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New Year's Resolution: Keep Your Brain From Shrinking

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A new study which was just published before the New Year suggests brain shrinkage can be avoided if people consume the right diet. The researchers recommend diets with high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and lots of vitamins B, C, D, and E.


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Patricia E G (54)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 12:33 am
For those who are allergic to fish due to the mercury and iodine it contains,
a reasonable substitute is available. A mixture of Omega 3 Nuts, consisting
of Pistachio, Pumpkin, Walnut and Almond.

Thank you Cal for this very interesting Article

Penelope P (222)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 3:03 am
Pat may inadvertently put her finger on it-iodine-it effects the pituitary and is missing in a lot of diets in this salt shy world

Deborah L (3)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 4:51 am
Gosh, it may be too late for me already! And I'm not yet 50! :-{

Deborah L (3)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 4:57 am
that was a joke! I'm a kidder, hee hee.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 5:17 am
Uuuups.. kidding like Deb L. ....

Bob P (394)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:25 am
thanks Cal

Kim Stueck (30)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 6:54 am
Great info.

Sally M (72)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 11:08 am
An easy way to remember is P,F,F.F----no to packaged, fried, fast, & frozen. Anything that is a one ingredient food is perfect....more than two ingredients has a good rule too....does it grow somewhere? And, avoid anything that may be GM-----corn, soy, sugar...unless it's organic.

The older people in this study also didn't have a life of eating GM foods, additives, pesticides in quantity, and meat tainted with all the 'poisons' that we have now. The dairy and sugar substitutes most people eat are about 1 molecule away from being plastic.. Can we even imagine what the brains of the young people will look like in 50 years or so if they don't take careful charge of what they eat?

I'm in my late 60's and most of my friends are hooked on prescription pills----they have foggy memories, they have every new 'dis-ease' the TV tells them they have, they whine about ailments, they consume pharmaceuticals of every kind, and they certainly do not have the same minds as when they were younger...minds which were interested in the world and all the possibilities it contains. What happened?
I think it's from consuming all the fake foods since the 1970's.......all the pills, all the chemicals......

We are, for the most part, a nation off track. We don't value education (the article mentioned this lack of education being a component of brain size), we don't do much to stimulate body/mind connections, we don't investigate what it really is we are eating, and we don't meditate and ground ourselves in the natural/spiritual world.
Just take a look at the repub. candidates....and people take them seriously. Wow!


Shirley H (49)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:17 pm
I am almost 70 - I can't remember what I ate for breakfast - he he
Shirley H.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:49 pm
Thanks for the info. Deb, Bee ZZ and Shirley love your sense of humor that definitely will keep you young.

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 1:54 pm
Thanks for this, Cal, think my brain has been shrinking for awhile now

David Lam (4)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 2:16 pm
Wow Great article!

jayasri amma (10)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 3:47 pm
good news for people like me

Fran F (116)
Wednesday January 4, 2012, 11:10 pm
Cal, thanks for posting this article - excellent information!

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 1:57 am
thanks for very important info

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 5:52 am
Take your brain out of your skull, put it in a large ziploc storage bag, and keep it in the freezer. This should prevent shrinkage.

Lloyd H (46)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:43 am
They left out the single fastest and easiest step to take, Never Watch Fox News.

Nola g (5)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 6:49 am
Thank you for tips, good idea no one wants a small brain.

Robert B (60)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 7:05 am
The Brain, just like the rest of your body, needs proper exercise and diet. I avoid trans fats like the plague. Read the labels if you buy packaged food. It the ingredient list has hydrogenated oil and or high fructose corn syrup, don't buy it. And above all keep moving and thinking.

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 12:42 pm
Noted. Thankyou.

Pia M (88)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 1:13 pm
Sally: "The dairy and sugar substitutes most people eat are about 1 molecule away from being plastic"

This in just an urban myth. Originally it was margarine that was supposed to be a molecule away from plastic, not it seems to have spread to other foods as well...

The original study refers specifically to "marine omega 3", so I'm not sure whether plant-based omega 3's are as effective brain food. Anyway, for vegetarians and vegans the best sources are certain vegetable oils: flaxseed, canola and hemp. Chia seeds and kiwis (seeds!) are good, too. These not only have plenty of omega 3 (alphalinolenic acid), but the relation of n3 to n6 is also optimal. It's too easy to get too much n6 from the typical western diet. Buy only cold-pressed, extra-virgin vegetable oils in dark glass bottles, keep refrigerated - and oils containing lots of polyunsaturated fats are best to use unheated, as heat oxidizes them.

Sharon F (0)
Thursday January 5, 2012, 1:51 pm
Eat what comes from a tree, the sea, or the ground. Include garlic and onions. Good wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

Danuta W (1251)
Friday January 6, 2012, 3:49 am

Gwynethrose F (12)
Friday January 6, 2012, 10:44 am
Thank you.

Deborah C (19)
Friday January 6, 2012, 1:47 pm
Interesting, thanks! I heard that when your brain shrinks you become crabby, I wonder if it's true... :P

David Lam (4)
Friday January 6, 2012, 3:35 pm

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 5:01 pm

Amanda A (201)
Saturday January 7, 2012, 5:49 pm
Thanks. Good info

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday January 8, 2012, 8:52 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 4:21 pm
Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.
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