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Apr. 24, 2017 Exercise and Beetroot Juice Keep the Brain Young

Drinking beetroot juice (BRJ) has both been shown to improve blood flow to the brain through its high levels of nitrate, which is converted into a molecule called nitric oxide (NO); exercise increases the brain’s capacity for neuroplasticity and performance is enhanced with increased NO. This neuroplasticity is important, because it leads to larger brain volume and more efficient neural connections. A team of researchers from a university in North Carolina set out to determine whether the positive effects of exercise and BRJ are additive.

Apr. 24, 2017 Soft Drinks Linked to Dementia and Stroke

Two parallel studies from Boston University based off data from the Framingham Heart Study recently found that pop – both diet and regular – is associated with brain changes. The first study found a correlation between frequent consumption of sugary drinks (including pop, sports drinks, and juice) and small brain volume and weak memory; this is not surprising, given the link between Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

Apr. 24, 2017 Meditation May Protect Against Brain Atrophy

Meditation has many well-established benefits, but an area of growing interest is its ability to increase the grey matter volume of the brain. Grey matter is the area in which neural connections are formed and is therefore important for cognitive function; given that it is the area most vulnerable to atrophy in dementia, it seems plausible that meditation would counteract these effects. However, most studies on the topic have been conducted with cognitively healthy participants.

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Recruiting participants for new project

We’re researching how businesses can engage people with dementia meaningfully and respectfully in the design, testing, and commercialization of apps intended for their use. For this research, we’re looking for people living with dementia to use, test, and provide feedback on a digital memory aid currently being developed. Follow the link for more information.