We know that nutrition and brain health are inexorably linked. Multiple research studies have clearly shown this to be true. Fruits, vegetables and healthy fats all have a positive impact on cognitive health. But can wine and cheese really be the latest brain-boosting foods to add to that list?
Doctors and lots of people on treadmills in health clubs believe better “cardio” leads to a longer life. People run, swim, row, climb and engage in all sorts of cardiorespiratory fitness activities in order to keep the Grim Reaper away a little longer. The big question is “does it work?”
There’s a huge body of research into why cognitive and memory function seem to decline as we age. A number of mechanisms and age-related conditions have been identified as connected to this decline. One is chronic brain inflammation. The solution to that issue may be simpler than we knew.
It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?
Obesity puts you at risk for a variety of life-altering or life-threatening conditions and diseases. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, decreased cognition and a weak immune system. These are all common “side effects” of aging, too. Is obesity just accelerated or premature aging?
Science has discovered how to expand your lifespan by 500%. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news? Right now, it’s only cause for celebration for C. elegans, a small nematode worm. Of course, when you consider that C. elegans has an average lifespan of three to four weeks, those little nematodes really should be celebrating!… Continue reading Science Finds Pathways That Extend Life By Five Hundred Percent
In research which was published in the journal Nature this week, scientists revealed results which they say have far-reaching implications for the way that we understand how the brain ages and how we may be able to develop therapies for age-related brain diseases. The research deals with the stem cell dysfunctions that occur as a… Continue reading Can Rats Tell Us How To Make Our Brains Younger?
The fitness world has known for a while now that resistance training has many benefits for seniors and older adults, when done correctly and in the right “dose.” Now, a position paper from a group of experts published in the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research highlights the importance of… Continue reading Resistance Training For Older Adults Is a Must For Good Health: Paper
The elderly suffer more serious complications from infections and benefit less from vaccination than the general population. Scientists have long known that a weakened immune system is to blame but the exact mechanisms behind this lagging immunity have remained largely unknown. Now research led by investigators at Harvard Medical School suggests that weakened metabolism of… Continue reading Weakened T-cells Linked to Age-related Immunity Loss: Study
As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation