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By Richard Restak M.D.

A number one neuroscientist and big apple Times-bestselling writer of Mozart's mind and the Fighter Pilot distills the examine at the mind and serves up functional, spectacular, and illuminating suggestions for fending off neurological decline, cognitive functionality, and inspiring smarter pondering everyday. In imagine clever, the well known neuropsychiatrist and bestselling writer Dr. Richard Restak information how every one folks can enhance and tone our body's strongest organ: the mind. As a well known specialist at the mind, Restak is aware that during the final 5 years there were intriguing new medical discoveries in regards to the mind and its functionality. So he is requested his colleagues-many of them the world's prime mind scientists and researchers-one vital query: What am i able to do to aid my mind paintings extra successfully? Their surprising-and remarkably feasible-answers are on the center of imagine clever. Restak combines suggestion culled from state of the art study with brain-tuning workouts to teach how members of any age could make their mind paintings extra successfully. within the related available prose that made Mozart's mind and the Fighter Pilot a brand new York instances bestseller, Restak offers a big selection of functional strategies a couple of number of subject matters, together with the the most important function sleep performs in boosting creativity, the significance of honing sensory reminiscence, and the neuron- firing merits of sure meals. In imagine shrewdpermanent, the "wise, witty, and moral Restak" (says the Smithsonian establishment) deals readers invaluable feedback for struggling with neurological decline that would positioned each reader at the route to construction a more healthy, extra limber mind.

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Antioxidants are chemicals that interrupt oxidation, the process that causes things to decay. A good example of oxidation in action is when the steel beams in a building rust. Oxidation within the body results from the action of free radicals, molecular fragments that contain at least one unpaired or odd electron. Since unpaired electrons are unstable, they attempt to achieve stability by attracting mates: electrons from other atoms or molecules such as cell membranes or the structural components in the interior of the cell.

About twenty years ago food manufacturers started adding trans fat to their processed foods to prolong shelf life and stabilize flavor. Thanks to trans fat, crackers, cookies, and snack foods will stay fresh for years. Once ingested, however, these hydrogenated fats clog arteries in the brain and heart, leading to cognitive decline (memory is especially affected) and heart attacks. The stiffer and harder the fat—which varies directly with the degree of hydrogenation—the greater the artery-clogging effect.

The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables protect against this damage. In the brain the effect on cognitive function is dramatic. In one study, older persons who ate more than two vegetable servings a day performed as well on cognitive tests as people five years younger. Moreover, this slower rate of cognitive decline held up over a six-year follow-up. Although vegetables and fruits are often grouped together as cognitively beneficial, the evidence for cognitive enhancement secondary to increased fruit consumption is less convincing.

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