Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Considerations for Protecting Brain Functions Through Food and Exercise

Considerations for Protecting Brain Functions Through Food and Exercise
Notes from: Power Foods for the Brain | Neal Barnard | TEDxBismarck
Video key points:
  • Diet and exercise have a significant impact on reducing cognitive impairment and/or Alzheimer’s as we age
  • Genes for Alzheimer’s are not destiny
    1. A 40-minute brisk walk three times a week impacts the size of the hippocampus and can reverse brain shrinkage
    2. Vitamin E mitigates Alzheimer’s.
      • found in avocados, almonds, walnuts, spinach and other foods. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant. 
      • Vitamin E is best taken from food, NOT supplements. 
      • Eat colorful foods e.g. blue berries and grapes, purple etc
  • Mild cognitive impairment starts on average age at age 50
    1. Alzheimer’s risks are higher in people who eat more than 21.6 grams of fat daily
    2. Dairy products is the number one source of saturated fat
    3. Oxidized iron and copper in your body acts as sparks. This material comes from copper pipes or iron pans.
    4. Metals in food and water combined with too much fat increases chances of cognitive impairment as we age

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