Tag: brain

Lutein Ups “Crystalized Intelligence”

Lutein Ups “Crystalized Intelligence”

The time-honored phrase “eat your greens” has taken on a new twist – with a spotlight on lutein. It has to do with “crystallized intelligence” which is the brain’s ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime. I read about this last week in an article in Science Daily. A recent study reported in the…

Need a Natural Health Breakthrough?

Many of you who know me or have followed me for years know I’ve dedicated a great deal of my life to sharing knowledge on natural health options that you may not have known about.  Things like digestive health, cardiovascular care, toxicity, weight loss and more.  Well I’m at it again! I am currently working on a new television series…

Moldy Homes and Parkinson’s—is there a Connection?

It was only after Hurricane Katrina flooded her New Orleans home that mold toxin expert Joan Bennett started to believe moldy homes could, in fact, make people sick—and only because she witnessed the effects firsthand. Those effects (dizziness, nausea, headache) were actually triggered by the smell of the mold in her home, and that smell was caused by something called…

Still Taking PPIs for Heartburn? New Study May Have You Thinking Twice

  Millions of Americans with occasional heartburn turn to medications such as omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium) and lansoprazole (Prevacid) to help reduce stomach acid, but new research may have folks thinking twice about the possible side effects—and considering safer natural alternatives. Last month ABC.com’s Health Report featured an interview with Douglas Corley, a board-certified gastroenterologist and research scientist with Kaiser…

Gut Microbes Responsible for Chocolate’s Healthy Effects

One of the best things about chocolate—dark chocolate, at least—is that it’s good for you. Chocolate is known to have a number of health-promoting qualities, including heart and brain health benefits. In a recent study presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers discussed their findings that certain gut microbes are responsible for some of…

Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month—a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of Americans it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Quick Facts about…

Junk Food Impairs Memory within One Week

A diet high in sugar and fat (including cakes, chips, and biscuits) was found to negatively affect memory function after only one week, according to a new study using an animal model, published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. The researchers also found similar effects of a healthy diet that included access to sugar water, which suggests that the…

Omega-3 Supplements Reach the Brain in People with Alzheimer’s

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been found to increase the amount of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in spinal fluid from the central nervous system of people with Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that these beneficial fatty acids cross the blood brain barrier, according to a new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine. Previous studies have found that…

Omega-3 Supplementation and Aging

With the brain benefits of omega-3 fatty acids ever increasing, studies of the effects of omega-3s in older people continue to emerge. In a recent study published in the journal Nutrition, people over the age of 65 with higher blood levels of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) also exhibited slower cellular aging, as marked by a reduction in the shortening of telomeres,…