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New Research – Poor Sleep Causes Memory Loss

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Faithful followers of this blog know that we are a medical alert company focusing on helping the elderly stay in their own homes … and our blog is all about the surprising Good News  these days enveloping the fastest growing population on earth! We focus on simple and tested health ideas you can use,  breaking research in neuroscience and anti-aging, uplifting stories to learn from, new aging-in-place technologies for the home, and much more. What follows is information on another ordinary activity (like drinking lots of water in a previous article) with extraordinary implications! It’s called A Good Night’s Sleep. The regenerative body process called sleep or lack thereof is linked to a number of chronic diseases, including obesity and depression. Now a new study has found a connection between poor sleep and memory storage. It boils down to a difference in the quality of sleep we get as we grow older. This was demonstrated in a recent UC Berkeley study conducted on 33 healthy adults without memory problems (18 participants were mostly in their 20s and 15 were in their 60s and 70s). The group learned 120 word pairs and were asked to recall them for researchers 10 minutes later, then again in the morning after a night’s rest. Brain activity scans of the participants found that the older adults’ quality of sleep was 75 percent lower than the younger group, and that their memory of the word pairs was 55 percent worse the next day. There are a number of ways to improve your sleep quality:

  • Check with your doctor to get treatment. By treating your medical condition, you can improve your quality of sleep dramatically.
  • Unplug. Put away your phones, tablets, laptops and other electrical devices an hour before going to bed. The blue light emitted by these devices interferes with melatonin production, and sends your body the message that it’s daytime, perking you up just as you should be winding down.
  • Exercise. Regular physical activity can improve the quality of your sleep, helping you sleep deeper and faster.

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Spice up those neurons … with spices!

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The elderly in India who consume turmeric in their curries daily have the world’s lowest rate of Alzheimer’s.

Scientists used to think that you were born with all the neurons you’d ever have.  Then in 1998 researchers discovered the birth of new neurons in individuals who were near death.  Turns out your brain – no matter how old or young – can generate new neurons.

One key to brain growth?  Diet.  What you eat helps generate healthy neurons with bushels of dendrites (nerve receptors).  It also keeps nerve endings firing and allows you to maintain brain flexibility.

Consider the …
Super Spice Turmeric

The National Institutes of Health lists 24 current studies on the effects of turmeric and its chief active component, curcumin.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice, a major ingredient in Indian curries, and the  source of American mustard’s bright yellow color.

So, will a little Indian curry help your brain?  Used as both medicine and food for centuries, accumulating evidence suggests that this relative of ginger is a promising preventive agent for a wide range of diseases, probably due largely to its anti-inflammatory properties that fight some cancers and multiple sclerosis.  The chemical curcumin that makes turmeric yellow appears to activate a key antioxidizing enzyme that reduces plaque buildup.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation). Studies at the University of California found that in rats prone to accumulate beta-amyloid plaque in their brains – the abnormality associated with Alzheimer’s disease in humans – curcumin blocked the plaque’s accumulation. It also reduced inflammation related to Alzheimer’s disease in neural tissue and the rats fed curcumin performed better on memory tests than rats on normal diets.

Three More Spices that Boost Brain Power

Saffron fights depression in humans, as well as improving learning and memory in animals. Saffron twice daily was as effective as Prozac in treating mild to moderate depression, according to a 2005 study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.

Sage, the aptly named herb, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Chinese sage root contains compounds similar to Alzheimer’s disease drugs, and just 50 microliters (.001690 fl oz) of sage oil extract significantly enhanced memory, according to research in Pharmacological Biochemical Behavior.  Sage is a great addition to salads, in soups, even on pizza. It tastes and smells better fresh.

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to man.  Its uses and benefits have been documented as early as 2700 B.C. throughout China, Europe and Egypt. Cinnamon offers anti-clotting and anti-microbial benefits, boosts brain function and contributes to a healthy colon. It may also help control blood sugar in people with diabetes

Read more about Cinnamon HERE.


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