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  1. B vitamins can help protect against memory problems

    Common vitamins beat dementia

    I'll take Mother Nature over Big Pharma any day -- and once again, she's delivered where the drug industry has failed: A breakthrough new study confirms that ordinary B vitamins can fight dementia and memory problems by slowing the physical damage in the brain that accompanies the disease.

    That's not just good news. That's life-changing news for the millions of seniors facing the ravages of cognitive decline and memory problems.

    But if you think Big Pharma is going to throw in the towel and recommend vitamins, you just don't know them very well.

    As I write this, they're working on a way to sell B vitamins as a drug -- and you can bet it'll cost a small fortune to get your hands on it when they eventually ram it through the FDA approvals process.

    The good news is, you don't have to wait for this "drug" and you certainly don't have to shell out big money to get it when it does reach the market -- because you can get the same doses of brain-protecting B vitamins used in the research from your local vitamin shop right now.

    And it'll cost you just pennies a day.

    I have so much more to share with you on the breakthrough science every senior needs to read -- including the exact doses I recommend -- coming up in the July issue of my Health Revelations newsletter.

    Subscribers, you can expect to find it in your mailbox in the coming weeks. Not a subscriber? Sign up here and beat the drug industry at its own game.

    While you wait for that issue to arrive, there are other steps you can take right now to protect your brain from memory problems, starting with ordinary exercise. It's the single best way to improve circulation -- and if any part of your body depends on good circulation as much as your heart, it's your brain.

    Once you start to work out, your risk of dementia could plunge by more than a third, according to a recent study.

    And of course, don't forget the role of diet here.

    Despite what you may have heard elsewhere, a low-fat diet simply isn't the best way to protect your brain for memory problems. Your brain actually depends on fat -- especially the healthy fats found in fish and olive oil.

    That's why a new study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry finds that older people who stick to a Mediterranean diet rich in these healthy fats have higher scores on mental tests and a lower risk of brain impairment and dementia than dieters who go low-fat.

    The Mediterranean diet also has more food choices and better food choices -- and you won't walk around feeling hungry all the time like you do when you try a low-fat diet.

    And if that's not enough of an incentive to give it a try, this delicious diet can also protect your heart and prevent stroke. (Learn more here.)

    Finally, remember that many cases of dementia may not be dementia at all. Everything from drug side effects to metals exposure can cause or mimic cognitive decline -- which is why it's essential to visit a holistic physician who can run tests to help find the real cause of your memory problems.

    In many cases, these "non-dementia dementias" can be treated and even reversed.

  2. Easy and inexpensive ways to boost your brainpower

    Want to be smart? Follow your mother's advice and don't forget to take your vitamins -- because even the basics can deliver noticeable and almost immediate benefits.

    No part of the body responds quicker to good nutrition than the brain, and a series of new studies show how quality supplements can give you the boost you've been looking for in a matter of weeks -- helping you to think sharper, quicker, and better than ever.

    Start with the second letter of the alphabet -- B vitamins.

    In one of the studies, men given a high-dose B complex for 33 days improved on tests measuring mood, stress, and cognitive performance, and reported being less "mentally tired" after taking those tests.

    The study was on men, but I have no doubt the benefits would apply to women as well because B vitamins such as B6, B12, and folate have proven time and again to help protect the brain.

    But they're also water soluble, which means your body doesn't store them. They literally go right through you -- in your mouth and out your urine, which is why it's not enough to get them only some of the time.

    You need to make sure you get them every single day.

    Along with those B vitamins, be sure to take a quality multi -- because another recent study found that women who took them for nine weeks had a boost in multitasking abilities.

    More specifically, they had improved accuracy and faster responses while multitasking… and, as a bonus, they had lower levels of the inflammation marker homocysteine.

    Again, there's no reason these benefits wouldn't apply to men and women alike. Just make sure your multivitamin comes from a maker you trust, and not the local dollar store.

    And while you're at it, be sure to take some fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids are great for the brain, especially DHA. In one recent study, adults who took between 1 and 2 grams of DHA a day saw improvements in blood flow in the brain while engaged in cognitive tasks.

