Anita Kemp Ph.D. Blog

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Evidence Based Nutritional Strategies for the Aging Brain

I recently had a training from Michael Lara MD on nutrition and healthy brain. Here are a few tidbits from that training.

The brain ages due to chronic stress which up regulates inflammation, increases cortisol, increases free radicals and synaptic glutamate. Depression also increases inflammation. So both stress and depression are killers for the brain. The brain under these stresses has reduction of the hippocampus with the consequence of short-term memory reduction among other changes.

Chronic low level inflammation is related to dementia but also cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression.

Dr. Lara recommends anti-inflammatory nutrients of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and polyphenols (green tea, berries, turmeric, cinnamon, green vegetables). The Mediterranean Diet is also anti-inflammatory. He shares a recipe for Smart Coffee which has 1/2 TB of coconut oil and cinnamon. Also noted were intermittent fasting (12 hours without food on 3 non-consecutive days), aerobic exercise and resistance training.

Mainly good healthy habits for food and exercise should keep our brains in shape.

December 8, 2018 - Posted by | Depression, health | , ,

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