Mental and Cognitive Health

  1. The ancient Chinese secret that can sharpen your brain

    It scrambles your memory… leaves you dazed and confused… and can even alter your personality.

    No, it’s not one of those “funny cigarettes” that your friends tried to get you to smoke in the ’60s.

    I’m talking about the changes that occur in your brain as you age.

    But according to a new study, it’s not a life sentence – because all you’ve got to do to shield your gray matter from these changes is turn over a new "leaf."
    That is, the leaves of an ancient Chinese tree called ginkgo biloba can perk up your brain!

    You’ve surely heard of ginkgo before -- it’s one of nature’s most powerful memory-boosters.

    We already know that ginkgo can help improve the quality of your memories. You could even say that it can “turbo-charge” your mind – even if it’s become like a sieve as you’ve added candles to your birthday cake.

    That’s right -- it can become a steel trap again!

    And since Traditional Chinese Medicine has been using ginkgo as an herbal remedy for centuries, it's no wonder that the new study was conducted in China!
    In this latest study, researchers sifted through oodles of previous findings to figure out HOW ginkgo guards your brain.

    And it appears as though there are at least three mechanisms at work here.

    For one, it looks like ginkgo can cool your brain off in times of stress. Not only that, but it also helps prevent damage when stress occurs (as it inevitably does).
    And all the while, ginkgo keeps that gray matter clean and clear of gunk – which helps you to think clearly AND stay focused!

    So, if you want to chase those "brain burps" away, give this ancient herb a try.

    You can easily find ginkgo biloba in supplement form at your local health food store or online.

    I’ve also included it in my latest breakthrough formula, along with two other “neuro nutrients” that can help you practically regrow a new brain!

    You see, ginkgo is great on its own -- but if you’re a little on the older side, your brain has been shrinking at least since you turned the big 6-0. And that means that you may need a little more help than ginkgo alone.

    I first shared the news of my breakthrough last week, and the response has been so incredible that I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep up with the demand. I don’t want you to miss out on it, so click here to find out how to reclaim your precious memories and form new ones that are crystal clear.

  2. Crunch into this ‘brain food’

    As a kid, you may have hidden it under your mashed potatoes... and as an adult, you probably still skip it at the salad bar.

    Broccoli is the Rodney Dangerfield of vegetables -- it gets no respect!

    But no matter how often you've pushed those crunchy green stalks to the side of your plate, you may want to give this veggie a second chance.

    I've shared with you before how a compound found in broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables) called "sulforaphane" can help you beat back everything from diabetes to multiple kinds of cancer.

    And now, a new study shows that sulforaphane is just as good for your BRAIN as it is for your body -- because it can guard your gray matter against the brain changes of Alzheimer's.

    In the study, Chinese researchers gave sulforaphane to mice who’d been genetically altered to progressively develop Alzheimer's as they aged.

    Now, we know that Alzheimer's disease in both mice and men is linked to the buildup of a protein called beta-amyloid (a.k.a. "plaques") in key areas of the brain related to learning and memory.

    So, we'd expect that the altered mice in the study would develop plaques in their brains alongside cognitive impairment after four months’ time. But that didn’t happen to the mice that got the sulforaphane.

    Not only was there NO buildup of beta-amyloid, but the treated mice had the SAME cognitive function as mice the same age that weren’t predisposed to developing Alzheimers.

    Imagine – something that could prevent cognitive decline even when you’re supposedly “doomed” to experience it!

    The theory is that the powerful antioxidant properties of sulforaphane can guard your delicate nerve cells from the kind of neuroinflammation and oxidative stress that sets the stage for Alzheimer's brain changes.

    What's more, sulforaphane's anti-inflammatory power has also been shown to do everything from keeping your blood vessels healthy to warding off arthritis in your joints .

    So, if you want to prevent those "flames" from ravaging your body AND your brain, pile up your plate with broccoli!

    You can add it to stir-fry... roast it with garlic and lemon... or bake it with parmesan to punch up the flavor.

    But if broccoli just isn't your bag, you can get the same amount of sulforaphane from cruciferous cousins like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage -- although those alternatives may sound about as appealing as broccoli itself.

    Arugula, kale, turnips, radishes, and watercress are also in the cruciferous family and may be more pleasing to your palate.

    But if nothing can sway you to eat your cruciferous veggies, you can pick up sulforaphane supplements at your local health food store or online.

  3. What one sleepless night does to your brain

    You can't think straight... your concentration is shot... and you fumble your way through the day's details. When you haven't gotten your 40 winks the night before, it can feel like your brain is asleep on the job! And if you toss and turn night after night -- like HALF of all adults over 60 do -- that "brain drain...
  4. Good for your bones... but bad for your BRAIN?

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while, you know that I was diagnosed with Parkinson's over a dozen years ago. Fortunately, I've been able to keep the disease from progressing with diet, exercise, and DETOX -- because we know that toxins from pesticides and other environmental sources are a major trigger of Parkinson's disease. And now, surprising new...
  5. This miracle mineral acts as a 'power switch' for vitamin D

    March is sure going out like a lion, isn't it? We had SNOW here in the Boston area just a few days ago! After a seemingly never-ending winter, the sunnier skies of spring are sure going to be a welcome change -- at least, once they finally get here. And once you finally get to catch some of those spring...
  6. How this weird sea creature can protect your brain

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know how important omega-3 fatty acids are. Specifically, the omega-3s DHA and EPA are some of the most powerful anti-inflammatories that you can find in nature. They can boost your heart health... improve diseases from diabetes to Parkinson's... and even guard your brain from Alzheimer's. Now, you might think...
  7. 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...
  8. Low sodium levels linked to cognitive decline

    Pass the salt... instead of passing on it It's a fixture on every dinner table... but the mainstream has practically slapped a skull and crossbones on it. I'm talking about the salt shaker. For years, salt has taken the blame for blood pressure problems -- and there's no denying that if your BP is truly dangerously high, shoveling in mountains...
  9. Insider’s secret to effortless sleep doesn’t come in a pill

    Cutting-edge technology delivers sleep on demand I'm a good sleeper -- but in the rare times that I've had a poor night's sleep, I've been completely miserable. So, I'm very sensitive to those patients who struggle with their sleep, and I've constantly got my eye out for safe, unique, and innovative methods for getting to sleep... staying asleep... and waking...
  10. Alzheimer's may begin with damaged blood vessels

    Protect yourself from a "plumbing issue" upstairs Talk about a tough nut to crack. For decades, scientists have been trying to figure out what sets off the brain changes that lead to the devastating memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. And over the years, various studies have pointed to everything from shortages of neurotransmitters... to deposits of amyloid protein... to inflammation...

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