5 Steps to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Push-ups stimulate blood flow to the brain, generating new brain cells, which are your body's most effective weapon against cognitive disease. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Push-ups stimulate blood flow to the brain, generating new brain cells, which are your body’s most effective weapon against cognitive disease. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting some 5.4 million Americans, according to Alzheimer’s Association. Lower your risk with this 5-step plan from Dr. Mehmet Oz and neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi (via www.doctoroz.com):

  1. Take a DHA supplement. Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that makes up much of your brain tissue. This supplement will reduce inflammation, fight the plaque buildup associated with Alzheimer’s, and increases blood flow to your brain. Research has shown that taking 600mg of DHA supplement daily for six months can help your brain to function as if it were three years younger.
  2. Switch things up. Adding variety to your daily mental routine cross-trains different muscles in your brain to prevent memory impairment. Try putting your watch on your opposite wrist, using your opposite hand while brushing your teeth, doing your hair, eating or writing.Continue Reading …
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Top 5 Brainpower-Boosting Foods

Blueberries can improve your balance and coordination, and shield your brain from short-term memory loss. (Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

For a diet that supports both your body and your brain, make these five scrumptious superfoods staples in your kitchen (via Greener Ideal):

  1. Oily fish. Salmon, mackerel, herrings and sardines are packed with Omega 3 oils, which are essential for developing and maintaining healthy brain tissue. Eat two portions per week for better energy and concentration.
  2. Blueberries. Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, blueberries help protect your brain from short-term memory loss, and can even improve your balance and coordination.
  3. Pumpkin seeds. This delicious snack and salad topping contains Omega 3 oils and zinc to maintain the part of the brain that is responsible for sensory function.
  4. Avocados. Though they’re often overlooked due to their high fat content, avocados improve focus and alertness by increasing blood flow to the brain, and can even help lower blood pressure.
  5. Chocolate. The antioxidants in dark and milk chocolates with a high percentage of cocoa solids can improve your memory, motor functions and reaction times.
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