Improve your brain power!

There is a lot of media coverage about early onset dementia and the increase in prevalence of Alzheimer’s in our society. I think that if we all sat back and thought about this scary fact that we might take better care of ourselves. The question that you now ask is: “How do I help to prevent this happening to me?”

 

Eat the right foods: Research from the University of Nottingham has found that epicatechin is the chemical key to a bigger memory bank. your best sources of this potent blood-cleansimg antioxidant are blueberries, grapes and high-cocoa dark chocolate. Aim for at least two portions of them, every day.

Stretch yourself: German researchers report that the memory-boosting benefits of yoga can be done in front of the TV. Sit with the soles of your feet together, bend forwards and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat 10 times, once a day.

Strength of mind: Three gym sessions a week preserves your memory as you age, according to research in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Best results were seen with 40 minutes of weight training, followed by 20 minutes of high-intensity cardio.

Running memory: A study at the University of Illinois found that a year of aerobic exercise can up the size of your hippocampus (essential for memory) by 2%. Your minimum requirement: a brisk 30-minute walk at least 3 times a week.

Whilst not all of these solutions may fit into your lifestyle, food braintry and take one of these suggestions and put it into practice in your life.

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