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Let's protect our brain as soon as possible

The "cerebral reserve" Do you know what it is? it's your * air bag *

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It's like with cars: imagine that an accident happens to you while driving.

What will your vehicle do?Immediately, it will release its "airbag", to absorb the shock instead of your body.

Brain reserve is a bit the same.More precisely, it is the ability of our brain to create new neurons and new synaptic connections, in order to compensate for the wear and tear of time and cerebral traumas, which gradually "rust" the mind.

Let's imagine that one area of your brain is declining a little faster than another, or that an accident has caused damage to a corner of your skull.

The neurons will reorganize and develop new connections to plug the breach, “absorb the shock”.The more reserve you have, the less likely you are to suffer from cognitive decline.Even if the beginnings of Alzheimer's are felt, even if the MRI observes worrying signs, your reserve can protect you for years, before marked symptoms appear...

And I have good news: you can boost your brain reserve!And what's more... you can do it while having fun.Earn YEARS of brain reserve…by playing!A recent study, conducted by the team of neuro-epidemiology researcher Arfan Ikram (Erasme Medical Center, Rotterdam, in the Netherlands), proves it.These scientists studied the brains of nearly 40,000 people, from September 2016 to February 2022. The goal was to identify which factors contribute the most to the emergence of Alzheimer's.

And a surprising result: all those who carry out a regular playful activity, soliciting their cognitive faculties, saw their brain in much better condition than the others....Crosswords, Sudokus, board games with friends... your brain reserve is effectively strengthened thanks to these little games!

As Dr. Arfan Ikram explains:"Just as you build muscle through physical activity, you grow your brain through cognitive activity" The more reserve you build up early in life, the more capacity you will have to deal with the damage caused by dementia later.

Of course, you can tell me that all this is known, and that it has been known for a long time that mental exercises are beneficial for the brain.A study had already shown that the simple fact of indulging in crossword puzzles, regularly, slows down the arrival of the first symptoms of cognitive decline... by more than two and a half years!What is less known is that by increasing your brain reserve, you gain years of good cognitive health.And it is important to act BEFORE problems appear."If you already have dementia, brain training won't get you back what you've already lost," as Arfan Ikram says.So you have to SLOW this loss down as much as possible, optimizing what can be optimized.

And the sooner you get started, the better!Too boring, Sudoku? Try serious games!

If you don't like sudokus or crosswords, you might be interested in this alternative: "serious games".

Designed and developed by scientists, these games are tailor-made to boost your brain reserve. (By the way, note that there are also some to train your heart, your sense of balance, your emotions...)A few months ago, a meta-analysis, covering 8 databases of previous research, concluded that "serious games" can significantly improve verbal, non-verbal, long-term and short-term memory. in seniors with the onset of cognitive decline.

It is very easy to obtain them, most are free and accessible on the Internet.Type “Curapy” on Google, and you will come across a “serious games” platform. Then all you have to do is create an account (free), and off you go!

I particularly recommend the game "X-Torp", where you play as a navigator who conducts his trade by going from island to island. It will exercise your memory, concentration and attention, without breaking a sweat either... but just enough to keep your brain healthy!

The same goes for the “MeMo” game, also available on the platform, which will train your memory and attention, but also your perception, your self-control abilities, and even your linguistic resources...All these games have been tested and validated in clinical experiments, by university or related institutes.

Madame Huma tried this application for you and also lumosity, very interesting!Give it a try and let me know what you think!Together against Alzheimer's, (Charles Combaz)

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