As we get older, many of us quietly accept as fact that our mental capabilities aren’t as sharp as they were when we were younger. We aren’t surprised to find that our reaction speed slows, that we’re not as adept at mental tasks and that our memory isn’t what it used to be. We accept it because it seems like there’s not much we can do about it.
But, while modern medicine might not be able to help prevent those “senior moments,” an ancient Ayurvedic herb called bacopa can. (more…)
Does using a cell phone have an effect on the brain? According to a 2011 study titled “Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism,” the answer is absolutely. The study, headed by Nora D. Volkow, M.D. and conducted by the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, examined the effect of cell phone use on the brain by utilizing positron emission tomography (PET) on 47 participants. (more…)
What can you do to keep a healthy brain? First, repeat after me what you have to avoid from last week. Remember? No tobacco. Cut the alcohol to one drink a day. Trans fats are poison! (No French fries). Saturated fat isn’t much better. Processed meats don’t get any brownie points. Whoa on sugar! Down to one ounce a day, max. White bread has gotta go. MSG is a disaster. Look at the label for hydrolyzed vegetable protein, yeast extract, or anything with glutamate in it. Most soups from the store, even those labeled NO MSG are full of it. Don’t! And finally, yes, finally, you stopped getting the blue stuff for your sweetener didn’t you? And did you look at the can of diet soda to see if it had any in it. And of course, you aren’t intentionally playing with lead any more. It’s just that you don’t know what’s in your lipstick. (more…)
It is a very sad commentary on health care in America that the top selling class of drugs, atypical anti-psychotic medications, is routinely prescribed by doctors for uses that have no valid science of benefit or FDA approval. It is even more disturbing to understand the consequence of this situation is death by heart attack. Australian researchers1 have now pinpointed the mechanism involved, and not surprisingly, many drugs increase the risk based on the reason identified. (more…)
Several new studies show that magnesium supplementation helps improve sleep.
In the first study in adults over age 51 it was found that 320 mg of magnesium1 could lower inflammation (C reactive protein) along with helping to improve sleep. In a second study of children ages 5-12 with attention deficit disorders it was found that a supplement containing only 80 mgs of magnesium2 was able to improve focus and was especially helpful in correcting sleep problems in these children.
It is known that magnesium helps reduce inflammation in the brain, which in turn should help your brain sleep better. These two studies lend documentation to the frequently observed benefit of magnesium; assisting with sleep reducing the general feeling of inflammatory wear and tear.
Byron Richards, CCN