A recent study, completed by researchers from Canada, finds that a 20-minute session of moderate-intensity exercise, for example, a brisk walk, is equivalent to a dose of caffeine in improving working memory.
In their study, researchers checked what would happen to working memory when healthy adults complete a brisk 20-minutes walk on a treadmill versus when they receive a dose of caffeine equivalent to what people consume in a small cup of coffee.
The received result suggests that replacing morning coffee with a single bout of aerobic exercise may provide not only a cognitive boost but also may provide other health benefits from exercising.
A new study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, finds that people who eat mushrooms regularly seem to have a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) which later may lead to the Alzheimer’s disease.
The research included 663 participants aged 60 and older at the beginning of the study period. The researchers followed the included participants for 6 years, from 2011 to 2017. The mushrooms included golden mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, white button mushrooms, dried mushrooms, and canned button mushrooms.
The researchers conclude in their paper that eating more than two portions of cooked mushrooms per week could lead to a 50% lower risk of MCI. This correlation is surprising and encouraging, according to the researchers.
A large study from the University College London, UK, finds that excessive TV watching on a daily basis is associated with greater decline in verbal memory.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) that included information on 3,662 adults aged 50 and older.
The analysis showed that people who watched TV for at least 3.5 hours or more daily experienced an average decline of 8–10% in word– and language-related memory over the 6 years of the study period.
Chris Allen, a senior cardiac nurse for the charitable organization, explains: “[…] if you’re concerned that the amount of television you’re watching could be having a negative impact on your health, we would advise limiting the amount of TV you watch each day and working in some heart-healthy hobbies to your routine.”
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