Headstand yoga DOES NOT increase blood flow to the brain, study finds

Researchers from Russia and the U.S. investigated the effects of Sirshasana (headstand) on the flow of blood to the brain. Their findings were published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Most yoga practitioners believe that Sirshasana can increase blood flow to the brain, but this is not consistent with autoregulation of cerebral blood flow.To … Continue reading Headstand yoga DOES NOT increase blood flow to the brain, study finds

Forgotten dreams: REM sleep helps prevent information overload, explain scientists

Dreams are quickly forgotten the moment people wake up. This is likely due to a group of neurons that gets activated during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep – the phase of mammalian slumber when most dreams are made. A recent study published in the journal Science examined the neurons that produce appetite and sleep hormones in mice. Japanese and American … Continue reading Forgotten dreams: REM sleep helps prevent information overload, explain scientists

Feeling tired after enjoying a cup of coffee? You should probably limit your caffeine intake, advise researchers

A lot of people rely on coffee to keep them awake and improve their focus. That’s because coffee contains caffeine, a natural stimulant that’s also found in tea and cacao plants. But if you’re a frequent coffee drinker and notice you’re feeling more tired, you might need to lay off coffee – experts say that caffeine can … Continue reading Feeling tired after enjoying a cup of coffee? You should probably limit your caffeine intake, advise researchers

Study: Over-the-counter drugs can increase your risk of developing dementia

Anticholinergic drugs are prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of conditions. These range from inflammatory lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhea and brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease. Anticholinergic drugs work by blocking a chemical called acetylcholine, which serves as the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. This part … Continue reading Study: Over-the-counter drugs can increase your risk of developing dementia

End nicotine, sugar, or caffeine cravings using these five BRAIN FOOD supplements

Most consumers who indulge themselves with mood-enhancing “treats” like sugar, nicotine, alcohol, or high doses of caffeine, are also paying a price on the back end when the dopamine “crutch” wears off, and they experience what has come to be known as the “chemical hangover.” With the chemical hangover, the only mainstream “relief” for it … Continue reading End nicotine, sugar, or caffeine cravings using these five BRAIN FOOD supplements

Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

A study published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition found that a diet rich in vitamin C, anthocyanidin and flavonoid – nutrients plenty in strawberries – can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease among older people. The researchers from the Rush University Medical Center and Rush Insitute for Health Aging said that participants who ate strawberries more than once a week were 32 percent less likely to develop … Continue reading Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

Scientists develop brain stimulation techniques using light therapy that offer mental health benefits

Current studies on brain science affirm that light can stimulate brain cells (neurons). This general field and technique is called optogenetics and scientists use it to better understand the neural connections, electrical impulses and chemical signals that occur in the brain. In 2019, Shuo Chen, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California in Berkeley received the Science … Continue reading Scientists develop brain stimulation techniques using light therapy that offer mental health benefits

Why is cilantro so good for the brain? Science explains

A study published in the FASEB Journal found that cilantro activates certain potassium channels in the brain which helps prevent seizures. Also known as coriander, cilantro is an herb that is commonly used in traditional medicine. It has anticonvulsant, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties that make it suitable for treating a host of medical conditions, including epileptic seizures. But while its health benefits have been extensively studied, … Continue reading Why is cilantro so good for the brain? Science explains

Coronavirus found to have the ability to infect brain cells, says research

SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, continues to baffle even the most knowledgeable infectious disease experts. To add to the confusion, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine now suggest that the virus can potentially be neurotrophic. In their recent report, which was published in the journal Altex, the team detailed how the Wuhan coronavirus can infect the human brain and even replicate … Continue reading Coronavirus found to have the ability to infect brain cells, says research

Diets rich in fats not only affect your physical appearance — they also affect your brain

A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism found that a high-fat diet can affect the brain by promoting inflammation in the hypothalamus — the part of the brain responsible for regulating appetite and metabolism. To date, only a few studies have linked an unhealthy diet to neurological irregularities. But in their study, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine established a link between the two and highlighted … Continue reading Diets rich in fats not only affect your physical appearance — they also affect your brain