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  1. The post-coronavirus hobby that could ENHANCE your brain

    There’s a new kind of “bucket list” out there as millions of Americans make plans for the end of the pandemic.

    I’ve heard it all: Skydiving… bear hunting… Internet dating… global travel… plus a few I can’t even print here.

    But if you’re looking for a new experience once it’s safe to get back out, I’ve got an option that’s much closer to home and won’t cost you a dime.

    And it just might SAVE YOU from cognitive decline!

    It’s singing, but not in your car or shower.

    Specifically, it’s singing in a choir, as new research finds it can deliver two major benefits for seniors:

    • It can ENHANCE brainpower and BLOCK memory struggles
    • It can provide COMPANIONS and reduce LONELINESS and ISOLATION

    Yes, in many ways, it can deliver the ultimately protection against aging itself.

    How choral singing can SAVE your brain

    This study hits close to home.

    Maybe it’s because music is REALLY important to me.

    Maybe it’s because I sang in the church choir myself up until relatively recently.

    Or maybe it’s because nothing can make you experience feelings you didn’t even know you had quite like dozens of voices singing out in unison.

    Singing in a group is a special kind of magic – especially on those days or nights when everyone has nailed their part and you can literally feel the music inside your body.

    Now, the new study shows how the benefits go far beyond the music.

    First, it finds older choir singers have more verbal flexibility, which is a sign of greater cognitive flexibility.

    That’s a key indication of overall cognitive health, as it’s a measure of your ability to switch focus between different tasks.

    Second, it finds longtime singers feel a better sense of “togetherness,” which is great for your mental health and quality of life, and something I think we’ve all been missing over the past year.

    And third, it finds that older folks who aren’t longtime singers also enjoy big-time benefits: Choir members who’ve been at it for less than 10 years are happier with their overall than folks the same age who aren’t singers.

    If you’re interested in seeing – and hearing – those benefits for yourself, joining a choir isn’t hard. Every church has one, and most communities also have secular choirs and clubs, too.

    And they all have something in common: They ALWAYS need singers!

    No one’s gonna look down on you if you’ve never sang a note.

    In fact, most of them love nothing more than watching someone find their voice.

    So if you’re interested in raising your own voice, look online or check with your local church once the conditions near you allow for it.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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