memory loss

  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. Seniors aren’t talking to doctors about their memory loss

    Don’t withhold memory lapses from your doctor

    It happens to the best of us. You forget where you placed the TV remote, your keys, or even where you parked your car at the supermarket.

    These “senior moments” might be nothing to worry about…or something that needs immediate attention.

    And according to the latest research, nearly enough seniors aren’t bringing up little lapses like this with their doctors.

    A new study in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, shows that one out of four adults over the age of 45 discussed memory problems with a health care professional during a routine checkup.

    In fact, they were even LESS likely to mention a memory problem to their doctor as they got older, according to the study.

    And that can be a problem.

    Many seniors don’t tell their doctors about memory problems to avoid the stigma of memory loss…and dementia.

    But memory loss doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s dementia. In fact, your forgetfulness could be something highly treatable – especially if the cause is something like sleep apnea, drug interactions, silent stroke, nutritional deficiency, or stress, anxiety, or depression.

    And even if it IS dementia, it’s important to recognize it early on. Even mild memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s can be improved with the right medications or lifestyle changes.

    But you won’t know unless you talk to your doctor first.

    There are things that you should mention if you’ve noticed them in yourself…or a loved one:

    • Social withdrawal
    • Loss of independence
    • Difficulty with tasks like managing finances
    • Changes in eating and grooming habits
    • Getting lost in familiar places
    • Loss of smell
    • Slow gait

    While there is a natural decline in remembering things as you age, you can delay problems without taking medication by socializing and engaging in activities, getting good rest, learning something new, and exercising regularly.

    You can also avoid eating late at night and try supplementing your diet with some vitamin D – which most of us never get enough of anyway. Because it boosts both your memory and your mood, I recommend my patients take around 2,000 IU of vitamin D a day in summer and 4,000 IU in winter.

  3. Coke to pull flame retardant from ingredients list

    Coke is finally bowing to pressure and pulling the flame retardant brominated vegetable oil (BVO) from its citrus beverages. But what about the rat poison in its diet soda?
  4. Coffee slashes risk of deadly liver disease

    Consuming coffee regularly can reduce your chances of dying from liver cirrhosis by 66%.
  5. Hearing loss linked to cognitive decline

    If you're losing your hearing, make sure you don't lose your marbles. A new study links hearing loss with accelerated brain shrinking and memory loss.
  6. Drug manufacturers under the microscope for possible Alzheimer's fraud

    In a bombshell announcement that has Big Pharma shaking in its boots, Japan has announced it is investigating Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, and several other billion-dollar drug companies for their role in falsifying data in a major Alzheimer's study.
  7. Fish oil slows brain aging by up to two years

    Quit those boring crosswords and Sudokus forever! Scientists say just a spoonful a day of fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, could keep your mind razor sharp and slow your brain's aging by up to two full years! You can start getting smarter today!
  8. Is the female brain booze-proof?

    If you’re still heading to bars to meet women, stop wasting your time. It turns out the fairer sex isn’t just impervious to our bad pickup lines – gals may also be impervious to alcohol. A new study shows that women can booze it up daily for years without any negative effects on their brains. Bottoms up!
  9. How diabetes can turn into dementia

    Diabetes can cause dementia as excess insulin wipes away the enzyme responsible for brain repair, according to new research.
  10. How sleep protects the brain

    Your brain cleans itself up during sleep -- which could be why poor sleep habits can lead to dementia.

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