchers from the FMRIB… Read more »

Exercise is Good for Your Brain

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You know the wide-ranging benefits of exercise. Physical fitness is important for weight loss, bone strength, heart health and more. Now there’s research to suggest that staying physically fit can help keep your mind sharp as well and it doesn’t matter when you begin. Research has demonstrated that just three hours of light exercise weekly… Read more »

The Connection Between Probiotics and Brain Health

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You are likely already aware of the things you should be doing to maintain your brain health. A diet rich in omega 3 fatty acids, working crossword puzzles, and daily exercise top the list. But have you ever considered taking probiotics to keep your mind in shape? Probiotics, also known as the helpful or “good”… Read more »

What is Folic Acid and Why Do You Need It?

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What is folic acid? Folate occurs naturally in foods, while folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Why do you need folic acid? Vitamin B9 is essential for human growth and development, encourages normal nerve and proper brain functioning, and may help reduce blood-levels of the amino acid homocysteine (elevated homocysteine levels have been implicated… Read more »

New Alzheimer’s Drug Breakthrough

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A cure for Alzheimer’s disease may be on the horizon. A groundbreaking new drug has been shown to clear away toxic clusters of protein material in the brain thought to be a primary cause of Alzheimer’s. Scientists believe that the plaque kills the healthy neurons, leading to memory loss. This is known as Alzheimer’s Theory…. Read more »

Early Detection is Key for Alzheimer’s

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November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2013 an estimated 5 million Americans aged 65 years or older suffered from Alzheimer’s disease with the number estimated to triple to as high as 13.8 million unless more effective ways to prevent, recognize and treat the disease are identified and… Read more »