Compounds in green and black teas have a healthful impact on several markers of heart disease risk, but debate continues as to which kind of tea is healthiest. Recent research suggests it may be a dead heat. In a study, green and black tea appeared equally protective against fatty arterial plaque buildup.
In a study, a tryptophan-enriched snack before bed helped study participants sleep better and promoted morning alertness. Foods that provide a dose of tryptophan include bananas, dairy, nuts, eggs, soybeans, tuna, and chicken. Keep the serving size small and have your snack about an hour before bed.
High levels of stress hormones muddle memory in people of all ages by impairing brain areas involved in cognitive processing, a recent study concludes. Keep your memory sharp by fighting stress with regular exercise, social interactions with supportive people, and deep-breathing exercises.
Folic Acid for Memory
Lost your keys again? Forgot a friend’s name? Memory problems do happen as we grow older, but you don’t need to forget what it’s like to think clearly! A new study shows Folic Acid supplements may help.
The study, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on June 18th, found that Folic Acid supplements boosted memory test scores and improved mental and physical skills.
Older adults (aged 50-70) who took Folic Acid supplements for three years had memory test scores of someone five-and-a-half years younger. Muscle skills and information processing improved too – the Folic-Acid group had the skills of someone two years younger than them.