Mental and Cognitive Health

  1. Can this humble veggie FIX your memory problems?

    You’ve read right here in Health e-Tips, the gut-brain connection is very REAL.

    And a biochemical process that goes awry in the gut can most definitely cause a “non-gut” symptom.

    But of late, studies on this topic typically examine the gut’s effect on your emotions…

    Until now.

    New research finds the gut could be linked with your MEMORY.

    And today, I’ll show you how you can use this to your advantage...

    The gut’s link to your MEMORIES

    Scientists from the University of Louisville had a hypothesis that the gut microbiota could affect your recall ability.

    They put it to the test by using a compound from garlic, called allyl sulfide, on mice. They gave mice that were 24 months old (56-69 in human years) this garlic extract and compared their microbiota and brains to mice that were only 6 months old.

    Remarkably, allyl sulfide:

    • Bettered the gut health of the mice;
    • Improved their short-term and long-term memory; and
    • REVERSED the damage that was already present, giving the mice the ability to remember what they’d once forgotten!

    It hasn’t been tested in humans yet, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t give this a shot...

    Because we’ve now seen the POWER of the gut-brain connection in action too many times for it to be ignored!

    Get started by incorporating garlic into your diet.

    The best garlic is fresh garlic. Hands-down.

    Try adding a clove to your diet daily.

    But if you’re not a fan of this pungent bulb, you can diminish its impact by adding citrus (lemon, lime, and orange), herbs like basil, or anything creamy like coconut milk.

    For supplements, you have to be a discerning consumer. Allyl sulfides (the beneficial compound observed in the study) are very delicate, so make sure you select a high quality brand. Look for one that contains at least 10 mg of alliin.

  2. How to build a “super brain”… in 6 EASY steps 

    I don’t need to tell you that our brains are under ASSAULT.  

    Depression rates are skyrocketing… and people are starting to develop dementia in their 40s! 

    This was UNHEARD OF only a generation ago.  

    Everything from the processed foods we eat to the dangerous drugs we take can slowly destroy our brains.  

    Now, it’s time to fight back.  

    Because there are six “power nutrients” that can help protect your brain from damage.  

    And they can help keep your brain sharp and humming along for the rest of your life.  

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    Lots of doctors used to think there wasn’t much you could do to protect your brain.  

    It all came down to luck and genetics – you were either going to have brain problems, or you weren’t.  

    Now we know that we have a lot more control over our brain health.  

    Here are six supplements that are proven to keep you sharp and act like “armor” for your brain: 

    1. Omega-3s: I can’t say enough about the omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA. These necessary fats are one of the biggest deficiencies in the modern world – almost completely missing from our diets. Studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids are good for your heart, immune system, brain, and blood vessels. EPA/DHA also help with mood and reasoning abilities.  
    1. vitamins: Want to guarantee you feel depressed? Make sure you avoid the B vitamins. B vitamins help with depression, but also dementia, and poor thinking. B vitamins can be found in beef liver, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products. Make sure you are getting enough B12, B6, folate, and biotin.  
    1. Curcumin: This is the main bioactive compound found in the spice turmeric. Curcumin protects your brain in several ways. It increases levels of dopamine and serotonin (in fact, it works as a great antidepressant). It also increases blood flow to the brain. Most importantly, curcumin acts as a powerful antioxidant and brain protectant.  
    1. Ginkgo biloba: The most popular herb in the world is ginkgo. It is so effective as a medicine, that it is used as a prescription in Europe. Gingko improves memory and cognitive functions by improving small blood flow (called microcirculation). It has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve short-term memory.  
    1. Zinc: This mineral is a big part of your immune system, but it also has a huge impact on mental health. Studies have shown zinc helps with mood disorders, depression, and anxiety. You can find zinc in red meat, poultry, beans, and whole grains.  
    1. CoQ10: This nutrient helps support the mitochondria, the energy centers of our cells. And, remember, your brain needs a TON of energy. CoQ10 is also great for your heart.  

    While you can get lots of these nutrients from your diet, they’re also widely available at just about any local or online vitamin shop.  

  3. This bad habit TRIPLES your Alzheimer’s risk

    When we retire, most of us pick up new hobbies and interests.  Maybe you started playing golf more… or got caught up on some reading.   But there’s one daily habit that LOTS of seniors develop… and it could be turning your brain to mush.   I’m talking about daytime napping.   Now, you might be thinking, “What’s a little catnap, after all?”  Well, that daytime napping could...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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