Defend Yourself Against Memory Loss
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Defend Yourself Against Memory Loss

If you're a fan of dynamic duos -- Batman and Robin, peanut butter and bananas, Roizen and Oz -- here's a new pair your brain will love: exercise and less salt. This team can slash the fuzzy thinking and memory lapses that come with extra birthdays by (get this) two-thirds or more.

A big reason is how good this pair is for your arteries. It keeps 'em flexible and clog-free, and protects against high blood pressure. That's great. But did you know that healthy arteries are at least as important for your brain? They're its fuel lines, constantly delivering the oxygen and blood sugar your grey matter gobbles up -- fully 20 to 25% of what's in your bloodstream. That fuel supply is what keeps your brain humming and you able to balance your checkbook, follow crazy plot twists in the new Sandra Brown thriller, and remember your grandkids' parakeet's name.

Take that as extra motivation to do your daily 30-minute walk instead of surfing the Web for another half-hour, and to grab a handful of cherry tomatoes instead of salty tortilla chips when you get back.

Check out Dr. Robin Miller's tip to boost your walks.

Don't stop there. Turning this dynamic duo into a terrific trio is even better. Give your brain a regular dose of omega-3s from salmon, trout, walnuts, canola oil, and algae-based omega-3 capsules. Omega-3s not only guard against memory decline, they even protect against brain damage after a stroke. Wow. Aim for 900 mg every day of DHA, the omega-3 your body likes best. That's what this dynamic duo takes!

Exercise your brain with this word game.