Archive for October, 2016
Kids may laugh at the thought of grandpa sitting in front of the TV and playing a video game, but that’s exactly what grandparents all over the country and world may soon be doing.
Why? Because their doctors told them to!
If that happens, it will be quite a change in the standard perception of video games. As with many new technologies, they’ve generated a lot of fear about what they may do to our minds and habits.
Even as recently as 2015, sensationalistic reports have been published that suggest video games could lead to frightening neurological disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.1
Studies like this may get media buzz, but so far they’ve been found to be based on false assumptions and leaps in logic, and end up widely discredited, according to the Guardian in the UK.2
Meanwhile, actual scientists are hard at work studying the technology of interactive video entertainment and using it to try to improve the cognitive functioning of seniors.
Keep reading to get the full story. . .
Special Message From Lee Euler, Editor
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keeps your brain from
shrinking as you age
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It happens to everybody. As you age, your brain shrinks as much as 15 percent.
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A game designed by scientists is awaiting approval from the FDA for use in medical treatment. Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D,. has been working hard to design this one and other games specifically for use in the treatment of brain disorders.
Dr. Gazzaley looked at the games on the market that claim to improve your memory, mental strength or even intelligence.
He found these claims to be greatly exaggerated, and even signed an open letter (along with about 70 other experts on the brain) addressed to the companies that produce these games, demanding they stop their marketing hype.
Then he set out to design a game that COULD make these claims legitimately.
It Began with a Game He Created Called NeuroRacer
In his studies at the University of California, San Francisco, players were tasked with driving a simulated car down a winding road while simultaneously pressing a button whenever a prompt came on the screen (multitasking).
Participants ranging in age from 60 t0 85 were tested before and after playing the game. They were compared to control groups who performed only one action, or did nothing at all. Participants played the game for one hour a day, three days a week for four weeks.
For the multitasking group, a significant improvement in memory and attention was observed after the month-long test…
They showed an increase in their ability to multitask and in their reaction time, performing as well or better than players in their 20s. If it holds up, it’s a remarkable result.
What got my attention is that the multitasking game players were also able to remember things in their daily lives better, such as names, addresses and phone numbers. The improvement could still be observed as much as six months later.3
These findings coincide with other studies suggesting that popular games such as World of Warcraft can enhance neural plasticity in seniors.4
Project EVO – a Literal Game Changer
Now, Dr. Gazzaley has teamed up with Alkili Interactive to produce Project EVO, the next wave of cognitive-centered gaming.
By producing games which players will want to access on their mobile phones, tablets and other devices, doctors and researchers have an advantage.
With players constantly (and voluntarily) checking in to the game, long-term measurements and gathering of results can be achieved in a fun, non-intrusive way.
The data can be used to find and diagnose cognitive problems by assessing how a player performs over a lifetime, and will become a powerful tool for cognitive enhancement, according to its proponents.
Project EVO ADHD is the first video game to await approval from the FDA for use in treatment. Once this happens, the company intends to move forward with versions targeted at Alzheimer’s, Traumatic Brain Injury, and several other brain disorders.5
Harmless Fun for the Family
We may be hearing a lot more about Project EVO and other forms of game-therapy in the near future.
In the meantime, you can feel good about joining your grandkids for a game or two. Not only will you surprise the heck out of them, but you’ll be bonding with them… connecting on a level they enjoy and understand. And with luck you’ll be improving your brain, too.
1 Habitual action video game playing is associated with caudate nucleus-dependent navigational strategies
If you’re up late working on a presentation for work, studying for a test or performing some other mentally-taxing task, what’s your snack of choice?
If you go in for caffeinated soft drinks, e.g. colas, you may be helping yourself stay awake but you’re not doing your brain that much good.
Instead, you’d do better to nibble on some dark chocolate. Here’s the story. . .
A Special Message from Lee Euler
Improve Your Memory by 47%?
YES, YOU CAN!
If you’ve ever wondered why it becomes harder to recall names, dates and figures with every passing year, I have news of an important new discovery out of Asia to share with you.
Until now, you could take steps to help protect your brain from aging, but nothing could dramatically improve your memory, your thinking and even your intelligence like this does, and give you results that you can actually feel in a matter of weeks.
Now this newly discovered and important “brain factor” can revitalize areas of the brain you need to remember names and faces – and everything else that’s precious to you.
This substance is clinically proven to improve performance on the most accurate memory test ever developed when it comes to predicting whether a person is likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s years from now.
This means you can start increasing your memory ability long before it becomes obvious this part of your brain is deteriorating. It’s truly remarkable.
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There’s little doubt that chocolate contains natural chemicals that help your brain perform better. A wide body of research pretty much proves it.
