Vitamin D and the Brain

vitamin D

We have long known the connection between vitamin D and mental health, however, new research may have found that the reason vitamin D deficiency affects learning and memory may be due to its effect on PNNs. Perineuronal nets (PNNs), specialized extracellular matrix structures in the brain, act like a scaffolding that wraps around certain neurons, ensuring good…

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Keeping Your Brain Fit: A Practical Guide

Keeping Your Brain Fit

Study after study shows that physical activity, diet, and other lifestyle factors keep the brain healthy as we age—contrary to the popular notion that cognitive function inevitably declines in the later years of life. Admittedly, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias pose serious health risks. Alzheimer’s is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans over 65, and the…

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