Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: July 17, 2012
Did you know that the process of aging begins in early 30s with occasional forgetfulness; with the rate of decline accelerating after age 50? As you keep your body fit, help improve your brain's cognitive abilities by learning new things on a regular basis. Learning a new language or musical instrument in adulthood is a great brain exercise.
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Brain Food: Add some fat in your salad
Fat-soluble nutrients like lycopene, beta carotene and lutein are strong antioxidants and beneficial to your brain's cognition. These nutrients need a little bit of fat to get absorbed into your system. This applies the most to salads because the vegetables aren't prepared with anything except the dressing. A recent study shows that the best dressing to use is actually NOT the fat-free kind. Adding a little bit of monounsaturated fat such as canola oil or olive oil will help with the absorption of these valuable nutrients. Abstract study results.
Just for Laugh
For years, it was thought that cognitive changes are an unavoidable consequence of brain machinery wearing down over time. But recent evidence suggests that mental stimulation improves brain function and actually protects against cognitive decline, as does physical exercise. So listen to
Pam Peterson's song 'Senior Moments' just to laugh and release dopamine, one of the brain chemicals that enables plasticity.