Matter of fact, chocolate may not only help you wrap up today’s (or tonight’s) mental challenges with greater ease, it can also protect you against long-term brain threats like Alzheimer’s disease.
Saving the Brains of Children
The studies on chocolate are so convincing, an international group of researchers believe chocolate could potentially be used in “cocoa interventions” to protect young brains from the kind of inflammation – often caused by air pollution – that might otherwise lead to memory problems like Alzheimer’s disease.1
According to these scientists, “Emerging research suggests that cocoa interventions may be a viable option for neuroprotection, with evidence suggesting that early cocoa interventions could limit the risk of cognitive and developmental concerns.”
This is Your Brain on Cocoa
Are these researchers overselling the benefits of chocolate?
If anything, they may not be touting them enough.
Consider research at the University of L’Aquila in Italy. This eight-week study fed hot chocolate to 90 elderly people who were suffering MCI – mild cognitive impairment, the mild memory loss that frequently comes before the development of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.
The results were undeniable: The seniors’ mental performance on cognitive tests improved significantly. What’s more, their blood pressure dropped and their insulin resistance was reduced, leading the researchers to note that their better blood sugar control was probably linked to improved mental capacities.
Which is not surprising, since an increased risk of brain problems like Alzheimer’s has been linked to diabetes and other blood sugar abnormalities.2
Add Years to Your Brain’s Life
Other studies confirm that chocolate should be part of everybody’s anti-aging, brain-protection plan. In research called the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study, it has been shown that folks who consume chocolate at least once a week do better on tests of mental function as they get older than do people who never touch chocolate.3
As researcher Georgina Crichton explains, the tests used in this study show that eating chocolate can help you do better with daily tasks like “…remembering a phone number, or your shopping list, or being able to do two things at once, like talking and driving at the same time.”4
Learn More, Faster
Lab tests in Canada show that eating chocolate may provide significant extra help when your brain is trying to learn new information.
The Canadian researchers found that their lab animals were able to learn things more easily – and retain their knowledge – when they were given epicatechin, a natural chemical found in chocolate. The animals consumed epicatechin during their training and immediately after, when the memory of what they had learned was being consolidated.5
Epicatechin is in a family of substances known as flavanols – beneficial compounds found in a variety of fruits and vegetables that are powerful antioxidants. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have urged an increase of research into how foods like chocolate that are rich in epicatechin (and similar chemicals) can be used to “alleviate the effects of dementia.”6
But don’t wait for further research – a little bit of dark chocolate (which is richest in brain-boosting chemicals) a day may keep your brain problems at bay.
As you may have seen for yourself, word’s gotten out about the benefits of dark chocolate, and it’s available in nearly all health food stores, and in conventional supermarkets as well. Catering to the fad, many brands indicate the percentage of dark chocolate in the candy bar.
The higher the better. I eat pure dark chocolate myself – baker’s chocolate. It’s bitter but I like it. You won’t find it in the candy aisle, though. My second choice is products that are 85% dark chocolate – 15% is plenty of sugar, and the treat tastes sweet.
It improves the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of a heart attack, relieves pain, improves sleep and eases stress.
That’s quite a collection of benefits for one activity. Better still, it’s something people look forward to and enjoy (so you know it can’t be exercise).
Now a new study has found another benefit to add to the list. Regular sexual pleasure helps keep your brain in good shape and preserves memory. Here’s what scientists have found out. . .
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The link between sexual activity and cognition is not well researched.
A rodent study in 2010 compared a single act of sexual intercourse over a two-week period to daily intercourse over the same period. Those mating every day experienced a growth of neurons in the hippocampus, a key area for memory.
In humans, an Italian study of older men found those who remained sexually active had better overall cognition.
That’s it. There’s not a lot else in the medical literature.
First Study to Explore Sex Effects on
Cognition in Seniors
This dearth of studies encouraged two researchers from Coventry University in the UK to look more deeply into this relationship.
To do this, they analyzed data gathered from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), an ongoing UK survey of health and lifestyle information that began in 2002.
The sample included 3,060 men and 3,773 women aged 50 to 89 who were asked about their sexual activity in the previous 12 months. They had to answer “yes” or “no” as to whether they took part in intercourse, masturbation, fondling or petting.
The participants also took two types of cognitive test: word recall and number sequencing.
In the word recall (memory) test, ten words are spoken to the subject. He or she is then asked to recall them immediately and then again after five minutes have passed.
In the number sequencing test, a list of numbers is given and the participant has to fill in the blank e.g. 37, 26, 17, _, 5, 2. This tests a type of thinking skill called executive function.
In carrying out the analysis the researchers took a number of confounding factors into account that could influence the result, such as age, education, wealth, physical activity etc.
