Preserve your memory with this one powerful trick

Ever walk into a room and forget why you're there? Run into an old friend and space on his name? Search frantically for something, only to find that it's been in your hands all along?

Yeah, we've all been there.

Those little brain burps are just an ordinary -- if frustrating -- part of life at any age.

But when they start to add up... when they seem to happen all the time... it can be more than just frustrating.

It can be downright frightening.

You might think that you're starting to lose your mind, feeling the gray matter ooze right out of your ears and worrying that dementia is starting to set in.

Well, friend, new research spots one key to keeping your mind sharp -- and that's to make sure it has all the fuel it needs to store and retrieve memories and more.

It's a little like a factory: If there's no fuel coming from the furnace below, the whole line will come grinding to a halt.

In this case, the fuel is the blood coming from your heart. If it can't pump out all that blood packed with the oxygen and nutrients your brain needs, your whole thought process could come grinding to a halt.

Next thing you know, you're looking for the keys again... even if they're right in your hand.

What makes this study so important for you, me, and everyone else is that it didn't focus on people with actual problems pumping blood, such as heart failure.

And it didn't study the extreme memory loss that marks dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

It looked at folks who were mostly healthy, even if they were battling some of the typical problems that come with age. Some even had mild cognitive impairment -- which is when those "senior moments" start happening a little too often.

It revealed that even low-but-normal levels of pumping led to changes in the brain, making it look older -- and not just by a few months or years.

The blood flow in the brain looked like what you'd see in someone up to TWO DECADES older, increasing the risk of memory loss and cognitive impairment.

Clearly, one key to a sharper, younger brain is keeping the furnace of your heart fired up -- and one important and easy way to do that is with vitamin D.

This essential nutrient is proven to boost what's known as ejection fraction, or how well your heart pumps blood. That can not only slow the aging of the brain, as the new study shows, but it can help cut the risk of something even more damaging: heart failure.

Most people need between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day. Your doc can tell you how much you need and the best way to get it.

For some one-on-one help preserving heart function and boosting your health, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.

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