Thursday, August 6, 2015

Saving Your Brain

An article in AARP refers to the Institute of Medicine’s report on effective ways to save your brain as you age.  Listed benefits include regular exercise, staying socially active, eating a healthy diet, and getting a good night’s sleep.  Stimulating the mind by playing cards, reading, writing, volunteering, and attending worship services are helpful but the jury is still out on commercial brain games that have been advertised.  Keeping your heart healthy and your blood pressure low are definitely important, but there is no evidence that taking statin drugs is useful.  I would add that taking certain supplements like Prevagen, acetyl-l-carnitine, and phosphatidyl serine can be very helpful.  We offer cold laser treatments in the office, which is very promising.

 See the AARP Bulletin, June, 2015, p. 16.

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