While we’ve known caffeine improves attention, a new study from John Hopkins shows that it also improves long term memory. Subjects were given either a 200 mg caffeine tablet or placebo five minutes after studying a series of images. When subjects were tested 24 hours later, those from the caffeine group outperformed the controls in their ability to recall the images.
Chronic inflammation is increasingly being recognized as a risk factor for brain atrophy and Alzheimer's disease. A recent study in the journal Neurology found that elevated levels of inflammatory markers in middle age was associated with brain shrinkage later in life and poorer cognitive performance. Staying on top of chronic inflammatory conditions such as gingivitis, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce pro-inflammatory abdominal fat, eating an anti- inflammatory Mediterranean style diet, managing stress and getting adequate sleep are effective ways to decrease chronic inflammation.
Thank you to the staff at JFK Hospital, Monrovia for your warm welcome. My husband and I enjoyed visiting and teaching your inquisitive residents and medical students.
Consuming the majority of your calories in the morning rather than the evening promotes weight loss and reduces belly fat. This is because our digestive and metabolic hormones including insulin function optimally earlier in the day and calories are less likely to be deposited as fat compared to the evening.
Multiple studies suggest that grape juice provides the same brain boosting flavonoids as red wine and may be a healthier alternative. Both beverages contain flavonoids - powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that protect arteries from plaque formation, improve brain blood flow and have been linked to better cognitive function. Flavonoids in grape juice have longer lasting effects than those in red wine which are metabolized more rapidly by alcohol. Grape juice made from purple grapes are highest in flavonoids.
With age and injury, the discs which provide cushioning between the vertebrae of the spine can degenerate, bulge and herniate resulting in debilitating back pain. We used to think spinal discs were inert and that nothing could be done to strengthen them. Exciting new research shows that brisk walking and running increase disc size, making them healthier and more resilient to injury.
I was honored to be on the expert panel for this spectacular event to inspire and inform women on brain health and raise funding for Alzheimer's research.
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Spice Up Your Brain!
New research suggests that cinnamon boosts neuroplasticity and improves the structural integrity of brain cells in the hippocampus, a key memory area of the brain. In rodent studies, those on a cinnamon supplemented diet performed better on maze navigation compared to the controls.