I love the new Brain Training game ads with Nicole Kidman. In them, Nicole is seen doing various exercises on the Nintendo DS Lite using the Kawashima Advanced Brain Training game. The games are based on research done by Dr Ryuta Kawashima. He says that the brain is like any other muscle of the body and needs to be exercised every day to keep it in shape. Apparently doing some simple maths or memory exercises every day increases blood flow to the brain, helps memory and improves thinking capacity. This is particularly important for older people to help avoid Alzheimers and dementia. As someone who loves crosswords and suduko puzzles, I'm looking forward to getting one of the new games myself.
Meanwhile new research from the U.S. shows that blueberries may hold the key to fighting Alzheimers. Apparently tests on lab rats showed that the blueberries anti-oxidant properties slowed down the loss of brain cells. A good reason to eat some blueberries!