Eat your spinach! Kale?

In a study called Nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables and cognitive decline: Prospective study, published in the journal Neurology, researchers wanted to measure the protective effect on cognitive decline by green vegetables.  Subjects were given a questionnaire to determine amount of consumption of spinach, collard greens, kale and lettuce.  Then they were followed for […]

Resolution time: Diet and exercise to prevent stroke (Part 1)

I just uncovered 2 articles in my pile from the journal Stroke published in July of 2015 that seem just perfect for the beginning of a new year. They focus on the science behind benefit or healthy diet and exercise as part of stroke prevention strategy. The first article is called Diet and Stroke: Recent Evidence Supporting […]

Vitamin D as a Neuroprotective

In a study called Vitamin D and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease., published in September 2014 in Neurology, researchers followed 1658 subjects (average age 74) for an average of 5.6 years to determine the risk of development of dementia, based on initial Vitamin D levels.  During the study, 171 subjects were diagnosed with dementia and […]

Reduce stroke risk with magnesium. Go nuts!

In a recent study published in the journal Stroke, Dutch researchers followed 36,000 participants in a trial over 12 years to determine stroke risk based on reported intake of potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  They found no association between stroke risk and calcium or potassium intake, however there was a reduced stroke risk associated with magnesium.  […]

Potassium supplementation and stroke risk reduction

The issue of potassium intake and the risk of stroke was reviewed in an article published in Stroke called Potassium intake and stroke risk: a review of the evidence and practical considerations for achieving a minimum target. In light of growing evidence for benefit from potassium intake, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued guidelines […]

Blood pressure medications and dementia. A protective link?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is blamed for many things, mostly vascular in nature.  Unfortunately, hypertension is common, affecting about 90% of people eventually in their lives.  Hypertension damages arteries over time and can hasten coronary disease, stroke, brain hemorrhages, aneurysm ruptures, and can lead to kidney failure. Hypertension may also play a role in “brain […]

Vitamin E for Alzheimer’s Disease? Maybe.

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is unfortunately extremely common.  There are estimates that indicate around 40% of those in their mid 80’s or above have the disease.  It is not treatable with anything that is very effective, and so there is a relentless progression.  We give medications to slow the progression, like donepezil (Aricept) and memantine (Namenda). […]