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The Brain Benefits of Being Bilingual

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  • Bilinguals enjoy enhanced cognitive control abilities, more mental flexibility, and improved handling of tasks involving switching, inhibition and conflict monitoring
  • Bilingual older adults have greater cognitive reserve, a protective mechanism that may make your brain better able to cope with disease
  • Being bilingual appears to help ward off cognitive decline including Alzheimer’s disease

By Dr. Mercola

More than half of the world's population is bilingual or multilingual, which means if you only speak one language, you're in the minority. This isn't the case in the U.S., where only about 1 in 4 Americans speak a second language well enough to hold a conversation.

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