The Brain Health Blog

Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

When we’re by the water, our brains are held in a state of mild attentiveness. Being in a mindful state — in which the brain is relaxed but focused — benefits the mind and body on a number of different levels. A growing body of research has found myriad benefits associated with mindfulness, including lower stress levels, relief from mild anxiety, pain and depression, improved mental clarity and focus, and better sleep quality.

- The Huffington Post

Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

When we’re by the water, our brains are held in a state of mild attentiveness. Being in a mindful state — in which the brain is relaxed but focused — benefits the mind and body on a number of different levels. A growing body of research has found myriad benefits associated with mindfulness, including lower stress levels, relief from mild anxiety, pain and depression, improved mental clarity and focus, and better sleep quality.

- The Huffington Post

Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer’s

"Personality may influence the individual’s risk for dementia through its effect on behaviour, lifestyle or reactions to stress." Neuroticism involves being easily distressed and can be linked to worrying, jealousy or moodiness. People who are neurotic are more likely to express anger, guilt, envy, anxiety or depression.

- sundaypost.com

Neuroticism linked to Alzheimer’s

"Personality may influence the individual’s risk for dementia through its effect on behaviour, lifestyle or reactions to stress." Neuroticism involves being easily distressed and can be linked to worrying, jealousy or moodiness. People who are neurotic are more likely to express anger, guilt, envy, anxiety or depression.

- sundaypost.com

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Time spent in parks, gardens and other peaceful outdoor spaces can sharpen the mind. When we are relaxing or daydreaming, the brain does not really slow down or stop working. Many important mental processes require what we call downtime and other forms of rest during the day. Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to achieve our highest levels of performance.

- Scientific American

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Time spent in parks, gardens and other peaceful outdoor spaces can sharpen the mind. When we are relaxing or daydreaming, the brain does not really slow down or stop working. Many important mental processes require what we call downtime and other forms of rest during the day. Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to achieve our highest levels of performance.

- Scientific American

More Good News About Cranberries

Brain booster If you want to stay brilliant, be sure to snack on sweetened dried cranberries. Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds may protect the brain from age-related memory and coordination loss, according to Tufts University research.

- Health

More Good News About Cranberries

Brain booster
If you want to stay brilliant, be sure to snack on sweetened dried cranberries. Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds may protect the brain from age-related memory and coordination loss, according to Tufts University research.

- Health

Healthy Nuts

Brain Health Thanks to the healthy dose of vitamin E that nuts can deliver, they are considered a brain food — helping to prevent cognitive decline that happens with age. Peanuts (even though they are legumes, we commonly group them with nuts), in particular, may be a good choice because they are high in the B-vitamin folate, which improves neural health, reducing risk of cognitive decline.

- HuffPost Healthy Living

Healthy Nuts

Brain Health
Thanks to the healthy dose of vitamin E that nuts can deliver, they are considered a brain food — helping to prevent cognitive decline that happens with age. Peanuts (even though they are legumes, we commonly group them with nuts), in particular, may be a good choice because they are high in the B-vitamin folate, which improves neural health, reducing risk of cognitive decline.

- HuffPost Healthy Living

Eat Smart for a Healthier Brain

Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are good sources of vitamin E, says Pratt, explaining that higher levels of vitamin E correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older.

- WebMD

Eat Smart for a Healthier Brain

Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are good sources of vitamin E, says Pratt, explaining that higher levels of vitamin E correspond with less cognitive decline as you get older.

- WebMD

Chemicals in ‘Western’ Diet Show Alzheimer’s-Like Effects in Mice

But what about people? To get an idea, Vlassara’s team followed 93 adults aged 60 and older who gave blood samples and completed a standard questionnaire doctors use to screen for dementia. The investigators found that people with higher blood levels of a particular age tended to show a bigger dip in mental acuity over nine months.

- Yahoo! Health

Chemicals in ‘Western’ Diet Show Alzheimer’s-Like Effects in Mice

But what about people? To get an idea, Vlassara’s team followed 93 adults aged 60 and older who gave blood samples and completed a standard questionnaire doctors use to screen for dementia. The investigators found that people with higher blood levels of a particular age tended to show a bigger dip in mental acuity over nine months.

- Yahoo! Health

Three Times Mom Was Right

An apple a day… 
Studies have shown that the polyphenols in apples may protect brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s by helping to prevent oxidative damage.

- Yahoo! Shine

Three Times Mom Was Right

An apple a day…

Studies have shown that the polyphenols in apples may protect brain from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s by helping to prevent oxidative damage.

- Yahoo! Shine

Keys to preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Keeping mentally active:Crossword puzzles aren’t enough to challenge your brain, Pascual-Leone said, if you’re already a regular puzzle doer. Instead, pick up new skills like learning to dance or paint or do math problems — something that’s challenging and a little outside your comfort zone, he said.

- USA Today

Keys to preventing Alzheimer’s disease

Keeping mentally active:

Crossword puzzles aren’t enough to challenge your brain, Pascual-Leone said, if you’re already a regular puzzle doer. Instead, pick up new skills like learning to dance or paint or do math problems — something that’s challenging and a little outside your comfort zone, he said.

- USA Today

7 Foods That Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk

1. Walnuts (and almonds, pecans, hazelnuts) Walnuts might be small in size, but they pack a big nutritional punch. They are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat your brain needs. A study from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities found that mice given a diet including walnuts showed improvement in memory and motor coordination. Walnuts also contain vitamin E and flavonoids, which can help protect the brain.

- HuffPost

7 Foods That Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk

1. Walnuts (and almonds, pecans, hazelnuts)

Walnuts might be small in size, but they pack a big nutritional punch. They are filled with Omega-3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat your brain needs. A study from the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities found that mice given a diet including walnuts showed improvement in memory and motor coordination. Walnuts also contain vitamin E and flavonoids, which can help protect the brain.

- HuffPost