This simple compound can boost your brain
There was a time you could answer the questions on Jeopardy! faster than anyone on the show.
Today, sometimes it's a struggle just to figure out those silly Wheel of Fortune word puzzles.
Frustrating? You bet it is!
Complain to your doc, and he'll cut you off the way Alex Trebek handles a losing contestant.
"Just part of aging," he'll say. "Get used to it."
Well, my friend, I'm here to say that while those annoying little brain burps certainly ARE part of aging, you DON'T have to get used to it!
I'm sure you've noticed that some folks stay sharp well into their eighth decade, while others struggle to remember their social security number the day it comes time to finally collect those benefits.
Now, new research shows one key difference between the two groups, and it's something you could have the power to fix.
It comes down to a key brain chemical called GABA.
As we get older, GABA levels tend to drop -- and as they drop, the new study finds, our brainpower sinks right along with it.
But some lucky seniors don't see that same GABA slump. And in the new study, folks like that ran rings around everyone else on cognitive tests, despite the fact that they had an average age of 73.
That means this simple brain chemical -- a neurotransmitter already found naturally in your own body -- could have the power to STOP, SLOW, and even REVERSE the cognitive slide that comes with age!
The new research helps confirm a series of cutting-edge studies that show how critical GABA is to the formation and storage of memories, especially the all-important "working memory" we rely on every day for learning, reasoning, and decision-making.
Clearly, you need to keep your GABA up. But, as I mentioned earlier, it's a tough task, since those levels tend to drop with age.
There are two ways to turn that around.
First, make a few tweaks to your diet. You won't find GABA itself in any foods, but you WILL find glutamic acid, which your body can convert to GABA. Bananas, broccoli, almonds, oats, and spinach are all terrific sources of glutamic acid.
And second, you can also get it from a safe, inexpensive, and easy to find supplement.
Along with giving your memory a little lift, GABA is also a powerful natural relaxant that can help calm nerves, ease anxiety, quiet an overly busy mind, and help you sleep.
I'll have another way to boost your brainpower coming up later today, and you're going to love this one... because it's absolutely delicious.
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