If you’re a regular reader here, you know about the unique power of frequent exercise, even a daily walk. I’ve called it the world’s most powerful medicine.
It keeps us healthy and young. And as I’ve said in other articles, there are plenty of studies that show exercise helps prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Now a company called SMART Brain Aging, Inc. recently announced there’s something you can do after you exercise that’s proven to delay dementia by 2.5 years.
That’s a big deal. Dementia typically hits people in their 80s, or late 70s. Yes, it can happen at younger ages, but that’s a really common timeframe to see serious symptoms. If you reach your 80s, you’ll see for yourself that getting two or three more “good” years at that age makes a huge difference.
As far as that goes, it makes a difference if you can delay dementia by even ONE year. You’ll keep your independence longer. You’ll have a better quality of life… it saves you boatloads of money on eldercare… and you won’t be a burden to your loved ones.
The World Health Organization (which by the way says dementia is NOT a normal part of aging) now estimates that someone develops the disease every three seconds.1 This is an epidemic. While there’s a lot of chatter about this among the people in charge of the healthcare system, they aren’t getting anywhere as far as finding solutions.
Meanwhile, us lowly alternative medicine people have uncovered a great many things you can do about it yourself that are known to work. Don’t pass this one by. . .
The Post-Exercise Wonder That Can Delay Dementia
SMART Brain Aging says you’ll get more cognitive benefits if you do certain brain exercises after you do physical exercise. The brain exercises are part of an online program they recently released called Brain U.
Brain U has special exercises that focus on different brain functions. These include processing speed, executive functioning, speech and language, memory and attention, and concentration. The company make its program, which is usually done in person by a trained professional, available to anyone who wants it.
Now this is NOT like the “exercise your brain” programs you may have seen elsewhere. Its results are backed by extensive research.
The research includes clinical trials conducted over a five-year period at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine.2 More than 3,000 participants have taken part in the trials.
The findings were so compelling that SMART Brain Aging opened clinics and trained professionals to work one-on-one with patients. And now people can do the exercises online with Brain U. To get the best benefits, they should be done following some kind of aerobic exercise.
How it Works
There are many studies that show physical activity is an important part of staying mentally sharp and delaying cognitive decline. One study of people in their 60s showed there was a difference equal to ten years of brain aging between the group who exercised and the group that didn’t.3
Now comes brain training to add an extra dimension.
The Brain U exercises cause your brain to release certain chemicals that naturally protect your neurons. This keeps your brain from shrinking, as it “normally” does at a fast pace of three to four percent a year – unless you do something about it. If you can keep your brain from shrinking, you’ll push off dementia.
The Annals of Internal Medicine recently reviewed studies done between January 2009 and July 2017. The review showed that people who combined physical activity with cognitive training improved their brain function more than people who did physical activity alone.4
Every Little Bit Helps
There is some controversy around the effectiveness of brain training programs. My team has extensively researched this subject and conducted interviews with top neuroscientists. We’ve learned some brain training programs DO work, but you have to choose the right ones.
This appears to be one of them, in view of the Harvard research that backs it up.