Blueberry Salad Dressing May Help Fight Dementia

A team of scientists from Konkuk University, Chungju, in South Korea, suggest that drinking blueberry vinegar or using it as salad dressing could fight dementia.blueberry salad dressing

With the help of the set of experiments, the researchers found that memory of mice with amnesia returned after they were fed with fermented food, including blueberry vinegar. After eating these products, the mice had more of a protein that fuels nerve cells and increased levels of a compound that is destroyed in dementia patients.

Professor Beong-Ou Lim says: “The study aimed to assess the neuronal protective effects of blueberry vinegar on memory impairment. Intriguingly, we found administrated blueberry vinegar at a dose of 120 mg/kg for a week prevented the amnesia model.”

Just 10 Minutes of Meditation Can Help Anxious People to Focus

A recent report from the University of Waterloo in Canada shows that just 10 minutes of meditation is enough to overcome stress, anxiety, and boost your focus.10 minutes of meditation help with anxiety

For the study, the researchers asked 82 people who considered themselves as anxious to perform a task on a computer with some interruptions during this task. Those persons who had a short meditation before starting the assignment showed better results compared to those who did not meditate.

Mengran Xu, a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the university mentioned above, explains: “We also found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand.”

Feeling Lonely Could Be an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study finds that feeling lonely could be the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease in senior people.feeling lonely

Seniors with high brain levels of amyloid, a type of protein fragment linked to Alzheimer’s, are more likely to feel lonely than people with lower levels of this protein fragments according to the research.

Dr. Nancy Donovan, a lead researcher and a director of the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, says: “For people who have high levels of amyloid – the people truly at risk for Alzheimer’s – they were 7.5 times more likely to be lonely than non-lonely.”

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Women’s Better Verbal Memory Can Mask Early Symptoms of Dementia

A new research from the University of California, USA, suggests that women better recall information that was rendered through words due to their better verbal memory, even if they already have pre-dementia changes in brain.dementia

The scientists believe that the findings of this study can explain why more women than men are suffering from the condition.

Dr. Erin Sundermann, an author of the study from the University of California, San Diego, says: “Adjusting memory tests to account for the differences between men and women may help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier in women.”

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Loneliness Can Increase the Risk of Mental Health Problems

According to a large Australian study, a feeling of loneliness may lead to such mental health issues as depression, social anxiety, and paranoia.loneliness

The study, which followed more than 1,000 people over the period of 6 months, also discovered that people suffering from social anxiety were more likely to be lonely in the future.

It’s important to understand that correlation doesn’t equal causation and there could be other factors. Though, the researchers hope that their research will encourage further studies of the way some mental health issues and a feeling lonely could be connected.

A lead researcher Michelle Lim from Swinburne University of Technology said: “…The unpleasant feelings of being lonely are subjective; researchers have found loneliness is not about the amount of time one spends with other people or alone. It is related more to the quality of relationships, rather than quantity.”

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