Your Brain and Longevity

brain and longevity

I was reading an article about delaying dementia with brain training and then came across the article I link to below that discusses how longevity is controlled by the brain. Current research on the brain and aging is not only fascinating, but essential because of how many people are getting some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. It is a scary and devastating illness.

The August 4, 2009 issue of Neurology discussed a study that found people who engage in brain exercises, or brain training, can delay memory related issues.  Activities like reading, writing and playing card games may especially delay how quickly memory can decline when you do develop dementia.

Now the study cautioned that people far advanced in age may not benefit the same. So the takeaway is to keep your brain active from a younger age. Personally, I believe it is beneficial to be interested in always learning new things (reading or some other form) and keeping your brain active. It makes even more sense when you think about the high rate of people suffering with early cognitive decline and if you look for ways to prevent that from happening to you.

Here is a link to an article this week about new brain research and how the brain affects longevity:

Learning more about inflammation, and how to prevent it, appears to be very important in terms of overall good health. As the article stated, different diseases have their origin in inflammation. What hurts is that many of our foods are associated with causing inflammation in our bodies. The good news is that we can get educated very easily these days, with information about targeting good health virtually at our fingertips:  what to do (lifestyle choices), what not to do, what to eat, what not to eat.

Natural Supplement for Brain Health:

Ginko Biloba

Omega 3’s


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