    Of course, none of these supplements are miracle pills. They're not going to magically undo the damage of an unhealthy lifestyle, but they're an important part of the big picture -- both in the short term and over the long haul.

    Your own needs will depend on your diet, lifestyle, and even genetic factors that might make it more difficult for you to hold onto certain nutrients. A holistic doctor can run some tests to help you figure you which ones you need, how much you need, and the best way to get them.

  3. Too much of this mineral can be bad for the brain

    Most nutrients are not only safe in high amounts, they're necessary -- because too many people simply don't get nearly enough of the essentials from diet alone.
  4. Foods that will ruin your mood

    When I get a patient facing depression, one of the first things I do -- before I run a single test -- is ask what they've been eating. And most of the time, the answer to that question tells me everything I need to know -- because people who eat garbage usually end up with a mood down in the dumps.
  5. Curry spice beats Parkinson's

    Love curry? You're going to love it even more now: Researchers have found that a compound locked inside a key curry spice has the power to stop Parkinson's disease in its tracks.
  6. FDA refuses to take action on BPA

    If the FDA can't see why it's a bad idea to feed everyone -- even babies -- chemical versions of hormones, then they should get out of regulation business altogether.
  7. When cholesterol gets too low

    So you've followed your mainstream doctor's advice and brought your LDL cholesterol levels crashing down to meet the latest guidelines, probably with the help of drugs such as statins. And now, instead of good health, you're sicker than ever.
  8. Eye disease linked to brain disorders

    Keep an eye on your eyes -- because your peepers just might be the first part of your body to spy dementia coming.
  9. Berries boost your brain

    And now, a new review of the research shows how berries can actually supercharge your brain and improve the way your neurons communicate. That adds up to better motor control and cognition and lower levels of dangerous inflammation -- all from a handful of delicious blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or cranberries.
  10. Feed your brain some fat

    There are plenty of places on the body where you definitely don't want fat building up. But there's one place you want as fat as can be, and that's right inside your skull.
  11. Power your brain with videogames

    Here's a new way to bond with your grandson: Instead of telling him to turn off the videogames and get outside, tell him to move over so you can join him.
  12. Another bad use for painkillers

    Hearts have been broken for about as long as there have been hearts to break -- but it's only in recent years that people began to rely on drugs to get over the emotional toll of rejection. And if a new study is any indication, self-medication for this "condition" is about to get dangerously easy.
  13. Overeating could ruin your brain

    Empty calories aren't just bad for your belly. They can be downright ruinous for your brain -- and the latest research shows again how people who eat the most have the highest risk of memory problems.
  14. Get some sun to slash your stroke risk

    I can think of about a million reasons to get outside and bask in the sunlight every day -- but if you're looking for one of your own, how about this: It can slash your risk of a stroke.
  15. A stroke while you sleep

    The only thing scarier than a stroke is having one and not even knowing it. It's the so-called "silent" stroke -- given the name because it comes and goes with no symptoms.
  16. Nicotine may slow cognitive decline

    Could nicotine possibly be good for you? Short answer: Yes... sort of, and a new study shows again how the most addictive ingredient in cigarettes could help boost the brain.
  17. Power your sperm with seafood

    Gentlemen, if you want to keep your sperm swimming -- and who doesn't? -- head on over to the nearest fish market and load up on tuna and salmon.
  18. Cognitive decline begins in middle age

    Senior moments aren't just for seniors anymore. Anyone can have a brain hiccup no matter how old or young they are -- but the latest research shows that the cognitive slide we usually associate with aging actually begins earlier than anyone would have thought.
  19. The key vitamins that will protect your brain

    Some brains, however, shrink faster than others -- and since this rapid loss of gray matter is often a warning sign of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, you want to limit your own shrinkage as much as possible. And the best way to do that is with the vitamins you should be getting anyway.
  20. Nothing fishy about it: Seafood will boost your brainpower

    "Fish is brain food" is the kind of age-old folk wisdom that's been proven time and again by cutting-edge science -- and the latest research confirms that the best way to keep your brain swimming in gray matter is with a steady diet of fish.

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