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Some Video Games Are Good For Older Adults’ Brains

Some Video Games Are Good For Older Adults’ Brains

If you’re between 55 and 75 years old, you may want to try playing 3D platform games like Super Mario 64 to stave off mild cognitive impairment and perhaps even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the finding of a new Canadian study by Université de Montréal psychology professors Gregory West, Sylvie Belleville and Isabelle Peretz. Published in PLOS ONE, it was done in cooperation with the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM), Benjamin Rich Zendel of Memorial University in Newfoundland,…

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This Nutrient Balance Reverses Brain Aging

This Nutrient Balance Reverses Brain Aging

The right balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may help promote healthy cognitive aging, new research finds. While we are used to hearing about the benefits of the fatty acids in fish and fish oils, that is only half the story. Omega-6 fatty acids can come from nuts, seeds and other oils. Typically, Western diets have too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. Together, a balance of these fatty acids may help to reduce age-related decline and maintain the…

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23 Things You Never Knew About Your Brain

23 Things You Never Knew About Your Brain

I’m the engine that keeps you running all day long, and I’m here to share the mysteries of how I really work. I have a lot on my plate: 100 billion nerve cells So you might want to take a moment before you blame me for not being fast enough, failing to get easy math right, or even forgetting your friend’s birthday. It’s not really my fault: Information travels through me between the rates of 0.5 meters per second and…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Within the first two months of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, property crimes decreased by 14%, and homicide rates were down by 67%. Video games train the human brain to make faster real life decisions. A study found that anxiety disengages the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that plays an important role in flexible decision making. Without your little finger, you would lose 50% of your hand strength. ~ Happy Friday!~ source: @Fact twitter.com/Fact  

Magic Mushrooms can ‘Reset’ Depressed Brain

Magic Mushrooms can ‘Reset’ Depressed Brain

A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest. The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin. Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five weeks. However, the team at Imperial College London says people should not self-medicate. There has been a series of small studies suggesting psilocybin could have…

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Boost Bacteria to Bolster Your Brain

Boost Bacteria to Bolster Your Brain

How can boosting bacteria in your body improve your brain health? Called the “second brain” by leading scientists, a healthy balance of flora in the gut helps to determine whether you’ll have a great memory and a strong resistance to brain disease. And what happens in the gut plays a significant role in your brain health.  Restoring beneficial bacteria and some healthy yeasts in your intestines (yes, some yeasts are beneficial, just not the ones that cause yeast infections) can…

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How To Beat Alzheimer’s: Neurologists Devise A Plan To Protect Yourself And Even Reverse Early Symptoms

How To Beat Alzheimer’s: Neurologists Devise A Plan To Protect Yourself And Even Reverse Early Symptoms

As a high-powered lawyer at the top of her game, Evelyne had always been efficient, authoritative and in control. But when she reached 60, she reluctantly began to accept that her mind wasn’t as sharp as it once had been. She found herself increasingly confounded by a nagging sense of confusion and exhaustion — and started second-guessing some of her decisions. But when Evelyne found herself going completely blank in the middle of an important presentation, she knew something was…

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Dancing Can Reverse The Signs Of Aging In The Brain

Dancing Can Reverse The Signs Of Aging In The Brain

As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise can reverse the signs of aging in the brain, and dancing has the most profound effect. “Exercise has the beneficial effect of slowing down or even counteracting age-related decline in mental and physical capacity,” says…

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Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday

Eat slowly. Your body takes 20 minutes to recognize it’s full. Those stars and colors you see when you rub your eyes are called phosphenes. The male brain is 10% bigger than the female’s but the female brain works more efficiently. Studies show those who don’t eat breakfast, or eat it only sometimes, are twice as likely to be overweight as those who eat two breakfasts.   Happy Friday!  source:   factualfacts.com   https://twitter.com/Fact   @Fact

This Fruit Reverses Brain Ageing

This Fruit Reverses Brain Ageing

A natural compound found in strawberries can reduce the mental effects of ageing. The antioxidant fisetin, when given to mice, was found to reduce their mental decline with age and inflammation in their body. Fisetin is also found in many other plants, such as apples, onions, cucumbers and persimmons. Dr Pamela Maher, who led the research said: “Companies have put fisetin into various health products but there hasn’t been enough serious testing of the compound. Based on our ongoing work,…

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