Stop and Reverse Dementia and Memory Loss – This Nut Halts Dementia
We know nuts are good for the health.
They are packed with nutritional fiber, a plethora of healthy antioxidants, and numerous anti-inflammatory substances.
But maybe most importantly, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found this one nut to slow down the progression of dementia in at-risk seniors.
Researchers used 636 participants aged between 63 and 79 from California and Barcelona. At the beginning of the study they were declared cognitively healthy.
The researchers divided them into two groups – one received between 30 and 60 grams of walnuts per day – the other consumed none.
They administered neurocognitive tests before the study and then again after two years. The 108 participants in Barcelona were also given frequent brain MRI scans.
When they compared the groups, they found no difference between the cognitive functions.
But their findings revealed some other interesting things.
Smokers in the walnut-eating group displayed a slower cognitive decline than smokers in the non-eating walnut group.
In addition, people who started the study with lower than average neuropsychological test scores also benefited from walnut consumption.
This implies that walnuts make little difference to people who are cognitively normal or healthy, but it shows they can help those who are most at risk of developing dementia.
Stop and Reverse Dementia and Memory Loss – These Easy Mental Games Bring Dementia to a Halt
Scientists from the Kumon Institute of Education and Tokyo’s Keio University have just revealed that a specific learning therapy can stop the progression of dementia in its tracks.
Unlike other “preventing” methods, this one seems to work even after the onset of dementia.
Their subjects were 57 seniors housed in nursing and care facilities in Japan.
Between July 2015 and July 2016, they gave 30 of these people a course of learning therapy, consisting of the answering of easy reading and mathematical calculation questions for five days a week.
The other 27, called the control group, received no therapy at all.
To track their progress, the researchers used the standard Japanese scale that is used to rate seniors from one to five according to the amount of nursing care they require.
By the end of the year, the condition of the participants who received the learning therapy showed almost no change, while the condition of those who received nothing deteriorated at the expected rate.
The leading researcher in the study described this type of brain stimulation as an example of a non-pharmaceutical treatment that worked.
He also expressed his satisfaction at discovering a dementia treatment that was substantially cheaper than drugs.
Stop and Reverse Dementia and Memory Loss – One Cause of Memory Loss (and how to cure it)
The January 2016 edition of the journal Current Opinion in Psychiatry included an interesting, but alarming, article on the cause of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.
It seems like a simple activity, most of us just take as a normal part of life slowly and sneakily kills your brain function until nothing is left.
The good news is, this can be reversed if caught in time.
Scientists at the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences, conducted a review of previously published studies and found that most of them backed the idea that stress could lead to depression and dementia.
According to scientists, stress affects the same parts of the brain as short-term fear and anxiety do. It causes the amygdala to become overactive while simultaneously suppressing the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex.
What does this mean?
The amygdala is the part of your brain that is most strongly associated with emotions. This is the part that becomes active when you are afraid or, as we are now learning, when you are stressed for a long period of time.
Your hippocampus and prefrontal cortex are the parts of your brain where most of your logical thinking takes place. When you are extremely emotional, these thinking centers become under active and take a back seat to the amygdala.
The problem during long lasting stress periods is that your hippocampus and prefrontal cortex are under active for years.
This causes the cells to degrade, making them less capable of the thinking operations for which they are responsible.
Think of your muscles. If you want them to be strong, you have to use them. The same holds for your hippocampus and your prefrontal cortex.
The new review of existing studies revealed that these thinking centers in the brains of people who suffer from chronic stress are smaller and physically different from those in the brains of people who live without such stress.
The biggest problem is that long-lasting stress in the past can affect your brain today. So if you were under a lot of stress in your 40s that’s now gone, your brain is still suffering.
The good news is you can workout your brain today to reverse this process. Doing word-puzzles, Sudoku, learn a language or juggle balls have all been shown to boost brain health.
For more ideas to stop and reverse dementia and memory loss, watch this video – Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward
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