Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Next 9 Foods You Should Eat To Enhance Cognition

I bet these will never get to your diet stroke protocol. It wouldn't do to make you smarter, then you will just ask more embarrassing questions of your doctor that s/he won't know the answer to. I don't think my doctor could answer any question about stroke that wasn't filled with platitudes or gobbledegook.
Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for the vibrant colours in many fruits and vegetables. They may help to enhance cognition.
New research has found that carotenoids can enhance cognition.

The most common carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin are found in animal fats and:
  1. egg yolks,
  2. green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach,
  3. avocados,
  4. carrots,
  5. tomatoes,
  6. paprika,
  7. goji berry,
  8. spirulina
  9. and saffron.
Several studies have found that a diet high in lutein and zeaxanthin supports eye health, improves clarity of vision and lowers the risk of cataract development.
Lutein and zeaxanthin have also been shown to enhance cognitive health, verbal fluency and memory in the elderly.
To explain how levels of these compounds enhance cognition, the research team examined 43 adults between 65 and 86 years old.
Proffessor Stephen Miller, corresponding author of the study, said:
“If you can show that in fact there’s a real mechanism behind this, then you could potentially use these nutritional supplements or changes in diet, and you could easily intervene and potentially improve cognition in older adults.”
Participants’ brains were scanned during a memory task.
The research team measured lutein and zeaxanthin levels in two ways; blood samples and retinal levels in the eye.
The results showed that people with higher levels of lutein and zeaxanthin had lower brain activity to complete the same task.
This suggested their brains were more capable.
Mr Cutter Lindbergh, the study’s first author, said:
“There’s a natural deterioration process that occurs in the brain as people age, but the brain is great at compensating for that.
One way it compensates is by calling on more brain power to get a job done so it can maintain the same level of cognitive performance.
On the surface, it looked like everyone was doing the same thing and recalling the same words, but when you pop the hood and look at what’s actually going on in the brain, there are significant differences related to their carotenoid levels.”
People with higher levels of these carotenoids had lower brain activation, in other words, they used their brains more efficiently.
The researchers point out the importance of changes in dietary habits to lessen cognition decline as we get older.
Mr Lindbergh said:
“It’s in the interest of society to look at ways to buffer these decline processes to prolong functional independence in older adults.
Changing diets or adding supplements to increase lutein and zeaxanthin levels might be one strategy to help with that.”
The study was published in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (Lindbergh et al., 2016).

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