How to keep infections from destroying your brain

April 02, 2013
Volume 10    |   Issue 14

Did you know that certain infections can attack your brain and cause your memory to decline? In fact, they can significantly decrease your ability to think clearly. Fortunately, there are a couple of easy things you can do to protect yourself.

Researchers recently published their findings in the prestigious journal Neurology. The researchers looked at 1,625 older adults. The average age was 69 years. They found that those with infections like herpes simplex and other viruses and bacteria didn’t score as well on standard mental skills tests.

The researchers admitted that their findings didn’t prove the infections were to blame for the differences. But they did say there appears to be a connection. That’s because the greater the burden of infections, the worse they performed on the tests.

However, the researchers found that one thing protected these patients – and it protected them no matter how bad their infection load was. What was that one thing?

Study author Mira Katan, MD, with the Northern Manhattan Study at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, explains. She said, “We found the link was greater among women, those with lower levels of education and Medicaid or no health insurance, and most prominently, in people who do not exercise.”

So if you know you have infections, such as herpes, make sure you’re getting some exercise. It could protect your brain from the infection and keep your mind healthy and sharp. But don’t stop there. Make sure you’re taking other steps to protect your memory. Start by boosting your immune system with a healthful diet and a multivitamin.

Then make sure you’re taking nutrients like those in Advanced Memory Formula to specifically protect your memory. Taking these simple steps will help fight off any attack on your brain from these infections.

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"Infectious burden and cognitive function" Mira Katan, MD, Yeseon Park Moon, MS, Myunghee Cho Paik, PhD, Ralph L. Sacco, MD, MS, Clinton B. Wright, MD and Mitchell S.V. Elkind, MD, MS. Neurology, March 2013, doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182896e79

Kelly Fitzgerald. (2013, March 26). "Cold Sores Could Lead To Increased Cognitive Problems." Medical News Today. Retrieved from

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