brain cells

  1. How berries boost your brain

    Despite what you've heard, you don't NEED to eat fruits and vegetables to stay healthy -- and some of them are outright bad for you.

    Want to know what's inside an orange, apple or grape? Sugar! And not much else -- even the famous antioxidants in grapes and apples are concentrated in the skin, not the wet sacks of sugar inside.

    But berries are different. Berries do have natural sugars, but they're also loaded with incredible nutrients, including some you won't get anywhere else. And now, a new analysis shows why you don't need drugs to protect your brain from the ravages of aging -- just a handful of berries.

    Researchers looked at studies on just about every level -- human, animal, and cellular -- and found not the usual weak "association" between a food and a benefit I'm always warning about it.

    Instead, they found actual, specific benefits -- especially in the brain.

    In this case, they say the nutrients in berries enhance neuron communication, which in turn can not only help keep your mind sharp -- it can help keep you steady on your feet, too.

    One study even finds that berries can take over when your own body falls short.

    Over the years, we lose the ability to clean the trash out of our brains -- and I don't mean stray thoughts (although that can happen, too). No, in this case, cells called microglia that normally clean up the debris of aging start to peter out.

    But the polyphenols in berries can wake them up again and get them back on the job -- helping to keep your brain cells neat and tidy.

    These same nutrients also prevent inflammation. Throw in the fact that they taste great, and you've got my permission to eat berries every day.

  2. The dangerous new ingredients hidden in your cosmetics

    How nanotech invaded your makeup

    Ladies, you know those new, improved makeup brands that are easier to apply, less visible, and that makes you look 10 years younger? If these "latest and greatest" in makeup brands seemed too good to be true, that's because THEY ARE.

    The same nanomaterials that have made cosmetics smoother and easier to use could also be damaging skin DNA, killing colon cells, and wrecking your lungs.

    There now, don't you feel more beautiful already?

    For all we know, these side effects are just the tip of the iceberg. Because in their rush to add these microscopic particles, cosmetic companies left something out: Research.

    The U.S. National Research Council is finally calling for studies on nanotechnology. But like everything else, it's likely another case of "too little too late."

    If you're using cosmetics, the little research we do have shows these particles could be inside your body right now. Studies have shown that nanomaterials have the power to pass right through the skin -- and once they get inside, they head right for your organs.

    The micronized zinc oxide used in skin creams, sunscreens, nail polish, powders and more, for example, can damage skin DNA, kill colon cells if ingested, and wreck the lungs if inhaled.

    And that's just ONE of the nanoparticles used in cosmetics today.

    Other studies have found that common nanomaterials can poke holes in brain cells, kill nerve cells, and even mimic the effects of mercury poisoning. (Read more here).

    And the cosmetics companies expect you to rub this junk all over your face? NO WAY!

    Ladies, you don't need dangerous, untested cosmetics to make your skin glow. The reality is, healthy, younger-looking skin comes from the inside out. After all, your skin is an organ, and it needs its nourishment just like the rest of them!

  3. Booze for the brain

    Researchers looked at data on some 365,000 patients who took part in 143 studies published since 1977 and found that a moderate drinking habit can slash the risk of Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and other forms of cognitive impairment by 23 percent.
  4. Slow brain leads to slow muscles for those over 40

    New research indicates that brain decline has a direct effect on how quickly you can perform even the most basic physical acts.

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