Vitamin D – A Gene-Regulating Super Nutrient

one study with 2100 female twins showed that having adequate vitamin D extends life by five years

Patients with Parkinson’s were 55% more likely to be low in vitamin D.

Some of the newer colon cancer research finds that vitamin D turns on death signals in colon cancer cells and works synergistically with calcium to help prevent colon cancer cells from spreading.

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Resveratrol Reduces Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques

Resveratrol has received considerable attention for its anti-aging properties involving the activation of the SIRT1 gene.  Another aspect of resveratrol function is to activate the production of friendly nitric oxide in your brain. This offers a way to prevent the cascade of free radical damage that leads to plaque formation. (more…)

Walk Regularly and Boost Your Memory

A section of the brain involved in memory grew in size in older people who regularly took brisk walks for a year, researchers reported Monday.

 

The new study reinforces previous findings that aerobic exercise seems to reduce brain atrophy in early-stage Alzheimer’s patients, and that walking leads to slight improvement on mental tests among older people with memory problems. (more…)

Obtain cellular health with Omega fatty acids

Numerous studies are linking the intake of omega-3 oils with improvements in cognitive function, visual acuity, and overall brain development. Our western culture has introduced processed vegetable oils and man-made fats that are inflaming and retard normal brain growth. Increasing high quality, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in the diet is a critical staple to supporting healthy brain function.
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Lack of Omega 3 Linked to Poor Brain Formation and Future Depression

The lack of omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA, in the diets of pregnant mothers1 has been associated with poor neurologic function and mood issues in the offspring.  Researchers have now pinpointed in an animal study that a lack of omega 3 fatty acids at this critical time of development causes brain plasticity to not form correctly in key areas of the brain affecting reward, motivation, emotional regulation, and general nerve transmission.

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Panax Ginseng for Cognitive Function

Cognitive function is the term used to describe a person’s state of consciousness (alertness and orientation), memory, and attention span. A mental status examination (MSE) is a standard test used by healthcare professionals to measure a patient’s overall mental health. Evaluating a patient’s cognitive function includes, first of all, measuring their level of alertness and orientation. (more…)