Tag Archives: brain health

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Marijuana Decreases Brain Blood Flow, Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

Discriminative Properties of Hippocampal Hypoperfusion in Marijuana Users Compared to Healthy Controls: Implications for Marijuana Administration in Alzheimer’s Dementia Background: Few studies have evaluated the impact of marijuana use on regional cerebral blood flow. Objective: To determine whether perfusion in specific brain regions on functional neuroimaging, including those affected by Alzheimer’s disease pathology, are abnormal…

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December 5, 2016
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Low Vitamin D associated with increased risk of cognitive decline according to new study

http://blog.designsforhealth.com/ According to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology last month, researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and Duke University have associated low vitamin D levels with an increased risk of cognitive decline in the elderly. The results reinforce the importance of identifying vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly. Low vitamin D…

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September 2, 2016
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Vitamin D and fish oils control brain serotonin

Many studies have demonstrated that fish oils and vitamin D help improve cognitive function, but what exactly is the mechanism of action? In an article just published in FASEB Journal, serotonin is described as the possible missing link, explaining why vitamin D and fish oil may have such a significant effect on neurological disorders. Previous…

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May 8, 2015

Pomegranate’s Punicalagin Inhibits Neuroinflammation

Regular intake and regular consumption of pomegranate has many health benefits including reducing inflammation. Researchers are working on defining a standardized dose with the end result of developing a drug to prevent the neuro-inflammation related to dementia, which could slow the progression of the disease. In this study (in the slideshow), the effects of punicalagin…

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December 20, 2014

Get “the skinny” on fats for brain health

The omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are crucial for healthy neurotransmitter production and nervous system function. EPA is a potent anti-inflammatory, while DHA contributes to the fluidity of cell membranes. Omega-3 fatty acids are called “essential” fats for good reason; our bodies cannot make them, so we must get them…

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September 29, 2014

Kids’ Brain Power Linked to Moms’ Omega-3 Levels

Omega-3 levels in mothers’ milk trumped other brain factors; Excess of omega-6s blunts brain power Human brains depend heavily on a specific omega-3 fat for basic functions. That omega-3 fatty acid – called DHA – is the dominant fat in human brain and eye cells. We cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, so we have to…

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September 24, 2014