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7 Proven Ways to Keep Your Brain Young

Friday, March 15th 2024 10:00am 2 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

In the United States, over 5 million individuals are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that leads the causes of dementia and ranks as the sixth leading cause of death. Alarmingly, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s is increasing, with 13% of those over 65 and 43% of individuals over 85 affected. This disease is becoming a hallmark of the baby boomer generation, with projections suggesting a tripling of cases by 2050.

Moreover, an estimated 10 million people are grappling with severe forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Beyond these, millions more experience milder forms of cognitive decline, often referred to as “senior moments,” which include memory loss and reduced thinking and reasoning capabilities. These cognitive impairments can stem from natural aging, poor nutrition, and environmental toxins, presenting a challenge as conventional pharmaceuticals often offer limited benefits and come with significant side effects.

Natural Strategies for Cognitive Preservation

1. The Cognitive Benefits of Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri, a herb revered in Ayurvedic medicine for its cognitive-enhancing properties, has shown promise in clinical studies. Research indicates that Bacopa can improve memory recall and cognitive function, making it a popular choice among older adults seeking natural memory aids.

2. Ginkgo Biloba’s Memory Support

Ginkgo Biloba, known for its antioxidant properties, has been linked to improved memory and cognitive functions. Comparative studies suggest that Ginkgo Biloba can be as effective as certain prescription medications in treating mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s, highlighting its potential as a natural therapeutic option.

3. Dietary Flavonoids: Chocolate, Wine, and Tea

Consuming flavonoid-rich foods like chocolate, wine, and tea may enhance cognitive performance. Studies suggest a correlation between these foods and improved thinking skills, with moderate consumption yielding the most significant benefits.

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