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Brain Longevity: The Breakthrough Medical Program that Improves Your Mind and Memory Paperback – May 1, 1999
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To be honest, I don't know, but I read the entire 454 pages with interest and mostly approval. Not being a brain scientist myself, nor a doctor of medicine, I can only offer a layman's reaction. Generally speaking, Khalsa sees the brain as another organ in the body that can benefit in the same way that the rest of the body can benefit. He offers the exciting prospect (along with some evidence) that even old people can grow new dendrites, in effect increasing their brain power. Especially interesting to me were his memory tests (that you can take yourself) to determine whether it is likely you are on your way to Alzheimer's or dementia, or just having a bad day.
There are four elements of his "brain longevity program": exercise, nutritional therapy, stress management, and pharmacology.
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain that in turn increases nourishment to the brain and allows for better removal of waste products. Khalsa believes that exercise also increases the supply of the "nerve growth factor" (NGF) hormone to the brain while enhancing neuronal metabolism. (p. 324) He reports that brain cells may die because they do not receive enough NGF. Certainly if one follows a sedentary lifestyle it would not be surprising to learn that with reduced blood flow, the brain becomes undernourished. So exercise--YES!
Okay, what about "nutritional therapy"?Read more ›
The 5 principles of brain longevity are: 1. The brain is flesh and blood; 2.The powers of the brain are virtually limitless; 3. The brain is capable of infinite joy and pleasure; 4. The brain has a plastic quality and can renew itself; 5. Much about the brain remains a mystery.
Part I covers the discovery of brain longevity therapy, Part II explains how the brain works and Part III deals with designing a brain longevity program. This includes the brain longevity diet, nutritional therapy (including the role of vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals like magnesium, selenium and zinc, amino acids like phenylalanine, glutamine, methionine, arginine and tryptophan, substances like co-enzyme Q10 and tonics like gingko biloba, phosphatidyl serine, acetyl-l-carnitine, ginseng, DMAE and green tea.
This section also includes methods of stress management, mind/body exercises and the assessment of the efficacy of various medicines like deprenyl.
Khalsa's book is highly recommended to people who wish to take responsibility for their own health with special emphasis on maintaining the highest levels of cognitive ability. It concludes with a Resources and Referrals section and a thorough index. I also recommend the book Mind Boosters by Ray Sahelian, an examination of natural substances that promote cognitive longevity.
He talked about the physiology of what happens to the body with stress, exercise, sleep and boy, these were enlightening. I started a few months prior to reading this book seeing the effects of stress, exercise, sleep on weight loss and I came to similar conclusions that Singh did. It really helped validate what I had already learned, but he was able to talk about it more scientifically.
The book is well-written. It also talks about what happens to our bodies when we don't manage stress, get enough sleep, get adequate exercise, and if our diets are poor. He goes into the pros/cons here.
He gives ways to develop brain longevity by fixing the prior and supplementation through vitamins/minerals/natural supplements. It's a great insightful book and life changing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The rapid improvement is astonishing. After taking various recommended supplements, I feel the brain regenerating. Read morePublished 1 day ago by ChristineS.
Thanks, Dr.Khalsa.Your book has helped me to understand how the brain works,everyone who wants to stay mentally healthy at any age must read it.Published 3 months ago by Valentina
Everyone needs to read this book. The ever so kind and gracious Doctor Singh gives specific formulas to regain brain health. Read morePublished 12 months ago by jeff
As a 50+ I enjoyed reading all the possibilities ahead to prevent and even revert physical mental illness. Read morePublished 13 months ago by ARTURO
Bought this after having read it a couple years ago (gave away the book to a friend who's mom was experiencing early onset Alzheimer's. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kenny B.