By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, Australian scientists discovered that coffee dri…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2021 6 Comments
    Special Savings on Memory+ and Other CocoaVia Pr…

    How would you like to end 2021 with special savings on CocoaVia products? The company, which sponsors The People’s Pharmacy radio show and podcasts, is having its biggest sale of the year on all of …

    By: Terry Graedon November 11, 2021 22 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    Vitamins were among the most exciting discoveries of the early 20th century. Since then, however, doctors have been expressing a lot of skepticism about the value of vitamin supplements. New research …

    By: Terry Graedon November 4, 2021 12 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

    Do you think of chocolate as a sinful snack or a healthy bite? Chocolate candy itself probably should be considered sinful. It usually contains too much sugar to count as health food. The cocoa flavan…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2021 22 Comments
    Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Defici…

    Whether they admit it or not, a lot of middle-aged and older people worry about senility. By this, they mean cognitive difficulties or even dementia, perhaps coupled with physical frailty. However, ge…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2021 14 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other health be…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2021 27 Comments
    Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Get…

    We have been writing about the dangers of anticholinergic drugs and dementia for more than a decade. There are dozens of studies and hundreds of articles referencing anticholinergic drugs and dementia…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 3 Comments
    Show 1273: Finding Ways to Manage Long COVID

    When the COVID pandemic began, doctors thought that patients either recovered fairly quickly or they died. Before long, though, some patients identified themselves as “long haulers” because they w…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 3 Comments
    Do Omega-3 Supplements Improve Cognitive Perform…

    Experts have been debating the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. Marine oils contain both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A new study in the America…

    By: Joe Graedon September 2, 2021 6 Comments
    Should You Delay Retirement to Save Your Brain?

    Millions of people dream about early retirement. Reducing day-to-day work stress seems like it should be good for your health. But a new study from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 10 Comments
    Show 1269: How the First Survivors of Alzheimer&…

    For more than a century, people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease have been condemned to a relentless slide into dementia. Experts stress that there is no cure for this devastating condition. Even …

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2021 3 Comments
    Will COVID-19 Increase the Risk for Later Dement…

    Could recovering from a COVID-19 infection leave a person more vulnerable to later dementia? Brain researchers are worried that COVID-19 infections could put survivors at higher risk for Parkinson dis…

    By: Joe Graedon August 5, 2021 8 Comments
    Soccer Players Putting Their Brains in Danger

    Soccer is normally considered a safe sport, relatively speaking. Compared to football players, for example, soccer players are thought to be less vulnerable to head injury. When concussions occur in s…

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2021 0 Comments
    How Can You Keep Your Brain Healthy?

    Are there ways to keep your brain healthy as well as your body? Scientists with the Rush Memory and Aging Project suggest that the concept "use it or lose it" applies to gray matter as well as muscle.…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1263: Can We Reverse the Aging Process?

    Can you reset your biological clock? You can’t make time run backward, but you may be able to slow or even reverse the aging process. Dr. David Sinclair believes that aging is far more reversible th…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2021 2 Comments
    Which Blood Pressure Pills Help Protect Memory?

    High blood pressure is a risk factor for dementia as people age. However, people who take certain blood pressure medicines that cross the blood-brain barrier might be able to protect memory and c…

    By: Joe Graedon June 24, 2021 63 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 210 million prescriptions…

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2021 1 Comments
    Save on CocoaVia for Brain Health This Month

    Our sponsor, CocoaVia, makes high-quality supplements with precision. When you take their Memory+ supplement, you get exactly 750 mg of cocoa flavanols to help improve your brain health. This suppleme…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2021 4 Comments
    Eating Right for Better Brain Power with Age

    Most older people would like to know how to maintain their brain power as they age. There are no pills that will do this, but a new randomized controlled trial suggests that a combination of a healthy…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2021 2 Comments
    Can Skimping on Sleep in Middle Age Lead to Deme…

    Have you been skimping on sleep? Some people have more to do in a single day than they can accomplish in the hours they have. As a result, they steal time from the hours they should be sleeping. Young…

    By: Terry Graedon April 12, 2021 4 Comments
    New Study Shows Cocoa Compounds May Help Improve…

    Many people find cocoa brings back fond memories of childhood. Mom often put a marshmallow in a mug of cocoa for a special treat. The flavor was divine. However, this favorite treat might have been a …

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2021 4 Comments
    Will Lots of Veggies on the Menu Help Your Brain…

    If you are looking to reduce your risk of Alzheimer disease, you might want to pile lots of veggies on your plate. According to a new study, people who eat lots of veggies rich in carotenoids appear l…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2020 2 Comments
    Will Cheese and Wine Save Your Brain?

