Archive for July, 2016
One of the most studied and proven routes to a healthy brain is regular exercise.
But what type of exercise is the most beneficial for brain health?
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine set out to answer that question, and they had a rather ambitious plan. They studied the effects of different types of exercise on brain health for a full 21 years.
And there’s one specific activity that tops their ranking of all recreational activities (both mental and physical) because it lowered risk of dementia more than three-fourths (76%, to be exact).1
That sure got my attention. If it’s got yours, keep reading. . .
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According to the Albert Einstein researchers, the BEST type of exercise for brain health is …
- Enjoyable – Exercise is only effective if you do it consistently. And if you enjoy it, you’ll do it!
- Varied – Variation in your workout boosts serotonin levels more than running the same path or performing the same routines repeatedly, found researchers for the documentary ‘Happy’.2
- Involves other people – Social interaction builds and sustains relationships, contributing to happiness, longevity, and overall well-being.
- Mentally challenging, with enough change or variables to cause new neural pathways to grow.
- And … musical.
There’s only one type of exercise that checks off all these boxes …
The Perfect Type of Exercise?
With as many different types of dance as there are songs, variety is the only constant. As I just said, variation boosts serotonin levels.
Serotonin counteracts depression and regulates sleep, priming your body to fight disease. This is great news for those who are in the preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s or trying to prevent Alzheimer’s altogether. (See Issue #285)
Plus, a pilot study for Arts in Psychotherapy confirmed the positive effects dance had on depressed individuals—especially important because depression is a huge signal for the onset of Alzheimer’s.3
Variety not only puts you in a better mood, it actually increases your brain mass.
Richard Powers, an expert in American social dance, said the “split-second, rapid fire decision making” required in dance causes new neural pathways to grow in the brain.
And out of all the physical and mental exercise out there, dance alone stimulates the kinesthetic, rational, musical and emotional parts of the brain at once.4
This Latin American Dance Class
Checks All the Boxes—and Then Some
Dancing certainly sounds like the perfect exercise. But traditional dance also presents some obstacles, such as the need for a partner. Many people, especially, the elderly, may not have a “significant other”. And even among those who do, the partner may not be willing to take a dance class.
For older people, physical restrictions, too, may make partner dancing impossible. Not to mention, events, classes and clubs can be exclusive, expensive, or hard to find.
Zumba — the Latin American dance/fitness class, widely available now across the country.
It makes sense why this group fitness class has become so popular …
Zumba classes incorporate a variety of moves, styles of music, and ever-changing routines, keeping participants on their toes, both mentally and physically.
Although you can master individual steps, the varied routines and continually changing repertoire provide endless mental challenge. It forces you to make instant choices as you watch and imitate the instructor’s movements.
Plus, the safe, fun group environment is full of encouraging shouts and silliness… and it seems to make the drudgery of “working out” feel more like a party.
Zumba is Not Just for Young Whipper-Snappers
Even though this sassy dance class is loud and high energy, it’s not just for young people. One study that found Zumba improved cognitive function and aerobic endurance in participants over 70.5
Besides that, the class can be adapted for those in chairs and can also be taught in water, making it accessible for people of any age or ability. You can even wear ear plugs if the music is too loud.
Even a few 90-year-olds insist their regular participation in Zumba keeps dementia at bay… and smiles on their faces.6
You can find Zumba classes at most gyms, and many community centers and churches offer classes for free. Faithful instructors even bring the movement into nursing homes.
In the interest of scientific investigation … and a healthy brain … you may just find me salsa-ing the afternoon away at a Zumba class near you…
3 Emotions in motion: Short-term group form Dance/Movement Therapy in the treatment of depression: A pilot study
San Francisco chef Sharon Nahm sings the praises of a small golden-yellow citrus fruit.
It “has a fragrant aroma and refreshing flavor that you just can’t get from lemons or limes.”
Native to China but cultivated in Korea and Japan, its popularity is growing with gourmet chefs and upscale bartenders. It has a distinctive taste and smell that make its juice and peel ideal to add to cocktails, sauces, marmalades, salad dressings and more.
It has also come to the attention of medical researchers because of its history of use in Japanese traditional medicine to calm the mind and protect the body.
Because of its health benefits, some have even labeled it as a new super-fruit.
