If you've ever gone into the kitchen and forgotten why, or been unable to recall a familiar name during a conversation, don't worry - everyone has the occasional “senior moment”.
Contrary to popular belief, ageing alone isn't a general cause of cognitive decline. That's right - memory lapses can occur at any age. When cognitive capacities become significantly worse among older people, it's... ››› more
Researchers have come up with a number of different theories as to why we sleep. If there's one that they all agree on, it's that the brain does lots of work while we're sleeping.
This theory may confuse you because you'd think that while you're unconscious, your brain is “off” and doesn't do any work at all. However, when you're asleep, your brain is incredibly “on” in many ways.
Th... ››› more
Approximately 32% of people take dietary supplements or functional foods to improve their brain function in order to cope with the daily demands of a high workload and family issues. One ingredient that's emerging as a remedy to improve cognitive functions such as concentration, alertness and working memory on demand is lemon balm.
Also known as Melissa officinalis, lemon balm is a perennial he... ››› more
Chronic stress is the type of stress that most of us face every day. Research reveals that up to 90^ of doctor visits are for stress-related complaints.
Chronic stress makes your body more vulnerable to everything from the common cold to cancer. That's not all - the non-stop elevation of the stress hormone, cortisol, also negatively impacts your brain function in the following ways…
Four w... ››› more
When you're feeling tired and unfocused, you may think your body is craving stimulants like coffee or an energy drink when it's in fact asking for certain antioxidants with neuroprotective properties.
Three of these certain antioxidants are luteolin, apigenin and quercetin. Not only do they energise your body, but also beat brain fog, optimise your blood flow and prevent oxidative stress.
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While Alzheimer's disease is the most common and frightening kind of dementia, there are other more uncommon types that are equally as devastating.
You've probably never hard of these before, and while they're very rare, it's still good to take note ... because Alzheimer's disease certainly isn't the only type of dementia out there.
Four rare types of dementia
#1: HIV-associated de... ››› more
I don't know about you, but I just can't start my day without a refreshing smoothie. Ditch the caffeine and opt for a fresh blend of produce and superfoods instead. Not only will this give you a serious energy boost (minus the crash that coffee brings about), it's also a far tastier and more nutritious way to start your day than a cup of java.
This banana, blueberry and green tea smoothie is o... ››› more
I hate hype. I'm not a sensationalist (if you scroll through my past headlines you'll see this). In fact, it's hype and sensationalism that turn me off from reading most magazines. So why did I write a headline like this one then, you ask? Well, because it's true!
MCT oil is one amazing concentrated fat. No, it doesn't come from some far away mountain range, procured by indigenous people with g... ››› more
Even with the help of nicotine replacement therapy and other smoking cessation aids, some smokers just can't quit the habit.
Does this sound like you?
If so, according to a new study by researchers from Duke Medicine in North Carolina in the US, it might be because your brain just isn't hard-wired to do so.
Read on for more information on these latest findings.
What’s going on ins... ››› more
You know it's coming… As you age, your brain deteriorates and you start to forget things. Simple things. Like where you left your keys, what your old colleague's name is and when you booked your dentist appointment.
But did you know it's not an inevitable phase of ageing that you just have to learn to live with and get used to?
That's right, you can protect your brain from leaving you em... ››› more
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