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Friday Roundup: Best Foods to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk, Downside to Nighttime Snacks & More

admin - March 15, 2013

best foods to lower alzheimers risk

Although it may seem to be out of your control, there are things you can do now to keep your brain active and sharp while lowering your risk of cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s or dementia. In fact, certain foods have been proven to aid in brain health and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s.

Some of these foods include a variety of nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts), salmon and other fatty fish like mackerel and sardines, berries (strawberries, blueberries, cranberries), spinach, other leafy greens and even coffee. The key is to consume a diet that contains healthy fats rather than trans fats and sugar.

Read the full article on the best foods for your brain here:


The Downside to Snacking at Night

New findings from a study published in the journal Current Biology found that the body’s ability to regular blood sugar changes throughout the day. This impact on metabolism leads to an increase in fat production at night and less fat production during the day.

Previous studies found that night-shift workers are more prone to obesity and diabetes. This new study backs up those findings by pointing out the body’s increased fat production during the day.

“Disrupting your biological clock leads to a disruption of metabolism such that there’s more of a tendency to put on fat” even with the same amount of calorie intake, said co-author of the study Carl Johnson in the news article.

Read the full study results here:


Sleep Deprivation and Your Genes

You’ve probably heard over and over how important quality sleep is to your health. Did you know that lack of sleep can actually have a negative impact on your genes?

A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that regular sleep deprivation can disrupt the activity of your genes and even affect functions like metabolism. These disruptions can lead to long-term effects on the body.

“If people regularly restrict their sleep, it is possible that the disruption that we see…could have an impact over time that ultimately determines their health outcomes as they age in later life,” said study co-author Simon Archer in the news article.

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