Thursday, July 31 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:45:13 GMT
Jasper County authorities have found the body of a man missing since last weekend. Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-upMore >>
Sheriff Chris Sargent said a search team located the body of Ricky Page, 54, around 7 p.m. Thursday in his Ford pick-up truck in a wooded area off Highway 11 in Vossburg.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:37:09 GMT
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months. The man was unaware that she was slowly gaining his confidence in orderMore >>
An Ellisville man fell victim to an international scam after chatting with a woman from Africa on a dating site for six-months.More >>
Friday, August 1 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:12:18 GMT
A Hattiesburg man is now in custody and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Roger Holder was wanted in connection with a Tuesday incident at Greenbriar Apartments on McInnis Loop that sent a victimMore >>
A Hattiesburg man is now in custody and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Roger Holder was wanted in connection with a Tuesday incident at Greenbriar Apartments on McInnis Loop that sent a victim to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:17:53 GMT
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union.More >>
A Gulfport woman has been charged with uttering forgery after she allegedly deposited more than $16,000 worth of fraudulent money orders at Coastal Credit Union. Biloxi Police Department Investigator Steve Schlicht said Cynthia Ann Brosh, 57, turned herself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Thursday, July 31 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:38:38 GMT
The Evansville Police Department says a man is arrested after an attempted robbery early Tuesday morning. EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob aMore >>
EPD says 50-year-old James Worthington is facing multiple charges after he attempted to rob a customer at a west side gas station.
Wouldn't it be great if simply eating could keep your brain young? Well, good news: New research sheds light on how certain vitamins and other nutrients may keep your memory sharp and your brain agile -- and ward off dementia -- as you get older.
"The key is to try to get these nutrients from whole foods whenever possible, because they can act synergistically," says Paula Bickford, a doctor of pharmacology and professor in the department of neurosurgery and brain repair at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
So which vitamins and nutrients have the most promise for keeping your brain young?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
French researchers found the lower your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, the higher your risk of suffering cognitive decline.
How they keep your brain young: "Omega-3 fatty acids protect the brain against oxidative stress [damage generated by unstable molecules called free radicals]," explains Bickford. In addition, "nerve tissue uses omega-3 fatty acids as the building blocks for cells," says Bickford, and omega-3's help with signaling within and between nerve cells, which helps your brain function properly.
What to eat: salmon, tuna, lake trout, sardines, anchovies, walnuts, canola oil, flaxseeds.
Vitamins C, D and E
Research from the Netherlands suggests that eating a diet rich in vitamin E may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. A South African study found that older adults with dementia had lower blood levels of vitamin C. Finally, a study at the University of Manchester in the U.K. found that middle-aged and older adults with lower blood levels of vitamin D performed less well on cognitive function tests.
How they keep your brain young: Because these vitamins have antioxidant properties, they can protect the brain from free radical damage. Plus, "having antioxidants in your diet helps reduce low-grade inflammation in your cells and clogging of arteries, which would compromise blood flow to the brain," says Joy Dubost, a doctor of food science, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the Institute of Food Technologists.
What to eat: For vitamin C: orange juice, red peppers, papaya, strawberries, broccoli, citrus fruits. For vitamin D: salmon, halibut, fortified milks, fortified cereals, eggs. For vitamin E: fortified cereals, sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and other leafy greens, canola oil.
Researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that older adults with higher blood levels of vitamin B12 showed slower rates of cognitive decline. Meanwhile, research from the University of California, Los Angeles found that low folate levels were associated with higher levels of cognitive decline among high-functioning adults in their 70s.
How they keep your brain young: No one knows exactly how these B vitamins help, "but there are many hypotheses," says Christy Tangney, a doctor of nutrition and associate professor at Rush. One is that suboptimal levels of B12 can lead to problems in your body's ability to synthesize brain chemicals and maintain your brain's network of nerves. "Another is that a deficiency of either folate or B12 can lead to a buildup of homocysteine [an amino acid in the blood], which is toxic to the blood vessels in the brain and causes damage to neurons [which can lead to cognitive decline]," explains Tangney.
What to eat: For vitamin B12: beef, shellfish, organ meats, salmon, fortified cereals. For folate: fortified cereals, beans, broccoli, spinach, okra, papaya, enriched pastas.
Stacey Colinohas written for The Washington Post'shealth section and many national magazines, including Newsweek, Woman's Day, SELF, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Parenting, Sports Illustrated and Ladies' Home Journal. Stacey is a frequent contributor to Live Right Live Well.
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