Category Archives for Brain

Fasting Cleans the Brain

Intermittent fasting, or going without food for some period of time, has many benefits. Fasting lowers the level of the hormone insulin, which then allows fat-burning to take place. Weight loss is one

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Book Readers Live Longer

Does book reading really benefit health? A recent study found an association between the reading of books and longevity. Compared to people who read no books, those who did experienced a 20% reduction

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Intermittent Fasting for Brain Health

Intermittent fasting and calorie restriction induce the process of autophagy, the cellular self-cleansing process that rids cells of junk. Autophagy notably declines with age, leading to a decreased ability

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Fasting and Exercise Increase Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein, one of a number of nerve growth factors. The longstanding dogma that the brain does not make new nerve and brain cells has been dropped; neurons

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Reversing cognitive decline

Cognitive decline will always accompany aging to some extent; if aging means the deterioration of the body and its organs and tissues, it’s unreasonable to think that the brain will be spared. Declines

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Lifespan increased with complex supplement

It’s known that a number of natural and unnatural (drug) compounds increase lifespan in various laboratory animals, resveratrol, curcumin, and rapamycin for example. What happens if you feed a lab

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Weightlifting, the most healthful exercise

What’s healthier, aerobic exercise or weights? I’ve long thought that weightlifting is the best, that is the most health-giving, exercise, but admittedly some of that is my own prejudice.

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Lifting Weights Increases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor

Increased Strength Training Doubles BDNF Levels Resistance training, i.e. weightlifting, increased levels of BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor. BDNF is a growth factor that causes growth of neurons and

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Antioxidant combination prevents memory and learning deficits

Combination of N-acetylcysteine, α-lipoic acid and α-tocopherol substantially prevents the brain synaptosomal alterations and memory and learning deficits of aged rats Highlights • Brain aging

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Serum BDNF negatively correlated with treatment failure in depression

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein that helps regulate brain and nervous tissue growth and plasticity, and low levels of it have been implicated in depression. For instance, the rapid

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Psychobiotics: a novel class of psychotropic

Psychobiotics: a novel class of psychotropic. Here, we define a psychobiotic as a live organism that, when ingested in adequate amounts, produces a health benefit in patients suffering from psychiatric

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Higher glucose levels associated with lower memory and reduced hippocampal microstructure

Higher glucose levels associated with lower memory and reduced hippocampal microstructure ABSTRACT Objectives: For this cross-sectional study, we aimed to elucidate whether higher glycosylated hemoglobin

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High carbohydrate intake nearly doubles risk of dementia / cognitive impairment

Relative intake of macronutrients impacts risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia. High caloric intake has been associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment. Total caloric intake is

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Exercise induces autophagy

Exercise induces autophagy in peripheral tissues and in the brain. We recently identified physical exercise as a newly defined inducer of autophagy in vivo. Exercise induced autophagy in multiple organs

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Hygiene associated with Alzheimer’s risk

Hygiene and the world distribution of Alzheimer’s Disease Abstract Background and objectives: Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) shares certain etiological features with autoimmunity. Prevalence of autoimmunity

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No such thing as right- or left-brained personality

Researchers Debunk Myth of“Right-Brained” and “Left-Brained” Personality Traits Chances are, you’ve heard the label of being a “right-brained” or “left-brained” thinker. Logical, detail-oriented

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Exercise training increases mitochondrial biogenesis in the brain

Exercise training increases mitochondrial biogenesis in the brain Increased muscle mitochondria are largely responsible for the increased resistance to fatigue and health benefits ascribed to exercise

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Exercise impacts brain-derived neurotrophic factor plasticity by engaging mechanisms of epigenetic regulation

Exercise impacts brain-derived neurotrophic factor plasticity by engaging mechanisms of epigenetic regulation We have evaluated the possibility that the action of voluntary exercise on the regulation of

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