    Epistemology Alert: This story is based on data from an epidemiological study, not a randomized controlled trial that fed people cheese and wine or other foods. (Epistemology is a fancy way of saying …

    By: Terry Graedon November 26, 2020 4 Comments
    Show 1237: Improving Your Mood With Food

    Working from home during the pandemic has wrought havoc with a lot of healthy eating habits. It’s harder to shop safely, and minimizing time in the grocery store may mean people have stocked up on s…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1231: How Can Women Reduce Their Risk for D…

    Two out three people with Alzheimer disease are women. Why are they at higher risk for this devastating condition than men? Even more important, how can they reduce their risk for dementia? Many of th…

    By: Terry Graedon October 8, 2020 3 Comments
    COVID-19 Has Neurological Effects in Most Patien…

    COVID-19 is known as a respiratory infection. Although the coronavirus certainly affects the lungs, however, it can also cause neurological effects. What Do We Know About the Neurological Effects of C…

    By: Terry Graedon October 1, 2020 3 Comments
    Can COVID-19 Symptoms Last for Weeks?

    After a recovery, how long do COVID-19 symptoms last? Although we are now about ten months into this pandemic, we simply don't have enough information to answer that question definitively. Researchers…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1220: How We Can Learn Faster and Better an…

    When Jim Kwik was a little boy, he had a bad fall that resulted in a concussion. He struggled with learning problems throughout elementary school and even later. But he eventually learned to stop thin…

    By: Terry Graedon July 16, 2020 2 Comments
    Does Eating Fish Protect the Brain from Pollutio…

    Have you ever heard the "old wives' tale" that fish is brain food? Although scientists were skeptical for a long time, studies show that eating fish is linked to a range of beneficial effects in the b…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1219: How to Achieve Maximum Memory Fitness

    In these challenging times, keeping our brains healthy and working well is important. Social isolation can be debilitating, but there are approaches that can help counteract these difficulties. Resear…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2020 9 Comments
    Are There Cognitive Benefits to Moderate Drinkin…

    Researchers have been disputing the benefits and risks of moderate alcohol consumption for decades. Some studies have suggested that several drinks a week might be beneficial for the cardiovascular sy…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2020 8 Comments
    Show 1216: How Sugar Interferes With Healthy Dec…

    The telomeres that cap our chromosomes are a good way to gauge biological aging. Dr. Elissa Epel, who studies aging and metabolism at UCSF, has found a link between soda consumption and cellular aging…

    By: Joe Graedon June 7, 2020 34 Comments
    There Is Science to Support Cocoa for Brain Heal…

    Most people think of chocolate as a modern indulgence. But chocolate got its start thousands of years ago in Southern Mexico. The pre-Olmec cultures treasured the cacao bean, which they fermented for …

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1214: How to Defend Your Brain During the P…

    For decades, neurologists have been telling us that Alzheimer disease is driven largely by the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. They have suspected that this is determined in large me…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 1 Comments
    Will Blood Pressure Medicines Prevent Alzheimer …

    Doctors have been debating the link between high blood pressure (hypertension) and cognitive decline for decades (BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, Nov. 3, 2016). They have been equally divided and uncert…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2020 6 Comments
    What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Demen…

    Do you know how to keep your brain healthy as you grow older? Often, people want to know what you should eat to reduce your risk of dementia. We now have some answers to that question, thanks to the F…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2020 2 Comments
    Can Your Gut Microbiome Affect Your Memory?

    A decade ago, no one would have imagined that the bacteria in your digestive tract could in any way interact with your brain. We assumed that the brain and the belly were completely isolated. But ther…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2020 20 Comments
    How Can You Make Your Own Rosemary Water?

    Many of us worry about experiencing cognitive decline in our later years. Following a non-smoking lifestyle with adequate sleep and physical activity, along with a prudent diet, can help us stay healt…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2020 24 Comments
    Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer…

    With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer disease, this condition is a serious public health problem. It robs people of their memories, their ability to function independently and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 30, 2020 16 Comments
    What Can Help You Stay Sharp as You Age?

    Do you know how to stay healthy? Chances are you are aware that exercise and diet are keystones of good health throughout your life. You and your health care provider may also be paying attention to y…