Brain Health Solutions! 0

Brain problems can be frustrating and scary. Forgetting names and keys can be a sign of getting old, adrenal fatigue or something more.  There are a number of things that you can do to improve your health according to Dr Kate Rheume -Bleue . Dr Kate was on the Health First show talking about the benefits of lifestyle for  brain health. According to the research there are a number of things you can do to improve Brain Health these include

1. Cognitive challenges - In other words use your brain frequently and challenge yourself to try new things.  Your brain will respond by increasing the way it functions.

2. Walking - research has shown that exercise including walking helps generate new brain cells.

3. DHA  low levels of fat have been linked to poor brain function including Alzheimer and Parkinsons.  supplementing with Omega 3's, helps memory and moods.

Choline - This supplement helps the liver, cardiovascular system and also the brain. Research has shown that this really works well for people trying to recover from Brain injury.  Found in liver, fish eggs and peanuts, choline is often not consumed in doses high enough to help. Supplementation can make a big difference for some people.

Nootropics and Your Brain 0

With baby boomers aging the increase in the number of seniors in Canada will rise to over 23% of Canadians by 2030 from an estimated 15% now.  The potential for people with some sort of dementia could be in the range of 1. 4 million by 2030 according to the Government Report "Action For Seniors" Rosemarie Pierce was on the Health First Radio show recently talking about the fact that there new research in the area of  Nootropics or substances used for age related cognitive decline and increased brain performance. 

Rosemarie said that Nootropics are thought to work by helping the brain absorb more neurochemicals that improve oxygen supply, stimulate nerve growth and reduce brain inflammation.

Some Nootropics that have been researched to help your brain include

Vinpocetine from periwinkle which is anti inflammatory, improves circulation and has been shown to help with cognitive functions

Ginkgo Biloba, has been clinically shown to improve circulation to the extremities and help with memory

DHA found in fish oils has been shown to help concentration and cognitive function

Astaxanthin, slows down oxidization and improves DNA stabilization

Mom things this is all great news if you want to improve how your brain works !

Can Cancer be prevented with Turmeric? 2

Recently I was talking to Dr Ajay Goel who is the director of Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center Dr Goel has been studying cancer treatments for the past 20 years and has written over 100 scientific articles. Click here to listen to the interview.

During the interview Dr Goel was talking about how when he first got his PhD and wanted to make a difference in the world, he started looking at the difference in cancer rates around the world.  He found that India his country of origin had one of the lowest cancer rates in the world while the USA had one of the highest. However within one generation of Asians moving to the US that the risk rates were similar.  His research led him to believe that diet and lifestyle were the contributing factors to cancer rates.  Dr Goel further found that the spices used in cooking Asian foods, primarily the curries have huge medicinal benefits that include lower cancer rates.  The primary spice of beneficial effect was turmeric.  Curcumin is the extract of Turmeric

Dr Goel said that recent research on Curcumin shows that 500 - 1000 mg of Curcumin extract can reduce your chances of getting cancer. Curcumin can also reduce inflammation, improve moods and help with treatments of depression, Alzheimer and Parkinsons.

Perhaps we all should be eating more Turmeric or taking some curcumin on a daily basis.

Use it Or Lose It! Brain Function that is! 0

Challenging your brain and reading may lower your risk for dementia as you age, new research suggests.

People who have a  mentally stimulating lifestyle -- reading and playing music and games, benefit in the long run from excising the brain!

Artistic endeavors -- including crafts -- participation in group activities and computer work also benefit the aging brain, according to the study, published in the June 23 online issue of JAMA Neurology.

Less Sleep More Brain Fog? 1

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore found that getting less sleep or sleeping poorly was tied to an increase in brain levels of beta-amyloid, a toxic protein that builds up and forms plaques in the brains of those with Alzheimer’s.

The researchers studied 70 older adults, average age 76, who were part of the ongoing Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Using brain scans, they found that those who said they got the least sleep, under five hours a night, or who slept fitfully had higher levels of beta-amyloid in the brain than those who slept over seven hours a night. The findings appeared in the journal JAMA Neurology.

Might be another reason to get more sleep tonight