May 2018 Vol. 10 Issue 51

Abstracts & Commentary

Greenspace Exposure Improves Cognitive Performance in Children

by Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH  Spending time outdoors has many benefits, including improved memory and concentration. A new study in children uses MRI scans to demonstrate that greenspace exposure also has measurable effects on brain anatomy.

Berry Pigments Help Cognition, Insulin Response, and Cardiovascular Risk in Adults

by Walter Crinnion, ND  Randomized study gives us even more reasons to tout the benefits of blueberries. They may be especially beneficial for older adults and those at risk for diabetes.

Gut Bacteria, Sleep, and Brain Health

by Kelsey Asplin, ND  Preliminary study provides an interesting albeit insufficient look at the relationships between the gut microbiota, sleep, and cognition.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Beyond Brain Damage

by Jill Crista, ND  A fascinating review article describes in detail the many downstream effects of endocrine damage caused by traumatic brain injury, effects that manifest themselves in symptoms that may not be recognized as a consequence of brain trauma.


A Proactive Approach to Reducing Dementia Risk: Maintaining a Healthy Brain Today, Tomorrow, and Years to Come

by Natural Medicine Journal In this interview, naturopathic physician Carrie Decker, ND, describes some of the actions she takes with patients to help reduce the risk of developing dementia and cognitive decline. Her integrative approach includes nutritional and lifestyle assessment, assessment for common risk factors or other potential exposures, and nutritional supplementation to meet her patients individual needs.

Enhancing Cognition with Citicoline

by Natural Medicine Journal Natural Medicine Journal's publisher interviews Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD, and Perry Renshaw, MD, PhD, about the research they are conducting at The University of Utah in the Neuroscience Department. They specifically describe research associated with the safety and efficacy of supplemental citicoline, as well as evaluate emerging research in this area.