memory problems

  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. Dealing with depression using fish oil

    Beat depression with omega-3 fatty acids

    Antidepressants are usually a bad idea at any age -- but they're especially dangerous for seniors, who face a higher risk of stroke, seizures, falls, and even death when they take the drugs.

    And all of those risks are completely unnecessary -- because in most cases, the drugs themselves are unnecessary. You could be dealing with depression with safe and natural supplements, and new research backs one of the solutions I recommend most: omega-3 fatty acids.

    Most people don't realize this, but the brain is 60 percent fat -- and without a steady supply of healthy fats in the diet, it could starve. And when your brain starves, you can suffer mood and memory problems and even start dealing with depression. 

    For example, the 46 depressed senior women in the new study all had low levels of these critical fatty acids. They were given either 2.5 grams of omega-3s a day or a placebo -- and after 8 weeks, the women on the real omega-3s showed big-time improvements in dealing with depression when compared to the women on the placebo.

    But don't wait for depression to strike to start taking an omega-3 supplement of your own. Start now, and you can prevent depression as well as those memory problems I just mentioned.

    And that includes the worst memory problem of all: dementia.

    Studies have shown that seniors with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to face cognitive decline and a faster rate of brain shrink -- and while all our brains shrink a little as we age, a faster shrink is often a warning sign of dementia.

    In one study, the brains of seniors with low levels of omega-3s had so much shrinkage that researchers said it was as if they were two years older than their real age.

    The bottom line here is you need an omega-3 fatty acid supplement even when you're not dealing with depression -- ideally a quality fish oil from a maker your trust. Along with protecting mood and memory, fish oil can help prevent stroke and heart disease, fight inflammation, boost the immune system, and more.

    Some studies have even shown that people who take fish oil have a lower risk of death from all causes.

    I'm not done fishing yet -- keep reading for more.

  3. 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.
  4. The myth of the 'senior moment'

    The "senior moment" -- it's one of the most common stereotypes in movies and on television. But the "senior moment" used so often for cheap laughs isn't nearly as "common" as you've been led to believe. In fact, most seniors barely experience any significant form of cognitive decline over the years.

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