It seems that there are hundreds of studies on reinforcement of mental abilities, and I have research many of them. When I retired, there was a vacuum of intense mental activity that followed. Not that I was a genius, but in the arena of sales and marketing, your mind is always energized monitoring sales efficiencies, new products, prospecting and keep ahead of the competition, only to mention some activities. And then, Wham, leave that environment.! Do and now what?
Oh, Leo operated daily on my former industry and even consulting press releases and business magazines. But, after a while, I admit that my interests were changing and he needed something to help stay mentally active.
Almost every day looking for new information about mental health, not necessarily the clinical part of mental health but more to improve and maintain good mental acuity. I recently read three different studies that are worthy of sharing the information content.
The first report was a study of how the vitamins B12 and B9 (folic acid) supplements affect the brain and mental processing. For years the B-complex vitamins have been used successfully to increase levels of energy of the patient and improve the necessary muscle functions. Many have believed that the B vitamins help to improve memory, attention, and learning. However, in a study at the University of Otago in New Zealand, with adults of 65 years of age, it was reported that this cannot be true.
Previous studies have shown that homocysteine levels become older and to cognitive decline. A regime of vitamins B12, B6, B9 will reduce homocysteine levels. Test this theory researchers in New Zealand found that there was no change in scores of mental tests between the control group and the group with lowered homocysteine levels.
The second study that caught my attention was about the cognitive benefits of chewing gum. Yes, I said a chewing gum. This sounds a bit ridiculous to me, but here's the deal. In the St. Lawrence University students received a program of mental tasks very difficult to meet. These tasks include memory puzzles of logic and number sequences.
The results showed that students who had been given gum significantly exceeded the group control not chewing gum. It didn't matter if the chewing gum was sugar or sugar free. Interestingly, the area that does not protrude the gum-chewers was verbal fluency. Also, it is important to note that the cognitive explosion by gum-chewers lasted only the first 20 minutes of the test.
And finally, a study from the University of Arizona, involving adults over the age of 68 to 91, introduced on the Facebook social networking site. The participants were divided into three groups. The first group was to do a daily post and friendship with others within the group. The second group was daily writes in an online journal, which was private and cannot be shared. The control group said they were on the waiting list, essentially on hold.
The Facebook group had a 25% improvement in mental abilities of update, which is the ability to add or delete content in your memory.
For those of us in retirement if we want to add to our routine daily chewing gum and increase our social media skills along with crossword puzzles and Sudoku. The my friend part bottom line, it is to be physically active and work on improving mental health.