Improve Brain Function and Defeat Memory Loss
Doc and I are warriors in the fight to defeat memory loss and to power up brain function. Doc lost his mother last year to Alzheimer’s. When you watch someone you love wither away from a vibrant beautiful person to skeletal remains, it is horrifying. The vision of that person and their terrible experience takes a place in your heart forevermore.
We have found many recent studies that are very exciting. Many studies are showing promising new treatments for people suffering from cognitive loss. These treatments give me great hope for the future of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. However, here at A Doctor and a Nurse we are all about prevention. That is why we are super excited about several new studies that show lifestyle and nutrition changes may just defeat memory loss forever and power up your brain function for a life time. Today we want to share some of these results with you.
Power Up Your Brain Function
Omega 3′s: A new study just published this past week confirms that Omega-3s’ have a positive effect on the prevention of memory loss, specifically Alzheimer’s disease. The Columbia University Medical Center study found that people who had a diet rich in Omega 3 nutrients had less Beta-amyloid proteins in their blood than those who did not eat Omega-3 foods routinely. Beta-amyloid protein is found in high levels in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The plaques that are found in the brain of an Alzheimer’s sufferer is actually made up of Beta-amyloid proteins. This study coincides closely with a 2010 study that showed people who added Omega-3s to their diet had a 40% less chance of Alzheimer’s. Omega 3s is in our arsenal to defeat memory loss. The study just couldn’t show why. Now, it seems we know why. Adding Omega-3 to your diet has a lot of other health benefits at well. Good sources of omega-3s are salmon and flax. If you choose to take your Omega-3s in supplement form, be sure to see your doctor first as it fish oil supplements can interact with other medications.
Blueberries and Strawberries: Last month a Harvard study revealed that DAILY intake of 1/4 cup of blueberries or strawberries results delayed memory decline in women over the age of 70 by 2.5 years. Blueberries and strawberries area high in flavonoids which are compounds found in plants that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. I am so glad I have both strawberries and blueberries in my garden. I will have to freeze some so that I can have a few each day! Adding berries to your diet is a great way to defeat memory loss.
Folate: Folate is also known as vitamin B9 It has been known for several years that Alzheimers patients have low levels of folate. It is true that many studies indicate that adding folate to your diet can decrease your risk of alzheimers. However, researchers have been unable to prove that folate is the cause of alzheimers or that taking it reduces a person’s chances of getting it. Further studies are being conducted. For now, a little folate in your diet certainly won’t harm your brain function and may actually help defeat memory loss. Good sources of folate include asparagus and spinach and soy beans. Power up your brain function with folate to defeat memory loss.
Exercise and computer use: A study by the Mayo Clinic was just published yesterday. This study cites both exercise and computer use as brain function boosters. The combination of moderate exercise such as brisk walking and brain stimulating activities such as using the computer or reading a book decreased the control groups risk of memory loss almost in half. Another recent study showed a connection between strength training and decreased memory loss in seniors. Great ways to defeat memory loss!
The news that some memory loss can be prevented and brain function can be maintained is exciting to us. Prevention and awareness are your first steps in the fight to defeat memory loss and power up brain function. Now that you know what to do, get on it! Add routine omega-3, berries, folate and exercise to your diet and routine. A bit of blog hopping isn’t a bad idea either. Now, write these tidbits down so you won’t forget!