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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
While American contends with a growing obesity epidemic, there is also a growing body of scientific research dedicated to finding a solution. A recent study, published in the journal Obesity, suggests that along with calorie reduction, the dietary supplement alpha-lipoic acid is a safe and effective aid in weight loss efforts.
In the never-ending search for a silver bullet to slow down the march of time and treat the chronic diseases of aging, comes exciting news from Emory University School of Medicine, published last month in Cell Reports.
Also known as vitamin B7, biotin is a water-soluble nutrient. Like others in the B vitamin family, biotin helps support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a
healthy nervous system.
You toss and turn. And you count sheep until the cows come home. But did you know that getting insufficient shut-eye could be making you fat?
At this writing, plenty of Americans – in the East, Midwest and even the South — are enduring the winter of 2014-2015 chills. And so what do we do when the mercury plummets? Turn up the thermostat, of course! You see, we modern Americans have been programed to crank up the heat in the winter.
Vitamin D has long been touted as the “sunshine vitamin” that is essential for bone health. But now scientists have found that it may also help protect the aging brain against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.