Count Your Cognitive Blessings--Or Teeth?

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Count Your Cognitive Blessings--Or Teeth?

              By now, you’re becoming aware of the fact that in order to have tip-top cognitive function, you can’t rely on taking care of your brain alone.  We’ve talked about maintaining heart health to have better cognition, how exercise is necessary to boost memory, and now there’s a link between dental health and age-related neurodegeneration that’s got our attention!                 Research from New York University has found a link between how many teeth you have in your senior years and your risk for developing a neurodegenerative condition.  Older individuals missing teeth were found to...

2 Ways Bacopa Helps Your Brain

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2 Ways Bacopa Helps Your Brain

In this article, we are going to show you 2 ways that Bacopa Helps Your Brain.  It is an ancient plant called Bacopa Monnieri and they have been using it in India for thousands of years.  It is part of the Indian traditional medicinal philosophy called Ayurveda.                 Ayurveda focuses on determining your individual constitution and then choosing a diet, medications, and supplements that will work with your own unique biological needs.  They call it “Brahmi” in India and they have considered it one of the best natural herbs and treatments.                 Bacopa’s benefits are mainly regarding its ability to...

The Bright Side of Mental Aging

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The Bright Side of Mental Aging

                With nootropics, so much of the focus is on enriching the power of the mind while also preventing it from declining later in life.  We can’t help but focus on losing cognitive function if we’re investing in keeping our brains healthy; but what if age-related declines weren’t the whole story?                 It turns out that some things do get better as we age!  New research from Georgetown University Medical Center gives us something to be optimistic about as we settle into the aging process.  We knew that focus could improve with age, and so much of the research we...

Avoid This & Your Immune System Will Thank You

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Avoid This & Your Immune System Will Thank You

                Are you on top of your nootropics game, carefully structuring your nootropic routine and maximizing all the cognitive benefits you can get?                   Or maybe your experience with nootropics is a secondary effect from working on lowering stress levels, strengthening your immune system, and nourishing your nervous system with naturals (like medicinal mushrooms or adaptogens).  If you think you’ve got your immune system functioning at peak levels because of your use of nootropics, there could be something ready to interfere with all your dedicated work—and it’s at your next meal.                 So...

Start with Your Heart for Better Cognition

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Start with Your Heart for Better Cognition

               When you think of improving cognition, do you only think about ways to keep your brain healthy?  Taking a more holistic approach to fortifying the different systems in the body may be the step you’re missing in your cognitive enhancement strategy—and as it turns out, focusing on your heart health may be one of the bigger factors!                 This past May, research has come to us from the European Heart Journal which linked accelerated cognitive decline with cardiovascular risk factors.  Researchers tested reaction time in over thirty-thousand adult participants against cardiovascular risk factors...

Rest Your Brain to Learn Better

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Rest Your Brain to Learn Better

                 You may know that taking breaks when you’re in the middle of a project or study session can refresh you and actually help you learn better, but do you know why?                 Researchers shed light on this important cognitive hack by examining the brain waves behind skill learning.  What was surprising was that most of the successful learning was happening within the brain when it was resting—even while awake—or after sleeping!                 Scientists devised a study with healthy adults which asked them to learn to type a short, 5 number sequence with their non-dominant hand on a keyboard.  They...

Why You Could Lose Memories If You Try Too Hard

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Why You Could Lose Memories If You Try Too Hard

                There are some memories we just want to hold onto for as long as possible.  Maybe it’s a childhood home, a loved one, or the way someone looked at you and smiled across the room.  You may be tempted to try to replay these memories over and over in your mind as a way of crystalizing them, but the newest research explains that it’s actually doing the opposite!                 A recent publication in the Nature Communications journal should have you reassessing how many times you try to recall those important memories.  Generally,...

Need Motivation? Give Thanks

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Need Motivation?  Give Thanks

               Grappling for motivation when you are completely out of steam has to be one of the most frustrating parts of life.  Before you end up snowballing a lack of motivation into worry that you won’t get it done and then become fully paralyzed and unable to initiate a task, take a breather and try this newly discovered way to increase motivation.                 Newly published research finds that a simple, daily practice followed for two weeks is enough to boost motivation directly after and up to three months afterwards!  Japanese university students were enrolled...

Cofactors for Vitamin D

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Cofactors for Vitamin D

One of the most overlooked parts to beginning a Vitamin D regimen is its cofactors.  Without adequate amounts of the cofactors, you won’t absorb the full amount of the vitamin, and it can put you at risk for a calcium imbalance. Magnesium Your body needs Magnesium to activate Vitamin D in the bloodstream.  It is one of the number one reasons why supplementing with Vitamin D sometimes fails to raise the blood levels as expected.  When your body is using magnesium to activate Vitamin D, it can cause already low magnesium to be pushed into a deficiency.  (This is one...

One Hour of Daily Meditation Sharpens Attention

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One Hour of Daily Meditation Sharpens Attention

People of all ages could probably use better skills for paying attention, but attention decline is something that seems to be particularly related to the cognitive decline seen with aging.  Biohackers and nootropics users should not only be looking to improve their present, but also further down the road; because no one wants to feel like they were at their peak performance and watch it slip away.  What can you do in one hour that can make a long-lasting impact on your ability to pay attention as you age?  The answer may surprise you! The new way to sharpen your...

Benefits of Curcumin + Black Pepper Extract

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Benefits of Curcumin + Black Pepper Extract

The spice Turmeric is definitely having a moment in popular culture and has become mainstream.  From its origins as a staple in Ayurvedic medicine (and Chinese medicine), it has soared in popularity over the recent years, and more people are becoming aware of its many health benefits.  One of the best supplements to pair Turmeric with is Black Pepper Extract. The primary ingredient in Turmeric is a compound called Curcumin which comprises 80% of the spice.  Curcumin is the compound that is responsible for all of the anti-inflammatory benefits associated with Turmeric.  While Turmeric is generally found in foods and...

Increase Green to Decrease Stress

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Increase Green to Decrease Stress

                One of the best ways to keep your stress level down could be right outside your front or back door.  We’re talking about the brain-boosting effects of physical activity and the mood balancing effects of green spaces combined in one activity you can do from your own backyard, front yard, patio, or rooftop:  gardening.                 If you can’t get to the park or out of an urban environment during the week, new research suggests that you can still benefit from the psychological effects that puttering around in a home garden can give...

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