Exercising your brain proven to help prevent Alzheimer's

Thursday, February 02, 2012 by: Tara Green
Tags: exercise, brain, Alzheimer's

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
GMO crops totally banned in Russia... powerful nation blocks Monsanto's agricultural imperialism and mass poisoning of the population
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Pepsi drops aspartame from diet soda as consumers reject toxic sweetener
Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto
STATINS RED ALERT: Widely prescribed drugs act as cellular poisons that accelerate aging... deactivate DNA repair... promote diabetes, muscle fatigue and memory loss
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Mind control through emotional domination: How we're all being manipulated by the "crisis of the NOW"
(NaturalNews) A new study demonstrates that an active brain is just as essential to continued health as an active body. Researchers have learned that fewer deposits of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's, appear in the brain scans of people who engage in mental stimulating activities throughout their lives.

Benefits of brain exercise

The principal investigator for the study, Dr. William Jagust, of UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory stated, "These findings point to a new way of thinking about how cognitive engagement throughout life affects the brain. Rather than simply providing resistance to Alzheimer's, brain-stimulating activities may affect a primary pathological process in the disease. This suggests that cognitive therapies could have significant disease-modifying treatment benefits if applied early enough, before symptoms appear".

The number of deaths from Alzheimer's rose by 66 percent between 2000 and 2008, an increase tied to the aging of the baby boomer generation, making the disease the sixth-leading killer in the US. A draft of the first-ever National Alzheimer's Plan, released in January 2012, states that one of the government's health goals is to find an effective treatment for this incurable disease by 2025.

The research of Jagust and his team, published recently in the Archives of Neurology, highlights the importance of amyloid, a type of protein fiber which accumulates as plaque in the brain. Since beta-amyloid has been identified as a possible cause to Alzheimer's disease, the new study, funded by the National Institute of Health and the Alzheimer's Association, is an important step forward and a guidepost for future studies.

The build-up of amyloid is in part related to factors outside individual control such as genetics and the natural effects of the aging process. However, the new study suggests people may have more ability than previously thought to minimize this harmful protein in the brain through reading, writing, solving puzzles or playing mentally challenging games.

Start early to prevent Alzheimer's

Researchers emphasize that preventive activities should take place early. "Amyloid probably starts accumulating many years before symptoms appear. So it's possible that by the time you have symptoms of Alzheimer's, like memory problems, there is little that can be done to stop disease progression. The time for intervention may be much sooner, which is why we're trying to identify whether lifestyle factors might be related to the earliest possible changes," said study lead author Susan Landau, a research scientist at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.

The study involved 65 healthy, cognitively normal adults aged 60. Participants responded to questions about how frequently they participated in such mental activities over the course of their lives from age 6 onward. Participants also received extensive neuropsychological testing to assess memory and other cognitive functions.

PET (positron emission tomography) scans were given to all the research subjects using a new tracer called Pittsburgh Compound B which provides a visual reading of amyloid in the brain. The brain scans of the healthy study subjects were compared with those of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and also with healthy people in their 20s.

The researchers found a strong correlation between higher levels of cognitive activity over a lifetime and lower levels of beta-amyloid in the PET scans. Lifelong cognitive engagement was found to be independently linked to amyloid deposition, regardless of other factors such as gender and educational level. Unless tied to a life history of mental activity, current cognitive exercise seemed to have little effect on amyloid disposition. Landau noted "What our data suggests is that a whole lifetime of engaging in these activities has a bigger effect than being cognitively active just in older age."


Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Exercise at
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source:

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.