It's well known that older people who stay mentally active are more resistant to cognitive decline and dementia, and many scientific studies have backed up this "use it or lose it" hypothesis. (New Scientist, 17 December 2005, p 32)

Multiple studies have shown that brain activity helps new connections to form. It turns out that brain activity is needed for selecting which synapses should be eliminated, as well. The findings have implications for conditions in which these mechanisms may have gone awry (e.g., autism, schizophrenia, and perhaps Alzheimer's). Almost daily another piece of research confirms how. (Carper, Jean. Your Miracle Brain. NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2000, pp 135-136)

Avoid foods that spike blood sugar. As blood sugar levels rise, increases in insulin and inflammation produce glycation (sugar molecules bind to proteins), which create free radicals known as AGEs. They can cause degeneration of nerves and brain. (Perricone, Nicholas, MD. cally important it is for you to keep your brain challenged, stimulated, and active! (Study shows map of brain connectivity changes during development.)

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