How your heart health is connected to brain health

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I probably don’t have to tell you about the inconveniences of growing older — aches and pains where you had none before, not being able to exercise the same way you used to when you were younger, worrying about your heart health and some days your brain doesn’t exactly feel sharp either.

Healthy heart, healthy mind

For years, we’ve been told that declining brain health is just a normal part of the ageing process… but what if I told you that by taking care of your heart you’ll not only boost your brain but also protect your precious memories and slow down cognitive decline?

It’s like one of those two-for-one deals you get at the supermarket… only this one is a real bargain!

And it all comes down to one simple and very cheap vitamin.

According to a study from the University of Pittsburgh, elderly patients in their 80s and 90s who had less calcium build-up in their arteries developed dementia much later than people who had the most.

Researchers tested 500 subjects, aged 80 and over, annually for 15 years – drawing blood to measure calcium levels and performing cognitive evaluations.

Those who had no calcium deposits also had ZERO signs of mental decline for two years longer than people whose arteries were clogging up like old pipes.

I don’t know about you, but if I could improve my brain health and hold onto my precious memories, I’d be very happy.

Now, you’ve already got plenty of reasons to keep your heart healthy anyway. Atherosclerosis – the condition caused by calcium deposits that harden your arteries – has been linked to heart attack, stroke, and heart failure.

And now we can add one more thing to that list: cognitive decline and dementia.

A daily K2 supplement can halt the hardening of the arteries from calcium deposits if they’ve already started – and, in some cases, even reverse it.

A diet based on natural, unprocessed foods like the Paleo diet, has also proven to be effective in combatting diabetes and heart disease.

And finally, if you want to further boost your brain health and protect your memories, stay active. You don’t have to spend hours on the treadmill, just make sure you’re moving in some way every day.



Disclaimer: Bear in mind the material contained in this article is provided for information purposes only. We are not addressing anyone’s personal situation. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

Sources:

Healthier Arteries May Lower Dementia risk in Old Age, published nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157534.html

ADHD Meds Tied to Lower Bone Density in Kids, published online, nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_157591.html

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