Sunday, October 4, 2020

What is protein and which foods highest in protein ?

 

What Is Protein?


Protein is essential part of the human diet. It’s found in variety of foods like eggs, dairy, seafood’s, Meats and seeds. Regardless of the source the protein that gets broken down and reformed into new proteins in our bodies. These proteins do everything from fighting infections to helping cells divide. Protein is a chain of amino acids bound to one another by peptide bonds like a string of beats. These strings gets twisted and folded into a final protein shape.

 When we eat proteins, it gets broken down into its individual amino acids. Most amino acids have a central carbon atom bonded to one amino or nitrogen containing group. That is why its called an amino acid. Protein is a macro-nutrient that is found mainly in animal products.

Protein The Nutrition Source for Healthy Lifestyle of Human

In general, animal based protein foods like eggs, seafood’s, and meat provide all nine type of essential amino acids to humans in adequate amounts. Most of the proteins are really become the best source of nutrition for healthy lifestyle of humans. Most of the plant foods including whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds have high amounts of amino acids. Those plant proteins also the nutrition source for humans.

   Generally comparing to both the type of protein the animal based proteins have more source of nutrition than plant based protein to generation of amino acids. Not all plant foods are low in the same. Protein is found throughout the body—in muscle, bone, skin, hair, and virtually every other body part or tissue. It makes up the enzymes that power many chemical reactions and the hemoglobin that carries oxygen in your blood. At least 10,000 different proteins make you what you are and keep you that way.

Compare to all above parts of protein we conclude that all types of proteins are essential for healthy lifestyle of human.

Delicious High Protein Foods

It's easy to understand the excitement. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. The Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for protein is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men.
So here is a list of delicious foods that are high in protein.
      Eggs
Whole eggs are among the healthiest and most nutritious foods available.
1)      It is good for our hair, eyes and skin.
2)      Its help in weight loss.
3)      Eating eggs can increase your stamina.

4)      One hard boiled egg contain calorie 78g, Fat 5.3g, Carbs-0.6 gm, and protein-6.3 gm which is really beneficial for building muscles of human.

 

 Almond

Almonds are a popular type of tree nut.
1)      Almonds have been popular in the diets of ancient Indians and Egyptians.
2)      This nut is a very healthy snack as it contains many minerals and vitamins that you need.
3)      They are rich in Magnesium, Vitamin B, Protein and Amino Acids.
4)      Almonds can even prevent some types of cancer.
5)      Almonds are very beneficial when it comes to losing weight.
6)      The vitamin B that Almonds contain keeps your metabolism healthy.

7)      Almonds contain amino acids and oils which help your brain maintain concentration.

Chicken Breast
Chicken breast is one of the most popular protein-rich foods. Chicken breasts are included in many popular eating plans especially when they are designed for weight loss and muscle building.
1)     Its high protein, low-carbohydrate works well in diet.
2)     Many customers are preferred to eating 8 OZ chicken breast for consuming a 60grams of protein.
3)     Almost 80 percent of the calories come from 8 OZ of the chicken breast.
4)     However when your body doing exercises of muscles in a day then it requires 20 percent of calories which given by chicken breasts.

5)     One roasted chicken breast without skin contains 53 grams and only 284 calories.

Milk
Milk contains a little of nearly every nutrient that your body needs.
It’s a good source of high quality protein, and it’s high in calcium, phosphorus, and riboflavin (vitamin B2).
If you are concerned about your fat intake, low or zero fat milk is an option.
 There are three types of milk which is essential to human being as per their body structure.  

1)      Whole Milk- Whole milk type of milk contains high fats. Whole milk contain constituent of calorie 149, Fat-7.9 gm, protein-7.7 gm and carbohydrate 11.7 gm. Persons those are weak which requires whole milk for strengthens their muscle.
 
2)      Low Fat Milk- Low fat milk contains constituent of calorie-122, Fat-4.8 gm, protein 8.1gm and carbohydrate-11.7 gm.
 
3)      Skim Milk- Skim milk contains less fat than other two types of milk. Skim milk contains constituent of calorie-83, Fat 0.2 gm, protein 8.3 gm and carbohydrate-12.2 gm. The skim milk beneficial for the person which needs low fat and high carbohydrate.

  All those milk types are contain above constituents as per one whole glass.

PEAS
Peas also a essential part of health management. There are several benefits of peas for best health management.
1)      Peas are low fat but high everything else. A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micro nutrients.
2)      Peas contain high amounts of a health protective poly phenol called coumestrol.
3)      A study in Mexico city determined you only need 2 milligrams per day of this phytonutrient to prevent stomach cancer a cup of peas at least 10.
4)      Anti-aging, strong Immune system and high energy.

All above mentioned foods are really essential for healthy life of human being. Those all foods are essential for today’s stressful life to make sustain easier.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

DEPRESSION

 

                                           


First we need to understand what depression is. What are the causes, symptoms, and then we talk about its treatments. There are some hidden signs of depression that are worth knowing about. Some of these signs may not look like they are symptoms of depression; they might seem like something else. Maybe you aren’t 100% sure what to look out for when it comes to low mood and depression?

Definition of depression

Depression is a mental health disorder (a type of mood disorder) characterized by persistently depressed or low mood or a complete loss of interest in activities causing significant impairment in daily activities.