It’s called yuzu. Keep reading to learn more. . .
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Prevents Cognitive Dysfunction
Yuzu has powerful protective properties.
When eaten ripe the fruit was found to contain “higher amounts of vitamin C and phenolics [plant chemicals] than other citrus fruits and could therefore be used as a significant dietary source of antioxidants.”
It is also rich in the flavonoids rutin, naringin, hesperidin and quercetin. These are known to protect against Alzheimer’s through their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions.
Yuzu extract was fed to rodents infused with chemicals that cause the formation of beta amyloid plaques in the hypothalamus area of the brain. These plaques are a major characteristic of Alzheimer’s and harm the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose, the brain’s main source of energy.
The scientists concluded that “oral consumption of flavonoid-rich yuzu extract prevented cognitive dysfunction, normalized insulin signaling in the hippocampus and improved energy and glucose metabolism.”
The Aromatic Benefits of Yuzu
Yuzu has roles that extends beyond nutrition.
Top New York chef Gregory Brainin says yuzu “has an amazing floral citrus fragrance – you can smell it from across the room.”
This distinctive aroma has many health benefits.
In Japan it’s a 300-year-old custom to take a yuzu-yu at the winter solstice. Yuzu fruits are floated in a hot bath while the recipient enjoys a relaxing soak and inhales the wonderful scent.
The yuzu-yu style of bathing is said to create a feeling of well-being, ease tension, reduce stress, treat rough skin, rheumatism and arthritis, and guard against colds. It does sound like a nice way to kick off the winter season!
And there’s something to it medically. Five studies tested the effect of inhaling yuzu aromatic oil in different settings. They found:
- 24 patients about to undergo surgery fell asleep more easily and woke up feeling better
- 13 healthy people saw their heart rate decrease
- Eight depressed patients experienced reductions in anger, hostility, and fatigue – and saw a recovery of vigor
- 61 mothers experienced a decrease in anxiety for their sick child
- 20 women saw reduced states of tension-anxiety, anger-hostility, depression-dejection, confusion and total mood disturbance.
Now, these small studies don’t add up to overwhelming evidence, but they strongly suggest there’s something good at work. In the most recent study, published in 2016, Japanese researchers sought to find out if yuzu aromatic oil had any effect on the emotional state of 21 women in their 20s.
After a ten-minute inhalation their heart rate significantly decreased, reflecting greater parasympathetic nervous system activity. This response promotes rest, relaxation and “feel good” hormones. This benefit continued for another 25 minutes.
The women also showed decreased total mood disturbance, anxiety and fatigue.
Where to Buy Yuzu
Yuzu is not easy to find even during their short winter growing season.
Japanese-Americans introduced yuzu trees to California over a century ago, so from November you should find fresh yuzu in some farmers’ markets or as dwarf trees in garden centers and nurseries.
Outside of California they are only likely to be found in Japanese markets.
Since yuzu has large pips and small amounts of flesh, the most convenient way of enjoying its benefits is in juice or concentrated forms, which are more widely available from specialty stores and online all year round.
Yuzu essential oil can be purchased from aromatherapy suppliers. Inhale and enjoy!
The worst thing you can do for your brain is nothing. If you’re not busy improving your brain health, you’re letting it decline.
For instance, as I’ve often pointed out, physical activity protects your brain.1 When you jog, play tennis, lift weights or engage in other exercise you increase the blood supply to the brain and boost its function. If you just sit around the house all day, the brain’s blood supply suffers.
But there’s something else you should periodically pick up besides weights, a tennis ball or other exercise equipment. . .
Challenge your brain and it gets stronger. Give it too much time off, and it may atrophy and go on permanent vacation.
IQ and Survival
Some of the first medical investigations into how the brain affects health, longevity and memory-loss looked at IQ and life expectancy. The research demonstrated that people with higher IQs tend to live longer. No kidding. . .
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For instance, a 70-year study in Scotland that involved 1,000 people clearly found that intelligence promotes longevity.2
More recently, a study in Israel showed that people with higher IQs have brains that contain increased levels of a substance made by the body called activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP). ADNP, say the researchers, helps protect the brain’s neurons against falling victim to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.3
It’s Never Too Late to Exercise Your Brain
Now if you enter your later years without having spent much time engaged in mind-challenging activities, it’s not too late, researchers say. Exercising your brain and engaging it in mentally taxing pursuits help it age better.
