8 Foods that fight inflammation and boost your immune system

Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator. We all know that chronic inflammation is bad. But do you know exactly why it is unhealthy and how you can protect yourself from its effects? (Hint: the remedy may be found in the fridge instead of the medicine cabinet) Inflammation 101 Your trusty immune system is hardwired to attack anything in your body that it sees as foreign—such as an invading bacteria, germ, or chemical. The process is called inflammation and it means well. In fact, occasional bouts of inflammation protect you against threatening, health robbing invaders However, when inflammation is a constant visitor it’s bad news. You see, when there is no foreign invader to be found, chronic inflammation becomes your enemy. Many major diseases that plague us—including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and Alzheimer’s—have been linked to chronic inflammation. Eat This Not That According to a Harvard Medical School publication, one of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation comes not from the pharmacy, but from the grocery store. Experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects. Simply …

5 Proven Ways to Prevent Memory Loss

Back in the day, we believed that brain function peaked in early adulthood, slowly declining with increasing memory lapses. Now, researchers have discovered that our modern lifestyle plays a significant role in our brain health. Top brain health enemies include toxins, poor diet, lack of sleep, and — of course — stress. Fortunately, a healthy lifestyle can support good brain health and even encourage your brain to grow new neurons. In particular, your brain’s memory center – the hippocampus – can grow new cells throughout your entire life, even into your 90s! But there’s a caveat: you must give your brain the right tools to generate these fresh new cells. Happily, these tips don’t cost a dime. They will help encourage your brain to grow new cells and stay sharp and focused. 1. Smart Eating Consider healthy foods as your essential brain tonic. Fresh vegetables and healthy fats are a good start, but you’ll also want to avoid sugar and refined carbs. Additionally, curry, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and walnuts contain antioxidants that protect your brain health and may even accelerate the production of new brain cells. Consider adding healthy fats, such as coconut oil to your favorite dishes. According to …

Memory Metabolism: Fueling Your Healthy Aging Brain

Did you know that your brain accounts for only 2% of your body weight, but yet it gobbles up about 20% of your daily energy intake? That’s right, the nerve cells of the brain (neurons) require a tremendous amount of energy to operate. Unfortunately, your energy metabolism declines as you age and your brain suffers most.   But the news is not all bad. You see, mental deterioration is not entirely irreversible … not even close! In fact, the brain is incredibly dynamic and has the potential and the ability to change at any point throughout your entire life. What’s more, you actually have the power to enhance your brain function, protect your brain from damage, and even counteract the effects of aging! It all comes down to your everyday decisions. Take a look at these 4 small changes that can mean big difference in your cognitive abilities. Making and keeping your precious memories may not be as hard as you think! 1. Get More Fat(s) That’s right, contrary to common wisdom, you need more fat in your diet … it just needs to be the right kind! Omega-3 fatty acids — which are found in foods like salmon, flaxseed …

What does Harvard think you should worry about?

Anti-aging is first and foremost about stopping premature aging and illness. Our goal at Juvenon is to add 5 quality years of health to 1,000,000 people’s lives. So to reach our goal, we took a look at what makes people sick. A landmark study, led by researchers from Harvard, published a report called The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors and here’s what they found. First, don’t smoke, or if you do, quit smoking. But everyone knows that! But surprisingly, grouped together, the largest risk factors are called “metabolic syndrome.” These are highlighted in the table below, and make up 46% of the preventable deaths or 914,000 deaths per year. About twice the number deaths caused by smoking! Annual U.S. Preventable Deaths by Risk Factor Tobacco smoking 467,000 High blood pressure 395,000 Overweight–obesity (high BMI) 216,000 Physical inactivity 191,000 High blood glucose 190,000 High LDL cholesterol 113,000 High dietary salt (sodium) 102,000 Low dietary omega-3 fatty acids (seafood) 84,000 High dietary trans fatty acids 82,000 Alcohol use 64,000 Low intake of fruits and vegetables 58,000 Low dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) 15,000     Total 1,977,000 Total of …

Memory Loss and Exercise

Sweat Yourself Smart New evidence says exercise can reduce dementia risk Here at Juvenon, we are fascinated by scientific research that delves into mitochondrial function (AKA your energy metabolism). To that end, we revisit and update our content as we discover exciting new evidence that links exercise with improved mitochondrial function. The proven benefits are many, from better energy and longevity to reduction of dementia risk. The Mighty Mitochondria Essentially metabolism is a collection of mitochondria. These are the spark plugs of the cells that are responsible for metabolism. The greater the activity of the cell, the more mitochondria it has. Regardless of their location, when these little dynamos aren’t operating cleanly and efficiently, it impedes your metabolism, resulting in energy slow down throughout your body. This in turn, puts you at risk for a host of illnesses and diseases of aging. How Exercise Can Repair an Inefficient Metabolism It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that exercise helps your metabolism, but you may be interested to know why. Aside from burning calories from the food we eat on a daily basis, exercise normalizes our metabolism by establishing balance. Our bodies seek an economy of scale in which certain aspects of physiological strength, capacity, endurance and speed are forfeited when they aren’t regularly …

Give Your Brain a Lift with Strength Training

It’s no secret that exercise is beneficial for the brain and the Juvenon Health Journal has explored the topic from many angles in the past. However, most studies that link exercise and brain health have concentrated on the effects of walking, running or other aerobic activities. But now exciting new research indicates that light strength training may stem the tide of age-related shrinking of the brain.