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Category: Brain Health

Curcumin and saffron are effective for the treatment of depression and in reducing anxiety

Studies have found  many people with Depression have chronic inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medicine could be an effective treatment alternative to generally ineffective anti-depressant medications. A recent study reported that Curcumin (from Tumeric) and/or saffron relieves the symptoms of depression including anxiety , now often experience by people suffering from depression. Curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory properties and increase levels of BDNF  – an important  protein found in neuron cells that protects the cells from premature death and also improves their function. But before you rush to the pharmacy or health food store… Read more Curcumin and saffron are effective for the treatment of depression and in reducing anxiety

Artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

A cohort study published in journal Stroke has implicated diet soft drinks in increasing risk of stroke and dementia. Another good reason to stay away from drinks that are naturally sweetened, better still filtered drink water. Here’s the study abstract below http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/04/20/STROKEAHA.116.016027 Background and Purpose—Sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverage intake have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. We examined whether sugar- or artificially sweetened beverage consumption was associated with the prospective risks of incident stroke or dementia in the community-based Framingham Heart… Read more Artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

Do you think holistically about your health?

Looking at your health holistically emphasises the important of the whole body and the interdependence of its parts. This perspective changes our how we talk about ourselves. Instead of saying body and mind, we can say mind-body accepting there is no separation of these two concepts. Some might say they think holistically about their health when in fact they  still  see their  body and mind as separate. Most of us accept distress and mood affect our health, but we might overlook that the internal state of our body can affect our mind,  our… Read more Do you think holistically about your health?

Green Tea Extract protects against Stroke

  A study suggests the  powerful extract of green tea namely EGCG can protect against injury in cerebral infarction a cause of stroke.   Here’s the science abstract and it is heavy.  What is saying is that the EGCG can affects biochemistry pathways that cause a cerebral infarction, which is a type of ischemic stroke resulting from a blockage in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain. It can be atherothrombotic or embolic. What we don’t know is what dose (the amount of the substance) and the dosage (the frequency of dose… Read more Green Tea Extract protects against Stroke

The incidences of Brain cancer have not increased since mobile phone usage

We have had mobiles in Australia since 1987. Some 90% of the population use them today and many of these have used them for a lot longer than 20 years. But we are seeing no rise in the incidence of brain cancer against the background rate (Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor in Public Health, University of Sydney). The Study We examined the association between age and gender-specific incidence rates of 19,858 men and 14,222 women diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia between 1982-2012, and national mobile phone usage data from 1987-2012. In… Read more The incidences of Brain cancer have not increased since mobile phone usage

There are many plant substances that can help dementia

I found a comprehensive review of plant substances , otherwise known as phytochemicals and it is open access so you can read the whole article for free. I said in a previous post there are many safe plant based options for helping relieve symptoms of dementia. Whilst some critiques say there is still  a lack of good quality evidence, there is evidence never the less. Here is a list of three of the phytochemicals that are being prescribed to treat dementia and have been subjected to various degrees of scientific tests/trials.… Read more There are many plant substances that can help dementia

Heart Burn Drugs Tied to Dementia

NYT 17 FEBRUARY 2016 ​By NICHOLAS BAKALAR The popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors have been linked to a range of ills: bone fractures, kidney problems, infections and more. Now a large new study has found that they are associated with an increased risk for dementia as well. Proton pump inhibitors, or P.P.I.s, are widely available both by prescription and over the counter under various brand names, including Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium. German researchers, using a database of drug prescriptions, studied P.P.I. use in 73,679 men and women… Read more Heart Burn Drugs Tied to Dementia