Late-life mental diversions still produce benefit even if they don’t offer all the advantages of those in early childhood – nor as much as your inborn smarts or the benefits of exercising your brain throughout adulthood.
According to a study at UCLA, tackling a highbrow book, learning a new language, or trying to solve a difficult mental puzzle can stimulate a part of the brain called the locus coeruleus. When activated, this rather small, and blue-shaded, section of the brain stem secretes norepinephrine, a powerful neurotransmitter that sharpens memory, attention and cognition.
The distribution of this neurotransmitter is aided by the fact that neurons from the locus coeruleus are linked to other parts of the brain by way of branching axons that help control blood vessel activity.
The California researchers note that norepinephrine in the brain may help fend off Alzheimer’s disease by lowering inflammation and dampening excessive stimulation from other neurotransmitters.4
Researcher Mara Mather says that norepinephrine levels go up when you engage in a mentally demanding activity like playing a difficult piece of music or solving a word puzzle.
“Activation of the locus coeruleus-norepinephrine system by novelty and mental challenge throughout one’s life may contribute to cognitive reserve,” says Mather.
Cognitive reserve is the term used to describe the extra brain power and brain tissue you possess that gives you a cushion against the loss of neurons we naturally experience with advancing age.
A European study of more than 2,000 older adults supports Mather’s opinion. This study found that while a high IQ earlier in life provides cognitive reserve that protects aging brains, mental stimulation in “leisure activities even in old age may lead to further enrichment effects and thereby may be related to better cognitive functioning.” 5
The message of these studies is simple: For a better brain, keep broadening your mental horizons. Otherwise, you may find your memory prematurely shrinking.
As you age, a common change in the way your body functions makes you more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease.
But you can temper this increased risk.
The problem starts with the fact that an aging body is a colder body. As you approach and enter your senior years, the internal temperature that your body maintains cools down. And the decrease in temperature, even though it is modest, makes the brain more likely to develop problems with thinking and memory.
Cornell University researchers discover a special “neuro-talent” you
may share with Abraham Lincoln and Princess Dianna. It could be. . .
Away Your Energy!
The Wall Street Journal says 1 in 5 Americans don’t know it, but they’re gifted with a special yet exhausting talent they share with some of history’s most beloved icons – people like Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa and Princess Di.
Researchers think these famous people had a hormonal quirk that made them into a “Sponge” – someone with the ability to literally “soak up” other people’s feelings, emotions and moods – whether they want to or not!
So while most of us just carry around our own load of stress – some of us lug around everyone else’s too! This huge EXTRA stress load can play havoc with your health. . .
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The reasons your internal body temperature drops with age1 :
- Your basal metabolism slows – you burn fewer calories and your cells generally create less heat in your body.
- Your ability to shiver is reduced (shivering is one way the body maintains its temperature).
- You have less muscle mass that is able to generate extra body heat.
- You lose body fat that insulates you from cold weather.
- The blood vessels that are close to the body’s surface are less able to constrict and cut back on the amount of heat lost through the skin.
Experts note that up to ten percent of the elderly living at home suffer from a significant amount of hypothermia – low body heat.2
Unfortunately, a colder internal temperature can influence one of the chief dangers to neurons that occurs during Alzheimer’s disease – the accumulation of a damaging protein called tau.
When tau behaves itself, it keeps the brain healthy. But when it changes form and hyperphosphorylates – that is, when it misfolds its geometrical structure in destructive tangles – it kills off the neurons needed for memory and thinking.
And hypothermia can greatly increase this process of misfolding tau.
Another Reason to Avoid Elective Surgeries
Along with age, anesthesia can bring on hypothermia – and that is one reason anesthesia is dangerous to the cognitive health of older people.
When you are put under for an operation, the action of the anesthetic hinders the body’s ability to keep its temperature up. Adding to the risk: operating rooms are frequently chilly. Researchers at Columbia University in New York warn that “hypothermia during anesthesia is a very common clinical occurrence…” 3
Consequently, researchers warn older people to avoid being anesthetized whenever possible.