Sexually Active People Have Better Memories
The outcome was that men who answered “yes” scored 23% and 3% higher on the word and number tests respectively compared to those who answered “no.” For women the scores were 14% and 2% higher.
In men, these findings remained even after confounding factors were accounted for. But in women the finding held up only for the memory test.
The researchers believe this gender difference could be explained by hormone differences and their effects on brain development that go back before birth. These can affect us throughout life.
Since the question regarding sexual activity was wide ranging, the researchers could not be sure whether a biological or social effect was being measured.
Sex hormones and neurotransmitters are known to influence some cognitive functions. Then again the better memory could be a social phenomenon due to heightened levels of companionship or intimacy. Or it could be a combination of both.
Co-author Dr Hayley Wright said, “It is possible that we will find different results with different types of sexual activity – but we can’t comment on this from our initial analysis. We are however, currently exploring this in our follow-up study, so watch this space.”
By the way, if you’re a male and experiencing problems “down there” – including prostate problems or low testosterone – you may want to consider our excellent book Maximum Manhood. It deals with all aspects of this subject and has some useful, practical advice.
Looking young is a huge part of feeling young. A lot of salespeople are keenly aware of this. We can say with confidence that Ponce de Leon wasn’t the only person searching for a fountain of youth.
Just look at the plethora of beauty products out there with more or less the same promise:
“Use this, and you will look and feel younger.”
The anti-aging cosmetic industry does billions of dollars in business every year. But a much more effective way of looking youthful is to work on your general good health.
Beauty really does originate deep inside. There’s a reason for the expression “blooming with good health.” The healthier you are, the better you look. One aspect of that is a sharp, youthful mind.
You feel young when you can rely on your brain to deliver what you expect, when you want it. And if your skin happens to look younger in the process, well, that’s just a nice little side effect.
But you don’t have to choose. Recently I stumbled across a fruit that can help you get both.
A Note from Lee Euler, Editor & Publisher
Surprised Brain Scientists Discover…
The Scary Reason
You’re Suddenly So Forgetful
— and How to Reverse the Problem:
Are your new “memory lapses” and sudden forgetfulness normal for your age? Or are these the early signs of something more serious?
Brace yourself for a surprise, my friend…
Brain scientists have just discovered that the majority of age-related forgetfulness has nothing to do with “age” at all!
Instead, they are reporting an epidemic of memory loss being caused by 4 secret factors that are destroying brain cells in seniors and 20-somethings alike.
You can stop all 4 of these brain-destroyers in their tracks — and actually reverse their progression. In this Special Report, a leading M.D. details how to stimulate the self-repair and revitalization of your brain…
One thoroughly-documented research study concluded:
“Their brains performed as if they were 14 YEARS YOUNGER!”
Wouldn’t you love it if your brain functioned like that — for life? The very encouraging news is: There’s a lot you can do to keep your brain young! Take a look at the groundbreaking research which proves it.
Sea buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a berry-yielding shrub found over a vast region from the Atlantic coast of Europe to western China. It’s widely known for its wondrous ability to promote youthful-looking skin.
Because it thrives in extreme, harsh conditions, the sea buckthorn is a super-fruit packed full of nutrients that make it tough and resilient. No surprise, these nutrients can also benefit us humans.
In some places it’s even called the “Holy Fruit.”1
The Tree that Makes Horses Shine
There are some fascinating stories surrounding these miracle berries. In ancient Greece, old, worn-out and war-scarred horses were set free to die in the wilderness, a sign of respect for a life of useful work and battle.
The soldiers were flabbergasted when the horses returned from forests containing sea buckthorn sporting a shining, healthy coat and a youthful gait. So it’s said the Greeks called it “the tree that makes horses shine.”
Since then, many other cultures across the world have celebrated the health benefits of this fruit.
Currently, sea buckthorn is being used to treat conditions ranging widely, from stomach discomfort to impaired vision, from skin care to cancer.2
And it may also be a big help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Regular readers of Natural Health Insiders know that omega-3 fatty acids are great for the brain, especially when the diet includes plenty of B vitamins. Sea buckthorn is packed with plenty of both. If you’re on the lookout for a non-animal, environmentally sound source of omega-3s, sea buckthorn oil could be your ticket.
And as with many other berries, sea buckthorn boasts strong antioxidant power. The shrub’s polyphenols are said to work wonders against oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals in the body.3
A Versatile Berry
Like most other fruits, sea buckthorn can be made into jams, jellies, pies, or a simple juice. The berries have a bitter, tart flavor, so when juicing many people prefer to add a sweetener like apple, grape or pineapple.
