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Reading at any age can act as a brain enhancer.

Reading at any age can act as a brain enhancer.

In past posts, we've discussed how various natural compounds, including omega-3 fatty acids and curcumin, have been shown to act as brain enhancers, facilitating memory retention and even holding the specter of Alzheimer's disease at bay. But, diligently taking brain support supplements and seeking out nutrient-rich foods is not the only way to give your cognitive faculties a boost.

Recently, researchers from Chicago's Rush University Medical Center shed light on another lifestyle choice that can substantially impact brain health over time: Reading. According to a press release from the American Academy of Neurology, scientists recruited 294 older Americans, all of whom were asked to complete various memory-related exams during a six-year period.

In addition, these individuals were asked to provide details about how often they read, wrote and engaged in other mentally stimulating activities both at the time of testing and throughout various stages of their lives.

Ultimately, the scientists found that – after ruling out cognitive decline that could be attributed to neurological signs of dementia – those who read or wrote more frequently in life enjoyed better brain health over the course of the study.

"Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person's lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age," said lead author Robert Wilson.

These activities, paired with regular exercise and balanced nutrition for the brain may boast impressive benefits for long-term memory retention. Click to read more information about our brain support supplements including Brain NRG and Nutrivene Longvida Curcumin Powder.