"In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist."
Food that Might Protect Your Brain and Save Your Life: A Discussion about the Ecology of Alzheimer's With Dr. Neal Barnard
"It’s not genes that carry us into a healthy old age—or not genes alone. Lifestyle factors are very, very influential in determining who survives and who does not—as well as in determining who can think clearly decade after decade and who succumbs to the tragedy of dementia."
"Lack of adequate blood flow to the brain due to clogging of cerebral arteries may play a pivotal role in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s dementia."
Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease
"High-tech advances, such as PET scanning, offer new insight into the role cholesterol plays in both the amyloid cascade and vascular models of the development of Alzheimer’s dementia."
Preventing Alzheimer’s with Lifestyle Changes
"Lifestyle changes could potentially prevent hundreds of thousands of cases of Alzheimer’s disease every year in the United States."
New Study: Vegan Diet Protects Against Memory Loss
"Ever have trouble remembering where you left your keys? Not sure what you ate for breakfast yesterday? A vegan diet might be the answer to your woes!
A new study out of the Rush University Medical Center indicates that eating more green vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli can boost your memory and even keep brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay."
This Fruit May Help Prevent Alzheimer's, Says New Study
"Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center think that the blueberry could be the ultimate brain food. It's already considered a "super fruit" for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, but, according to their new research, it could also be used as a weapon to fight Alzheimer's disease."
"Just in case you need another reason to cut back on junk food, it now turns out that Alzheimer’s could well be a form of diet-induced diabetes. That’s the bad news. The good news is that laying off soda, doughnuts, processed meats and fries could allow you to keep your mind intact until your body fails you."
"In many respects, Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes. Even in the earliest stages of disease, the brain’s ability to metabolize sugar is reduced. Normally, insulin plays a big role in helping the brain take up sugar from the blood. But, in Alzheimer’s, insulin is not very effective in the brain. Consequently, the brain cells practically starve to death."
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Dementia and Diabetes News: (Mis)Adventures in Nutrition in Medicine
"A recent review found a growing body of literature showing decreased risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia with greater adherence to plant-based diets."
Meat Dementia: The Animal Protein and Mental Health Connection
"Leading British psychotherapist, Peter Field has advised people to abstain from eating meat and animal protein if they value their mental health. According to Field, there is a direct link between the consumption of animal protein and cognitive dysfunction, which may result in Alzheimer’s and senile dementia."
"Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women who consumed the most "bad" fats in their study were also the ones who had the worse memory and brain functioning over the four-year study period, compared with women who consumed the fewest "bad" fats."
Trans Fats-Brain Damage Link Suggested By New Study On Nutrient Levels
"Nutrient biomarker patterns, cognitive function, and MRI measures of brain aging," published in the Dec. 28 issue of Neurology, found some striking patterns relating what people eat to how their brains function... people with high plasma levels of B vitamins and vitamins D, E and C had more total brain volume and better overall cognitive functioning. Additionally, people with higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids running through their bloodstreams were found to have better executive function... the study indicated that eating foods high in trans fats -- mostly junk food, like processed pastries and fatty red meats –- may cause brain damage"
News Analysis: Eating to Forget - The 'Stroke Belt' diet may make you lose your mind
"There’s an absolute link between diet, heart disease, stroke and cognitive decline. Your vascular system is like a tree. There is one main network. If you clog your arteries via diet it affects your entire body.... Just like heart disease and stroke, vascular dementia is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries."
"Different fruits and vegetables appear to support different cognitive domains of the brain, so both variety and quantity are important."
Sleep Is Critical for Brain Detoxification, Groundbreaking Research Finds
"Now, researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Center for Translational Neuromedicine believe they may have discovered yet another clue as to why sleep is mandatory for good health—especially brain health"
Supporting Evidence for Aspartame-Alzheimer’s Link Emerges
"Most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States still recommend no- or low-calorie artificial sweeteners as an acceptable, and even preferred, alternative to sugar. This flawed advice can have very serious repercussions for those who follow it."
"We tend to think that a loss of mental acuity is just part of getting older — but age is not the only contributing factor to cognitive decline. Our lifestyle also plays a key role. Poor diet, a lack of sleep and exercise, ongoing stress, smoking and environmental pollutants all damage fragile brain cells.
Fortunately, mental deterioration is not irreversible. In fact, the brain is incredibly dynamic and has the potential and the ability to change at any point throughout our entire life. And, you have the power to enhance your brain function, protect your brain from damage and counteract the effects of aging! It all comes down to your everyday decisions."
Special Brain Exercise ‘Enhances Brain Performance’, New Study Finds
"Not all types of meditation are created equally. Some alter our brainwave states so that we become more calm and centered, helping us sleep better at night or dampen the ‘monkey-mind’ which many traditions speak of, the tendency for our minds to wander from thought to thought incessantly. Others boost brain performance, or reduce stress."
Diet May Be As Important To Mental Health As It Is To Physical Health
"The traditional line of treatment for mental heath problems has been pharmaceutical interventions or treatments like talk therapy, or some combination of the two. Diet and exercise are rarely taken into consideration, except by "alternative" practitioners. Bringing diet into the equation would represent a major shift in the field of mental health care, opening up new modes of treatment and low-cost, low side-effect interventions for individuals suffering from a range of mental health concerns."
Relationship Between Diet and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review
"We systematically reviewed 12 epidemiological studies to determine whether an association exists between diet quality and patterns and mental health in children and adolescents; 9 explored the relationship using diet as the exposure, and 3 used mental health as the exposure.
We found evidence of a significant, cross-sectional relationship between unhealthy dietary patterns and poorer mental health in children and adolescents. We observed a consistent trend for the relationship between good-quality diet and better mental health and some evidence for the reverse."
"Despite the popularity of music-based interventions in dementia care, there is a limited knowledge of how and why people with dementia find music beneficial for their well-being. A qualitative study was conducted to develop further insights into the musical experiences of people with dementia and explore the meaning of music in their lives."