How your skin colour is linked to your mental health

You probably associate vitamin D with bone health, but that’s just a fraction of the picture. There are receptor sites for this vitamin throughout the brain and deficiency is associated with a range of neurological disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, dementia (including Alzheimer’s) and Parkinson’s disease.

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Alcohol: the bad news followed by the surprisingly good news

The demon drink poses a devil of a conundrum. Good doc says alcohol is medicine, and a shot of brandy or whisky will calm nerves, alleviate shock and provide a tonic when under the weather. Self-medication seems a responsible approach. Bad doc says alcohol is poison and causes disease and even death. Temperance is the truth and the way.

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How eating more fat can improve your memory

The dry weight of the brain is 60% fat. It’s all there: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. There’s also a good deal of cholesterol, a fat-like substance. As well as forming part of the structure of the brain, and providing fuel, these fats play a role in maintaining memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

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How to stop Alzheimer’s before it begins

There is a mistaken but widespread belief that we are all helpless victims of cruel fate and random DNA, marching through our lives towards a preordained conclusion. Instead, the evidence suggests that developing dementia is largely a matter of what you eat and drink. Here are four dietary changes you can make now that can play a significant role in maintaining the health of the ageing brain.

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The Health Benefits of Coconut: Facts or Fraud?

Many extraordinary claims are made for the therapeutic effects of the coconut. And it looks like many of them are justified. With its exceptional oil, water, and medium chain fats, the coconut is the food of kings. It doesn’t taste bad either.

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How to fight depression with vitamin D

Vitamin D is usually associated with bone health, but it also plays an important role in brain development — there are receptor sites for this vitamin throughout the brain. A whole spectrum of neurological disorders have been linked to lack of vitamin D, including depression.

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Why you need cholesterol for your mental health

Cholesterol is a significant component of the brain, where it plays a crucial role in healthy cognitive function, and protects against damage. Studies show that high cholesterol in elderly people is associated with better cognitive function. Because fat-soluble statins are able to cross into the brain and remove cholesterol, they may contribute to dementia, including Alzheimer’s.

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