Scientific research indicates that regular training improves flexibility, memory and attention. Without regular practice, these skills tend to peak in our early twenties, and then go into slow, steady decline as we age. The good news is that keeping your mind active can slow the brain's ageing process. And now there's a simple way to do just that.
Introducing Active Memory - the new personalised brain training program that will help you tune up your memory and sharpen your focus as you play. It uses stimulating games that will improve your memory, flexibility, attention and knowledge, as well as offering tailored strategies and motivational techniques for using your flexibility, memory and attention skills effectively.
Developed in partnership with the University of Melbourne, and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Active Memory turns serious science into fun games.The program records your training progress and offers a program of brain training practice based on your individual needs.
While current scientific research indicates that brain training cannot assist existing medical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, it has been proven to offer some cognitive benefits.
Active Memory is investigating these health benefits, and your participation in the program will help our research. Join in, have a play, and tell us what you think so we can improve the program for all Australians.
A UCLA study has found that high-fructose diets can weaken memory and learning ability.
When the afternoon lag kicks in or the late-night cramming session starts, we tend to reach for the sugery snacks to keep us going. But a 2012 study conducted at UCLA showed that certain types of sugar may not be so good for our brains. According to their research, a diet that's steadily high in fructose can actually slow the brain and hamper memory and learning. Conversely, omega-3 fattty acids could counteract this effect.
The research team studied two groups of rats, each of which consumed fructose solution in their drinking water over six weeks. One group was also given brain -boosting omega-3 fatty acids such as flaxseed oil and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Six weeks later, they found the rats who weren't supplemented with omega-3 had a tougher time navigating and remembering their way through a maze. They were slower than their omega-rich counterparts, and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity, disrupting their ability to think clearly. Interestingly this group also showed signs of resisting insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar and regulates the brain's synaptic function.
Researchers suspect that fructose is to blame for the dysfunction, and point out that eating a high-fructose diet in the long term can impact our brain's ability to learn. The good news? Adding omega-3 fatty acids to our diets can help regulate the damage.
Read UCLA's report here.
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