“Every patient wants a surgeon with a cool head, but surgeons might not want the same for their patients,” warns Gerald Weissmann, editor of the Federation of American Socieities of Experimental Biology. “People are anesthetized for all kinds of reasons, even dental work, but (the research) really should make patients and doctors reconsider whether it’s really necessary.”
If you have to receive anesthesia for an operation or medical procedure, a study in Brazil shows that avoiding very deep (also called “profound”) anesthesia can be helpful in preserving better brain function. So, before your procedure, ask the anesthesiologist not to overdo it.
Plus, the researchers suggest the use of a drug like dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory medication, administered before the procedure, to help lower the risk brain inflammation developing after the operation.4
Meanwhile, scientists at the Université Laval in Canada, who have studied the destructive effects of hypothermia in lab tests, recommend that in your daily life you can keep your body warmer with aerobic exercise and by building your muscle mass with resistance exercises.5
They also advise keeping your home’s thermostat higher.
Other simple measures suggested by the University of Maryland Medical Center include frequently consuming hot soups made with fresh vegetables and eating dishes with warming spices like cayenne, garlic, ginger, basil and turmeric.6
The emergency room doctor was puzzled.
Why was a 20-year-old college student having trouble keeping his balance in the shower when he shampooed his hair?
Her immediate advice to her patient: Don’t close your eyes in the shower when you lather your hair.
But then further tests showed the cause of his problem. . .
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The young man’s brain was being destroyed by cookies, cake, bread and pizza.
The college student had only arrived from China at Ohio State University six months before showing up in the E.R. Prior to coming to school in the US, his diet in Asia had mostly consisted of fish and vegetables.
Then, in Columbus, Ohio, he discovered pizza. And couldn’t get enough of it.
Wheat the Brain-Wrecker
But, as it turned out, he had celiac disease – an autoimmune response to the gluten contained in foods made from wheat, barley or rye. Back in Asia, while consuming his Chinese diet, he had been eating virtually no gluten. Unfortunately for him, however, there’s plenty of gluten in pizza crust.
The college student’s celiac-related problems went beyond losing his balance when his eyes were closed. He also had burning and tingling sensations in his feet. A growing weakness and fatigue were also making his life difficult.1
According to researchers, the nerve problems that afflicted him, as well as mental difficulties like brain fog, plague many folks with celiac if they eat foods that contain gluten.
That’s a serious problem among the million or more Americans with celiac disease: More than four out of five people with this disorder are undiagnosed and don’t know they have it.
The Brain Fog Epidemic
The news gets worse: Alarmingly, researchers have found, even if you don’t have celiac, consuming gluten in your snacks and meals can still fog your brain.
“Patients coming to our center have long described ‘brain fog,’ and it appears that gluten can cause cognitive effects in some individuals with and without celiac disease,” says Peter Green, MD, who directs the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.
Dr. Green and his colleagues recently performed a study analyzing how celiac disease affects the chances of developing dementia.2 While they found that having celiac disease doesn’t increase the risk of succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease, it does boost the chances of vascular dementia, the second most common cause of memory loss and dementia in the US. In many Asian countries, experts believe that vascular dementia is even more prevalent than Alzheimer’s.3
Once vascular dementia starts it can destroy memory and brain power much more quickly than does Alzheimer’s.
Let the Sun Come Out and Burn Off the Fog
Researchers have not yet identified the exact physiological mechanism in the body that allows gluten to cause brain and nerve problems.
But the evidence is clear: Even if you don’t have celiac disease and you don’t develop the digestive problems and immune system changes that people with celiac disease often get, gluten can still mess your mind and damage your nerves.
If you suffer from brain fog or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – much less Alzheimer’s – it’s worth going gluten-free for a few months to see if your condition improves. I would recommend this, absolutely. You might find it’s like the sun came out and burned off the fog in your brain.
A study in England looked at how brain fog, nerve damage and other neurological difficulties arise both in people with celiac and people who are merely sensitive to gluten. The results show that a gluten-free diet can improve or eliminate these disturbing symptoms in both groups.4
A relatively simple blood test can often show whether or not you have celiac disease. When it comes to everyday gluten sensitivity, I find the blood tests are not definitive. So if your mental focus wavers, or you’re getting strange, unexplained pains and sensations in your hands or feet, by all means get the tests, but even if they turn up negative, I recommend you go gluten-free anyway and see if that helps.