According to a study conducted by the School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, a juice made with just 20% (one-fifth) sea buckthorn still packs enough punch to benefit cognitive performance.4
It may be a challenge to find fresh, raw sea buckthorn, but oil extracts, powders and supplements are widely available. I don’t know which brands are the best. Most seem to be for topical skin care, but some are meant to be taken orally.
With every new discovery (and sometimes a really old one) comes a new opportunity to take advantage of the natural wonders that we’re given. This sounds to me like one worth checking out.
Just because you’re getting on in years, it doesn’t mean that your brain, its inner structure and your mental powers have to stagnate or decline. You can always change your brain for the better.
I’ve been reading up lately on neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change and grow even in adulthood. “Plasticity” in this context means the ability to reshape, remap and re-form our brains as you would a piece of clay.
I’ve seen amazing case studies of people who came back from “incurable” brain injuries and diseases, and healthy people who became dramatically sharper and more able.
More importantly – you can “form” your brain and open it up to beneficial improvements with just a little extra effort. Here’s how. . .
A Personal Message from Lee Euler
You Take an Eye Supplement …
But Your Vision
Keeps Getting Worse!
Read on for the surprising reasons why …
When you hit a certain age, it’s almost like someone flips on a self-destruct switch in your eyes.
Suddenly, reading anything up close – like your favorite books or ingredient labels – becomes difficult (if not impossible).
As for driving at night… forget about it!
The blinding glare of oncoming headlights can make navigating the roads at night a frustrating (and at times, even hair-raising) experience.
But here’s what’s really bothering you…
The eye supplement you’ve been taking – the one that was supposed to give you back your sharp 20/20 vision?
It doesn’t seem to be working at all.
If you’ve tried everything, but your eyes are still sore and tired at the end of the day … it’s still hard to focus … and the bright lights and glare still make driving a nightmare …
You need to Click here to learn the whole story on why nothing you do, try, or take seems to fix things …
And how 3 missing ingredients may be the key to solving age-related vision problems once and for all!
Click here to discover why nearly ALL vision supplements are missing the mark …
The Plasticity Factor
One of the prime features of the brain is the fact that throughout your life it retains its neuroplasticity – the ability to reshape its neural networks to help you cope with everyday life, learn new things and adjust to your surroundings.
Without that feature, every time a new smartphone hit the market none of us would be able to figure out how to make it work. Every day your brain restructures a part of its neural network to coordinate new knowledge about new things in your life – including newly acquired gadgets.
But there’s a key activity you can do to make sure your brain’s neuroplastic capacity is at full power.
Keep up your exercise program – especially aerobic exercise..
A study at the University of Pisa in Italy clearly shows that aerobic exercise (biking, running, swimming, etc.) buttresses the brain’s neuroplastic ability to rewire its neural activity.1
In this case, the research focused on how exercise alters and boosts plasticity in the brain’s visual cortex – the part of the brain where visual input from each of the eyes is gathered and interpreted.
The experiment was clever. The researchers asked their study subjects to wear an eye patch over one eye for two and a half hours at a time. The scientists knew, from previous tests, that when one eye is covered for even a short period of time, the brain’s circuitry changes to accommodate the lack of nerve signals from that eye.
For 150 minutes, the 19 people involved in the research wore an eye patch while they sat and watched a movie. Afterwards, the researchers measured their brain activity in the visual cortex to analyze changes to neuron activity.
Then, for the second session, and for the same amount of time, the people in the study wore an eye patch again and watched a movie, but periodically took time to pedal on an exercise bike. And once again the researchers measured the activity in the visual cortex.
More Ability to Grow and Adapt
The study showed there are significantly more neural adjustments in the brain when people exercise. The researchers believe that this occurs because exercise reduces the level of GABA in the affected neurons. GABA – gamma-aminobutyric acid – is a neurotransmitter that generally restrains the activity of nerves.
As the scientists put it, the reduction in GABA “triggers homeostatic plasticity” among neurons. With GABA out of the way, the neurons are freed up to make more changes in their connections and activity.
The analysis shows that although GABA was somewhat reduced in the brains of people who had an eye covered but didn’t exercise, exercise enhanced this reduction in GABA and increased the brain’s ability to rewire itself.
Your Brain Can Change – You Can Change
Now, when it comes to neuroplasticity, researchers have found that our brains are the champs among all the earth’s creatures. Studies comparing our brains to those of other primates, like chimpanzees, demonstrate that the brain structure of those animals is much more locked into place by genetics. But when it comes to humans, our neurons can almost always be rewired and upgraded.2
So the next time you’re struggling to learn something challenging, take a few exercise breaks. The extra neuroplastic power may make your learning tasks just that much easier.
Better yet, make exercise a part of your everyday routine (assuming you’d like to think faster and remember better). A half hour walk each day will work wonders.