Monday, June 28, 2010

The Newest Ways to Boost Your Brain Power


Feeling scatterbrained? These simple solutions can improve your brain health. Here are the latest tips that will amp up your memory.

> You sleep, you win
If you’ve got a big presentation tomorrow, you’ll remember your speech better and dazzle the audience if, you get at least six hours of sleep.Researchers believe that sleep may help your brain consolidate and organize information so that it comes back to you correctly.

> Snack on some nuts
Nuts of all kinds are full of magnesium, a mineral linked to improvements in short- and long-term memory. A handful of almonds or cashews, in particular, boasts about 25 percent of your daily requirement.

> Cook like an Italian
With age, the brain starts to develop damage that can lead to difficulty with thinking and memory, but research shows that people who eat a Mediterranean diet are 36 percent less likely to have such damage.

> Go blue(berry)
A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that the fruit’s wealth of anthocyanins—the antioxidants that create the blue hue—foster neuron-to-neuron communication in the brain, which may help delay memory loss.

> Relax to remember
Your busy life can make you so anxious that your brain simply can’t take in new info, let alone remember it. Regular deep breathing will help. A nature walk or yoga will quiet your mind, too.

> Play more Scrabble
Exercising your word skills might protect against memory loss, a study in Neurology found. Get help with a daily word e-mail—and pick up a book any chance you get.

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