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Is Forgetting the New Normal?

I ran across an article from Time Magazine from earlier this year, which is packed with great information.  It's a wonderful overview on how memory is stored, why we forget and what we can do to help our brains function better.

The article cites several studies showing the positive impact of regular aerobic exercise on increasing cerebral blood volume (CBV), as well as some excellent nutrition sources for brain health like blueberries and walnuts.  The Time article cites studies on lab rats that have shown blueberries: "zap free radicals (highly reactive atoms that can damage tissue), reverse aging, enhance cognition and--and this is the kicker--cause new neurons to grow." 

It goes into detail about the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight, since studies have shown that obese individuals are at a substantially increased risk of developing Alzheimer's.

I always promote diet, aerobic exercise and cognitive stimulation to my patients.  This article is a great summary on just how effective these small measures can be in sustaining our long term brain health.

Memory: Forgetting is the New Normal

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