3+1 = 10.
It’s strange math, for sure. But that’s precisely what researchers at the Duke University Medical Centre say the Longevity Equation does.
And the 10 is the most exciting part of the formula. Because it represents turning back the hands of time.
According to the scientists when you combine moderate exercise three times a week with one healthy diet, you can shave at least a decade off your brain age!
And don’t worry the Longevity Equation DOESN’T require spending hours pumping iron and doing push-ups at the gym.
In fact, a brisk walk, taking the bike out for a spin, or swimming laps can do it.
I’ll explain how in just a moment. But first, let’s take a closer look at the Duke study.
Simple formula for better brain function
According to the recent study, if you’re an older adult and you’re starting to worry about your cognitive skills you can relax. Because in just six months from now you could wake up with a brain age which is nearly 10 years younger than it is today.
And best of all, when you use the simple Longevity Equation getting that better brain will be a breeze.
For the randomized trial, the Duke scientists recruited a group of older adults who had perfected their couch-potato skills. With an average age of 65, all of the volunteers had either high blood pressure or other heart risks.
And while none of the participants had dementia, they all were starting to suffer from those senior moments we all dread.
In other words, they were having a little trouble with things like concentrating, planning, and decision-making.
Can diet or exercise stop cognitive decline?
At the start of the study, the volunteers took a variety of tests to measure their cognitive skills. And despite having an average age of 65, the group’s brain age was around 93. They were showing signs of cognitive decline.
They also took a treadmill stress test to evaluate their fitness and heart health. And each participant had a dietary assessment to find out what his or her eating habits were like before starting the study.
Next, the researchers randomly assigned all of the volunteers to one of four groups.
Healthy diet group: These folks started eating a heart-healthy diet which slashed garbage fats, junk salts, and sweets from the menu. They filled up on more fresh veggies, fruits, and whole grains instead. But they weren’t encouraged to exercise.
Exercise group: The second group wasn’t encouraged to diet. But they started on a regular moderate exercise program. Three days a week, they did a 10-minute warm-up followed by 35 minutes of walking or cycling.
Healthy diet & exercise group: These folks doubled up on the healthy changes. They combined both the heart-healthy diet and the easy, three day a week exercise program.
Control “couch potato” group: The final group got a 30-minute phone call from a health educator. They got advice about reducing their heart risk, but they were told to stick to their current diet and exercise routine during the six-month study.
6 months away from a BETTER brain
After six months, it was clear.
The key to a younger brain age isn’t some expensive drug. And it’s not some new-fangled gene therapy or brain training, either.
It starts with the first part of the Longevity Equation… getting OFF the couch.
The exercise group saw BIG advancements in their brain power. They had significantly more improvements in their executive functioning skills than the group which didn’t exercise.
I’ve written to you about executive function, before. That’s what scientists call the ability to use what you know to reason, plan, organize, and complete tasks. And it’s the part of your brain that helps keep you living an independent life.
The folks who changed their diet alone also had some improvements in their thinking skills. But not quite enough to be considered significant.
Take a DECADE off your brain age
As you may have guessed, the combo group did the best of all.
The folks who followed the Longevity Equation… combining three days a week of moderate exercise with a heart-healthy diet… blew the rest of the groups out of the water.
In fact, the combo group measured an average mental age of less than 84. Meaning they had reversed the clock on their brain age by nearly 10 YEARS in just half a year.
Six months isn’t long enough to see a measurable bump in regular memory, of course. But if you stick to the Longevity Equation, the researchers believe you’ll see improvements in those measurements too.
Refuse to act your BRAIN age. Start turning back the clock starting TODAY.
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