If you enjoy puzzles such as word and number games, then I’ve got the news you’ve been waiting for today, my friend.
Your favorite hobby is more than just a great way to kill a few minutes as you sip your morning coffee.
Those puzzles could also help to SLOW aging so effectively that it could be like taking a full decade off your brain!
And it can help in one of the best ways possible: Wiping out “senior moments.”
Yes, a word search could help end the word slips. A crossword can stop you from getting crossed up. And number puzzles such as sudoku can keep you from puzzling over forgotten details.
Plus, maybe… just maybe… those same puzzles can do something even more important.
They could help protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
PUZZLES a cure for memory loss?
Now the past few years there’s been a discussion going on about just how valuable puzzles are for our brain health. You may have stumbled across it yourself.
But this latest research finally puts that debate to bed once and for all.
The new study looked at two of the most popular types of puzzles – the kind some people are just plain addicted to.
- word puzzles (like crosswords)
- number puzzles (like sudoku)
Some folks play one or the other. Others play both. But it turns out, it doesn’t matter which one you pick. All that matters is that you engage in one or both.
If you do, the study finds you can SLOW aging in your brain, especially in the key areas of attention and reasoning.
Overall, regularly doing the puzzles will make your brain the equivalent of TEN YEARS YOUNGER as measured by tests of grammatical reasoning.
And on the all-important area of short-term memory, playing word or number games can shave a full EIGHT YEARS of aging off your brain.
The dementia debate
With results like that, it’s not too hard to imagine that these little games just might help fight dementia, also. But so far, the research on that has been… well… puzzling.
Some studies find the games can cut the risk. Others don’t.
But clearly, a younger brain is the right direction. And one critical study found that regularly doing puzzles can DELAY the onset of dementia, often by years.
Researchers are working on getting us more answers. The new study is still going on… right now… to test the long-term effects.
But by the time it’s done, it could be too late to help YOU.
So run your own experiment by doing more puzzles yourself. What have you got to lose?
At worst, it’s a fun way to pass a little time, and you could enjoy the younger brain and sharper memory seen in the new study. And at best, you could keep a step ahead of the brain game and avoid dementia.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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