Mental and Cognitive Health

  1. Miracle herb can SAVE your brain after stroke

    It’s one of the most ancient trees on earth… it can live to be 1,000 years old… and it could help YOU live a longer and healthier life.

    I’m talking about ginkgo biloba.

    The fan-shaped leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree have been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine for everything from aiding memory to fighting depression.

    And now, according to the latest findings, we can add something else to that list — because ginkgo biloba appears to also improve brain function in those who’ve had a stroke.

    In a new study out of China, over 300 people who’d already suffered a stroke were divided into two groups. Over the course of six months, half took a daily combination of ginkgo biloba and aspirin, while the other half took only the aspirin.

    By the end of the study, it turned out that those taking ginkgo and aspirin scored HIGHER on tests of cognitive and language skills than those taking only aspirin.

    Now, as you probably know, strokes happen when clots block blood flow to your brain, leading to damage in your gray matter.

    All kinds of strokes — even so-called “mini-strokes” (a.k.a. transient ischemic attacks), as I shared with you this morning — can leave you with damage that’s bad enough to impair your memory and abilities to think and speak.

    The theory is that ginkgo biloba can keep your brain sharp by guarding against the death of nerve cells and increasing blood flow to the arteries inside your noggin, as previous studies have shown it can do.

    But ginkgo biloba’s healing potential isn’t just limited to your brain — because another new study shows that the Chinese herb may prevent colorectal cancer cells from spreading (a.k.a. “metastasizing”).

    Taken together, these two new studies suggest that ginkgo biloba can help protect your health from the top of your head… to the “end” of your gut!

    Even better, this ancient remedy has virtually no side effects.

    You can easily find ginkgo biloba at your local drug store, health food emporium, or online.

    Talk to a doc well versed in integrative medicine about the right dosage for you.

  2. Could Parkinson's begin in your EYES?

    Like many older guys, I wear glasses. At my age, I’m helpless without them!

    Father Time can really do a number on our vision as time goes by.

    But it’s not just about reading the newspaper or a menu in a dark restaurant.

    Because what’s going on in our eyes can tell us a lot about what’s going on in our brains!

    Recently, I shared with you that certain changes in your retinas -- the light-sensitive nerve cells that line the back of your eyes -- may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease.

    And according to a new study, changes to your retina may also be one of the first symptoms of another neurodegenerative disease.

    It’s one that I've lived with for over a dozen years: Parkinson’s.

    South Korean researchers found that the retinas of Parkinson's patients were significantly thinner than those in group of healthy controls.

    Not only that, but the Parkinson's patients with the THINNEST retinas also had the MOST SEVERE motor symptoms.

    Fortunately, I’ve got a way to naturally support your vision AND your mobility – and it’ll all make sense once you understand the underlying mechanism behind why eye changes may lead to Parkinson’s.

    It looks like the two are connected by the brain chemical dopamine.

    You see, we've known for a while that the tremors and stiffness of Parkinson's are linked to the loss of neurons in your brain that produce dopamine.

    And since dopamine can ALSO come from the nerve cells in your retina, the theory is that retinal cell death causes the same thing as when your dopamine-producing brain cells die off.

    Only, this is a red flag that may start waving WAY before other noticeable changes.

    Typically, Parkinson's is diagnosed based on a neurological exam -- and the doc might even scan your brain to take a gander at your dopamine system.

    But a study last year found that Parkinson's vision changes may begin more than a DECADE before any motor problems show up!

    So, the new study is a good reminder to get your eyes checked out regularly -- not only to screen for eye diseases, but also to gain "insight" into your general health.

    After all, your eyes aren't just a window into what's going on in your brain.

    Early signs of heart disease… diabetes… and even cancerous tumors often show up in your eyes.

    And it just so happens that many of the same healthy habits that protect your eyes from disease also help shield your brain from neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's.

    Natural anti-inflammatories like curcumin -- which is found in turmeric, a yellow spice used in ballpark mustard and Indian curries -- can reduce oxidative stress and damage in your retinas.

    It can ALSO help snuff out the flames in your gray matter that have been linked to Parkinson's.

    And since both Parkinson's and eye diseases like macular degeneration have been linked to high blood sugar, slashing sugar from your diet can protect both your brain and eye health.

  3. Tame your ‘caveman’ stress responses… by getting out of the cave!

    Ah, stress. Sometimes, it seems like there's no escape from it. No matter how much you’ve organized your life… how much wisdom you've gained... and how much you try to "accentuate the positive"… it can feel downright impossible to maintain any sense of “zen” in the midst of modern-day chaos! You don’t need me to tell you how stress can...
  4. Why you should NEVER stop moving

    As you’ve read right here in eTips, I travel the world looking for natural therapies that can help beat back some of the most devastating diseases that afflict my patients and readers. But with as many exotic locales as I visit, my travels always take me back to China. The East is thousands of years ahead of the West in...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Grandkids hitting the gridiron? Do THIS to keep them safe

    Are you ready for some football? Our favorite teams are back – even if it’s only technically “preseason” for the NFL, and we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for the “official” start of the pro season. But that’s not all, because this time of year coincides with “Back to School,” which means that you may be spending your...
  8. Good belly bugs boost brainpower

    Imagine forgetting your way home... the names and faces of those you know... and even some of your cherished life experiences. When you've got Alzheimer's disease, the changes that happen in your brain can devastate your memory. And once it takes hold, there's no pill you can swallow to get your memories back. But according to a new study, there's...
  9. Save your sight to dodge dementia

    You've been holding the newspaper a mile away from your face... wearing dark sunglasses even on cloudy days... and carrying a pocket flashlight to settle your restaurant tabs. When you're on the older side and your vision isn't what it used to be, you've got to compensate with a few tricks up your sleeve! But if changes to your vision...
  10. The Parkinson's risk lurking in your summer fruit

    From peaches and plums… to cherries and berries… there’s an abundant harvest of summer produce hitting stores right about now. And there's nothing like biting into sweet, juicy summer fruit picked at its peak -- and letting that juice drip down your chin. It not only tastes great -- you know that the nutrients and antioxidants in the season's brightly...

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