Crazy About Exercise—And Turmeric

The evidence for exercise is so overwhelming you would think we would all be doing it. We have known for decades about its salutary effects on our cardiovascular system. Thinking Integratively, it was predictable that evidence for its positive effects on all organs would follow. Sure enough, exercise is also great for the brain.

Given that practically every patient of a certain age worries about losing their marbles, the article below (which must be inferred to be of relevance to men, too,) should be a great incentive to get going on an exercise program. If you are not too keen on pounding the pavement, or running a marathon at your age, the good news is that walking 30-60 minutes a day is enough to accrue significant brain benefits. At the very least avoid sitting around. For every thirty minutes of vegetating, you do well to get up for ninety seconds.

The evidence for Turmeric helping with so many conditions, as any strong antioxidant/anti-inflammatory food does, is overwhelming, particularly in cardiovascular conditions. We should not be surprised that it also helps in lowering the risk and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Drink it daily. Best when mixed with green tea, pomegranate and cherry juice.


Mid-life fitness in women linked to lower dementia risk

The CBS Evening News (3/14, story 10, 1:35, Glor) reported, “A new study out today finds women who are physically fit may be 90 percent less likely to develop dementia.” According to medical contributor Tara Narula, MD, explained that researchers following women in their 40s found that, after testing for fitness levels and the rates of dementia over a period of nearly 40 years, women with the highest levels of fitness “on average developed dementia at a rate of about five percent.”

USA Today (3/14, Weintraub) reports that the study published online March 14 in Neurology revealed that “the few highly fit women who did develop dementia became symptomatic at age 90 on average, 11 years later than the moderately fit,” the study found.

TIME (3/14, Park) reports that in contrast, “women with lower fitness had a 41% higher risk of developing dementia than women with average fitness.”

Turmeric for Prevention of Dementia: Food for Thought, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2018;26:278–279

Hugo Rodier, MD is an integrative physician based in Draper, Utah who specializes in healing chronic disease at the cellular level by blending proper nutrition, lifestyle changes, & allopathic practices when necessary.

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