Dark chocolates are your best friends, they reduce stress, improve memory

Dark chocolates are your best friends, they reduce stress, improve memory

If you’ve been binging on chocolates, no need to stop now. For long, multiple studies have confirmed beyond doubt that the dark variety of chocolates are among the superfoods you must include in your daily diet. Whether you are trying to lose weight or want to stay fit, make chocolates your best friend. Now, according to a new study, they have bigger health benefits: Eating dark chocolates can cut down on your stress levels, make you happier, and improve your memory and immunity. It is the first time the effect of…

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Beware, surgery and anaesthesia may affect your immediate memory

Beware, surgery and anaesthesia may affect your immediate memory

Turns out, surgery and anaesthesia can slightly affect the memory of patients. According to a new study, patients may score slightly lower on certain memory tests after having surgery and anaesthesia. In the study of 312 participants who had surgery and 652 participants who had not (with an average age in the 50s), surgery between tests was associated with a decline in immediate memory by one point out of a possible maximum test score of 30 points. Memory became abnormal in 77 out of 670 participants with initially normal memory…

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Dear senior citizens, bi-weekly exercise can improve thinking ability, memory

Dear senior citizens, bi-weekly exercise can improve thinking ability, memory

Exercising twice a week may improve thinking ability and memory in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), suggests a recent study. Researchers explained that people with MCI have milder symptoms like they struggle to complete complex tasks or have difficulty in understanding information they have read, whereas people with dementia have trouble with daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing and eating. Mild cognitive impairment is a medical condition that is common with ageing. While it is linked to problems with thinking ability and memory, it is not the same as…

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Dear senior citizens, eat an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and improve memory

Dear senior citizens, eat an avocado daily to strengthen eyes and improve memory

Consuming one avocado daily may significantly improve the working memory and problem-solving skills in older adults, according to a study. In the study, 40 healthy adults aged 50 and over, who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months, experienced a 25% increase in lutein levels in their eyes and improved cognitive function. Lutein is a pigment commonly found in fruits and vegetables that accumulates in the blood, eye and brain and may act as an anti-inflammatory agent and an antioxidant. Researchers from Tufts University in the US monitored…

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Recalling violent incidents may hamper memory, cognitive skills.

Recalling violent incidents may hamper memory, cognitive skills.

People who experience violent incidents in their life and often recall them, even those that happened up to a decade earlier, may be at an increased risk of having short-term memory loss and poor cognitive control, a study has claimed. According to researchers, a stronger short-term memory is positively associated with school attainment, job performance, and with lower probability of contracting Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. On the other hand, a weaker cognitive control among children can lead to problems with physical health, higher mortality rates, lower personal wealth and criminal…

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Regular Meditation May Reduce Risk of Memory Loss in Elderly

Regular Meditation May Reduce Risk of Memory Loss in Elderly

A new study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, shows that older adults who practice meditation regularly may have improved memory functions and better objective cognitive performance  than those who don’t. Moreover, these two functions are also key risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that destroys your memory and also affects your thinking and behavioral skills. Researchers from West Virginia University in the United States found out that in older adults with subjective cognitive decline, a condition that may represent a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease, practicing…

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Exercise May Boost Memory, Brain Activity in Elderly

Exercise May Boost Memory, Brain Activity in Elderly

To increase brain function and boost memory in older adults, it is important to maintain high levels of fitness through physical activity such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing. Brain function and memory are the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer’s disease. According to this study, the age-related changes in memory performance and brain activity largely depend on an individual’s fitness level. Older adults who exercised showed good cardiac fitness levels which improved their memory performance and increased brain activity patterns compared to their low fit peers. “Therefore, starting an exercise programme,…

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An Hour-Long Nap May Boost Memory, Thinking In Elderly

An Hour-Long Nap May Boost Memory, Thinking In Elderly

An hour-long nap after lunch may help older adults to preserve their memories, improve their ability to think clearly as well as to make decisions, a study has found. Sleep plays a key role in helping older adults maintain their healthy mental function, necessary for people as they age, the researchers said. In the study, led by Junxin Li from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the team examined nearly 3,000 Chinese adults aged 65 and older to learn whether taking an afternoon nap had any effect on their mental health….

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Want to be smarter and have a better memory? Eat foods rich in this

Want to be smarter and have a better memory? Eat foods rich in this

According to a study by the University of Illinois, eating foods rich in lutein – like many leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables for example – will help promote a healthy aging brain. (Lutein is a plant pigment humans consume through diet. It’s called a carotenoid vitamin and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Mayo Clinic says.) “Previous studies have found that a person’s lutein status is linked to cognitive performance across the lifespan,” says Marta Zamroziewicz, lead author of the study. “Research also shows that lutein accumulates in the grey matter of…

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Aerobic Exercises May Help Slow Down Memory Loss in Elderly

Aerobic Exercises May Help Slow Down Memory Loss in Elderly

Regular aerobic exercise may be beneficial for older adults,who have been suffering from memory and thinking problems, says new research. Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is a physical exercise of low to high intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process. The study done by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, showed that people who exercised had a small improvement on the test of overall thinking skills compared to those who did not exercise. In addition to that, those who exercised also showed improvement…

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