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  1. Ward off cognitive decline with blueberries

    Boost your gray matter with this blue fruit

    We all forget life's little details from time to time.

    As we age, however, these lapses in memory and focus can become a bit more troublesome.

    But British researchers have found that you can help keep your mind and memory sharp by making a delicious addition to your diet that's small… but mighty.

    According to a new study, you can improve your brain function and memory by eating blueberries!

    In the study, healthy seniors drank either concentrated blueberry juice (the equivalent of 8 ounces of fresh blueberries) or a placebo every day for three months.

    Based on their performance on cognitive tests at the end of the study, blueberry juice drinkers showed improvements in brain activity, brain function, and working memory – while the placebo group didn't improve significantly.

    This could be because, as MRI brain scans showed, blood flow to the brain significantly increased after the blueberry boost.

    If you’ve been reading my eTips (and my monthly Nutrition & Healing newsletter) for a while now, you know that our bodies NEED that blood to FLOW!

    Now, I should note that all participants in the study -- both the blueberry and placebo groups – had already been eating more than five fruits and vegetables each day as part of their normal diets.

    But there was something about blueberries in particular. So, if you're struggling with memory and focus, try adding blueberries into your daily meals.

    Pile blueberries into a bowl of Paleo (no-grain) granola at breakfast, toss them into a spinach salad at lunch, grab a handful with nuts as a snack, or top them with some Greek yogurt for dessert.

    You can also drink your blueberries! Blueberry juice has become widely available, though you’ll want to make sure there’s no added sugar. You may want to opt instead for blueberry powder or blueberry juice concentrate – like what was used in the new study – which are available at your local health food store.

    The only possible side effect? A blue tongue!

    To Your Health,

    Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D.

    P.S. Studies have also shown that eating plenty of fruits and veggies can boost your brain volume – and if there’s one thing you don’t want to shrink as you get older, it’s your brain.

    I’ve found something else that can help put the brakes on that shrinkage – and I’ve included it in my latest breakthrough formula, NeuroBrin.

    We’ve hardly been able to keep up with the demand for it, but I’ve saved a few bottles just for you. Claim them right here.

  2. Reduce diabetes risk with berries

    The forbidden way to beat diabetes

    We're about 10 days away from the official start of autumn -- which means that you'll soon be swapping short sleeves for sweaters and flip-flops for boots.

    And as the bounty at the farmers market turns from peaches to pumpkins... and cherries to apples... it's time to say goodbye to those special summer flavors.

    But even as the days grow shorter and cooler, there's one summer fruit you want to keep in your fruit bowl -- especially if you've got diabetes or are headed that direction.

    I'm talking about berries.

    Now, I know that’s not what you may have heard. If you’re struggling to control your blood glucose, they’ll say that you should avoid anything high in natural sugars.

    But according to the latest research, the fructose you’ll find in strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries won’t send your blood sugar soaring.

    These berries can actually help keep your blood sugar in check!

    Researchers reviewed nearly 20 studies on the health benefits of anthocyanins – the compounds that give berries their vibrant colors -- and found that they can significantly reduce insulin resistance.

    As you know, being resistant to the natural blood sugar-lowering powers of insulin is a major risk factor for diabetes.

    What's more, the meta-analysis also found that the anthocyanins found in berries can significantly reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol.

    And since both diabetes and elevated LDL cholesterol are risk factors for heart disease, that means that berries can buffer your heart health with a one-two punch.

    Plus, the benefits of berries don't stop there. These little "super" fruits have been proven to do everything from beat back cancer to balance your gut and even improve your cognitive function.

    Now, in the studies analyzed, the participants consumed anthocyanins in supplement form -- and you can certainly find a variety of anthocyanin-loaded berry extracts at your local health food store or online.

    But when you bite into a fresh berry, you're getting not only a bundle of anthocyanins, but also all the fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients of the whole fruit.

    Even though berries are at their sweetest and juiciest in summer, you can find them in most grocery stores pretty much year-round. Just be sure to buy organic, as eating pesticide-laden produce can do more harm than good.

    Or try freezing your farmers market haul now, while they’re fresh and local.

    Later today, I’ll have more on what one particular berry can do to boost your brain. Keep an eye out!

  3. Reverse brain shrinkage with this ‘neuro-boosting’ combo

    Give your aging brain superpowers with THIS It’s been summer blockbuster season at movie theaters across the country -- and that means that our “silver screens” have been filled with stories about guys and gals who woke up as superheroes after taking a blow to the head or falling into a vat of nuclear waste. It’s nice to escape from...
  4. Reverse brain shrinkage with this ‘neuro-boosting’ combo

    Give your aging brain superpowers with THIS It’s been summer blockbuster season at movie theaters across the country -- and that means that our “silver screens” have been filled with stories about guys and gals who woke up as superheroes after taking a blow to the head or falling into a vat of nuclear waste. It’s nice to escape from...
  5. Saunas improve brain power

    The spa secret that clears out the cobwebs It's been a long, hot summer. With month after month of record-breaking temperatures, everyone's been sweating it out from coast to coast. And now that fall is approaching... and the weather's beginning to cool down... the LAST thing you may want to do is sign up for something that gives those sweat...
  6. Slow macular degeneration by avoiding blue light

    Could your smartphone make you go BLIND? You use it to connect to your friends and family... navigate your way around town... and even read books and watch movies. If you're like most folks these days, your smartphone has become your constant companion. And the more games, texts, photos, and apps you've got on it, the longer you're likely to...
  7. Lose weight by cutting processed foods

    The surprising trick to losing weight effortlessly Whether you've been told to count calories, "points," or carbs, trying to shed pounds can often feel like a numbers game. If you want to lower your number on the scale, you've got to do the math about what you put in your mouth. Right? And on some popular diet plans, that means...
  8. Inactivity shrinks your brain and boosts dementia risk

    Could sitting around make your brain cells DIE? Use it or lose it. That old saying may sound trite -- but when it comes to staying spry as we age, nothing could be truer. You can't keep up your tennis game if you rarely play... or be the toast of the dance floor if you don't stay on your toes...
  9. Vitamin D repairs heart damage

    For heart health, let the sunshine in Call it Old Faithful. Vitamin D has been working its healing powers ever since the first rays of light came out of the sun. And with all we already know that D can do, it's clear that we've only begun to scratch the surface. This morning, I shared with you how folks who...
  10. Vitamin D eases IBS symptoms

    Bask in the sunshine to soothe your gut When you've got irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), getting out the door each morning can be a non-starter. Between your dietary restrictions... painful cramps... and the urge to dash to the toilet... it probably feels safer to stick close to home. But if you stay inside all day, you could be missing out...

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