Mental and Cognitive Health

  1. Mulberries may protect against Alzheimer's

    A good reason to go 'round the mulberry bush

    Life is full of little details -- and sometimes, they slip through your fingers.

    It's called being human!

    And as we age, everyone has a few more of these "mental hiccups."

    But if it's getting harder and harder to keep a grasp on everything from appointments... to directions... to anniversaries... then it could signal the onset of something more serious.

    It could be Alzheimer's.

    Unfortunately, there's not a pill in the world that can keep Alzheimer's at bay. But according to a new study, there's a natural way to help ensure that those "brain burps" don't progress into this mind-robbing disease.

    And if you're a fan of dark, juicy berries, you're going to love this.

    It's none other than the mulberry!

    In the study out of South Korea, researchers isolated 10 active compounds from mulberries (Morinda officinalis) and tested them for activity against some of the brain chemicals that are associated with Alzheimer's.

    Now, we don't know what EXACTLY causes Alzheimer's, but we DO know that the brains of Alzheimer's patients commonly contain too much of certain harmful substances that conspire to form the "plaques" and "tangles" we typically see in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

    In the study, it turned out that the active compounds in mulberry extract inhibited ALL of these brain substances! Knocked them right out, in fact.

    That means mulberries may shield your gray matter from the brain changes that put you on a path toward losing your precious memories.

    And that's not all, because the dark reddish-purple berries are also loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and have been shown in previous studies to prevent bone loss... reduce oxidative stress... and even lower cholesterol.

    So, pop some mulberries in your mouth to keep your brain AND your body in tip-top shape.

    The season for fresh mulberries runs from about June to August -- and they're delicious in salads or atop Greek yogurt.

    But you can also enjoy them year-round by blending frozen mulberries into smoothies or snacking on a handful of dried mulberries with some nuts.

    You can even find mulberry extract in supplement form at your local health food store or online.

    Just resist the temptation to eat your mulberries in pies and cobblers -- because the grains and sugars in these treats can kick up inflammatory processes that "cancel out" the positive effects of the berry on your gray matter.

  2. Canola oil linked to the development of Alzheimer's

    This toxic oil could "grease" the wheels of dementia

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that the health of your BRAIN depends a lot on the food you put in your MOUTH.

    Cooking fresh foods at home --- rather than nuking a package or hitting the drive-thru -- is one of the best ways to shield yourself from toxins in processed foods that can ravage your gray matter.

    Of course, WHAT you cook makes a difference, too. A plate of salmon and veggies makes for much better "brain food" than a bowl of pasta.

    But according to a new study, what you're cooking WITH is equally important -- because if your go-to oil in the kitchen is canola, you could be setting yourself up for a major brain drain.

    I'm talking about Alzheimer's disease.

    In the study out of Temple University, baby mice were divided into two groups: Half were fed a standard diet, while the other half were fed the same diet supplemented with the equivalent of two tablespoons of canola oil daily.

    Now, these weren't just any old mice -- they had been altered to simulate a model of Alzheimer's disease in humans, which means their symptoms wouldn't kick in until later in their lives.

    At the end of six months, it turned out that the mice who'd been lapping up canola oil performed WORSE on tests of learning and memory than the mice who hadn't eaten a drop of the stuff.

    They also had an INCREASE in the plaques and tangles we typically see in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

    That's likely because their brains were swimming in a protein called amyloid beta, which, as you've read right here, is associated with the formation of these plaques and tangles in at least half the cases of seniors with mild cognitive impairment.

    And their gray matter showed damage to key synapses -- which are points where neurons come together -- known to play a role in how we form and retrieve precious memories.

    Translation: Consuming canola oil SPED UP their development of Alzheimer's symptoms.

    These results really don't surprise me -- because even though canola oil is peddled as one of the "healthiest" vegetable oils around, it's actually a "Frankenfood" full of toxic JUNK.

    It typically comes from genetically modified plants... is so highly processed that it contains artery-clogging trans fats... and often retains residues from toxic pesticides.

    And even though canola oil does contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, it packs in twice as many omega-6 fatty acids. For optimal health, that ratio should actually be flipped!

    Unfortunately, canola oil is ubiquitous in everything from salad dressings to butter "alternatives" to canned soups -- so you've got to read labels carefully to avoid it.

    But don't worry, because there are oils that not only won't HURT your brain... but will actually HELP it!

    A better choice would be minimally processed extra-virgin olive oil, which studies show fights inflammation AND Alzheimer's brain changes.

    Avocado oil and grapeseed oil are also tasty choices with a bounty of benefits, and I always recommend my patients take an omega-3 supplement rich in both DHA and EPA as well.

    P.S. Even if you NEVER use canola oil... and even if you're not showing any signs of Alzheimer's... you can't assume you're in the clear. Your brain could be under attack, right now, without you even knowing it. That's why I've designed a safe, natural protocol that could bring the worldwide Alzheimer's epidemic to a screeching halt -- in just three steps. Find out more right here.

  3. West Nile virus can mimic dementia

    Winter warning: 'Summer' bug could be biting you in the brain The weather outside is getting a little frightful... from snowstorms arriving here in the Northeast to wild winds raging in the West. And as that mercury drops, heat-loving pests like mosquitoes are probably the furthest thing from your mind. But according to a new study, a mosquito bite you...
  4. Melatonin improves cognitive function in Alzheimer's cases

    The 'sleep hormone' can sharpen your brain Everyone feels scattered from time to time -- and as we age, a few of those little "senior moments" are par for the course. But if your brain feels like it's "sleeping on the job" more and more often, it could be a sign of something more serious. According to a new study...
  5. Reduced blood flow to the brain is linked to dementia

    A weak heart could mess with your head As you age, your body is like a classic car. There may be some wear and tear on your suspension... or some imperfections in your paint job... but if you keep your engine maintained and properly lubed, you'll keep rolling along well into your "golden years"! Now, if you've been reading my...
  6. Melatonin improves cognitive function in Alzheimer's cases

    The 'sleep hormone' can sharpen your brain Everyone feels scattered from time to time -- and as we age, a few of those little "senior moments" are par for the course. But if your brain feels like it's "sleeping on the job" more and more often, it could be a sign of something more serious. According to a new study...
  7. Inflammation tied to brain shrinkage

    Put out the flames to beef up your brain As we age, we spend a lot of time hoping that certain things don't "shrink" too much. Believe it or not, some people actually get SHORTER as they get older! But that's not the worst of it. Because of all the things that can shrink over time -- from your height...
  8. Tart cherry juice eases insomnia

    Sip your way to better sleep with this tart treat Now that the days are shorter... and the nights are colder... there's nothing like tucking into a warm bed early and sleeping like a LOG. But when you've got insomnia, it feels like you're sleeping more like that pile of leaves on your front lawn: tossing and turning, all night...
  9. Abnormal magnesium levels boost dementia risk

    Make like Goldilocks when it comes to magnesium Many things in life are best for you in moderation. Eating too little food can leave you malnourished and hangry... while indulging too much can set you up for a spare tire and heart troubles. And although having too little time on your hands is stressful, having too much can also drive...
  10. Stress can cause memory problems that mimic dementia

    Stressed? You're probably not losing your marbles We all know someone who sneezes a few too many times and thinks it's pneumonia. And that kind of hypochondria can be contagious -- especially as we age and worry that MINOR symptoms could be a sign of something MAJOR. Take, for instance, the "brain burps" we all experience. You forget your keys...

Items 41 to 50 of 95 total