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Is Cognitive Training the Answer for Dementia?

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  • The first ever randomized controlled trial to demonstrate an intervention effective at reducing dementia risk found a brain exercise program targeting processing speed lowered the risk of dementia by 29 percent over the course of 10 years
  • Participants who received memory training or reasoning training did not experience the same beneficial results. The benefit really appears to be limited to training that targets processing speed. The study has distinct limitations though, and needs to be replicated
  • While cognitive training may be helpful, to avoid dementia, you also need to implement more foundational prevention strategies such as diet, exercise, sun exposure and electromagnetic field (EMF) avoidance
  • Lifestyle strategies shown to promote neurogenesis include exercise, calorie restriction, nutritional ketosis, mnemonic devices and sleep. Helpful nutrients include omega-3 fats, astaxanthin, vitamin D and choline
  • Photobiomodulation offers new hope for dementia patients. It also appears to be a powerful preventive strategy. Avoiding EMF exposure is also important, as microwave radiation clearly raises your risk of Alzheimer’s

By Dr. Mercola

Could computer-based cognitive training reduce your risk for dementia? According to recent research, it might. The study, said to be the first ever randomized controlled trial to demonstrate an intervention effective at reducing dementia risk, found a specially developed brain exercise program lowered the risk by 29 percent over the course of 10 years.


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