Most of us will experience feelings of sadness in our lives. Feeling negative about life is a normal part because we all face situations like unemployment, divorce, excessive stress during work, etc. Depression is a mental health condition that can affect your overall well-being, including your physical health.

 

Types of depression

According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM – V), currently there are 9 distinct types of depression.

Major depression: 

Major depression is the most common type of depression. in this type you feel depressed most of the time for most days of the week. Thought of suicide, feeling guilty, loss of interest in your activities these are some causes of major depression.

Persistent depressive disorder

Persistent depressive disorder is also dysthymia. It is characterized by a persistent low mood occurring for at least two years or more. Sadness, lack of interest, guilt, anger, insomnia these are the symptoms of dysthymia.

Atypical depression:

It is a subtype of major depression or dysthymic disorder .it can be a "specified” either major depression or dysthymic disorder. It is characterized by heaviness in the limbs, irritability, relationship issues, oversleeping and overeating.

Bipolar depression: 

 Bipolar depression is also known as manic depressive disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

Psychotic Depression

Psychotic depression is a subtype of major depression that occurs when a severe depressive illness includes some form of psychosis. Psychotic depression episodes are characterized by depressive episodes with hallucinations, delusions, and being catatonic. 

Postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a lot more powerful and lasts longer. It follows about 15 percent of births, in first-time moms and those who’ve given birth before. Some mothers experience postpartum depression for several months after giving birth.

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder:                                                                                            Premenstrual Dysphoric disorder occurs in the second half of the menstrual cycle, affecting the person’s ability to function normally.

Situational Depression:                                                                          Situational depression is a form of depression that’s triggered by a life-changing, sometimes unexpected, event, such as death of a close family member or losing a job.

 

 Symptoms of Depression

The most common mental health concerns are related to depression. These are often experienced as complex disorders that include both mental and physical symptoms and challenges functioning in everyday life. Symptoms of depression are as follows.

Ø A persistent sad mood

Ø Feeling of hopelessness

Ø Decreased energy and tiredness

Ø Insomnia or oversleeping

Ø Feelings of guilt and worthlessness

Ø Loss of interest in pleasurable activities

Ø Difficulty concentrating and making decisions 

 

Treatments:

In medical science there are lots of therapies, medication, and medical procedure available for depression; but we are taking about some natural way to tackle depression, like “yoga” and “Meditation”. Can “yoga” really help with depression the answer is yes?

 

 Yoga helps in depression

For many years now, yoga has been studied as a potential treatment for depression. Numerous studies have been conducted, and the results have overwhelmingly supported yoga for depression symptom relief. Currently, yoga is considered a valuable complementary approach. This means it hasn’t been proven to be a replacement for traditional treatments (such as medication and therapy), but it’s recommended as an adjunct.

Yoga’s Powerful Recipe for Depression Relief .Beyond medication and therapy, research shows a number of lifestyle adjustments and activities can prevent and/or alleviate depression.

 

The 3 gunas that help us to get out into depression

The three gunas are energy states that each supports certain aspects of our life. When these energies are in balance and being accessed when they’re most useful and healthy, you feel great. You’re in harmony. But, when they’re out of balance, you feel disturbed in telltale ways.

Sattva 

The sattvic state is the goal of yoga. It’s the fundamental force that brings about clarity, truth, peace, contentment, and life-affirming joy. Yoga helps us access sattva energy, which is a big reason why yoga is so good for depression.

Rajas

The rajasic state is one of activity, movement, and exertion of one’s will, passion, and desire. It’s a force of change. When balanced, rajas is useful for accomplishing our goals, doing the work we need to do to sustain life, and having the motivation to exert force in a new or different direction to affect change.

Tamas

     Tamas is the energy of rest and inaction. You can think of it like your parasympathetic nervous system, the part of your nervous system that calms you down and enables you to relax and sleep. Obviously, we need this force to slow down, stop, and restore ourselves.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Stress is Bad or Good For Health?

               What is stress?



Stress is an emotions of a human body means there are different things on human mind. Different thinking’s and works affect on human body. People think more in today’s world and generates stress on their body. There are different ways to generate stress on human’s body. But also there is a solution for that stress. Stress affects for human being both physically and emotionally.

Causes of Stress in Healthy Lifestyle:

  Feeling of stress in human’s healthy life are normally triggered by things happening in their life.
Sometimes stress can comes from inside rather than outside. When we encounter stress, our body is stimulated to produce stress hormones that trigger a fight. Some people may feel overwhelmed and struggle to cope, which can impact their behavior as well.

·         Being unhappy in your job.
·         Human work under dangerous conditions.
·         Facing harassment at business work.
·         Financial problems in human life.
·         Taking care of sick child baby and also wife.
·         When you come from long distance trip.
·         Daily facing of road traffic conditions when coming to job.
·         Seeing of dangerous news on TV like earth crack, accidents of buses and accidents of                   train.
·         Health Concerns.
·         Family responsibilities.
 
Human can’t imagine how stress happen and where it can happen. Major stress happens in human’s healthy life due to their too much expectation for earning more money and high living lifestyle. If we avoid that things then too much stress will reduce in future.


 When Stress Is Actually Good for You?

Stress is not good for human body because stress affects on some people who creates various diseases and symptoms on human body.

Due to stress following diseases generates on human body:
1.       High blood pressure.
2.       Big hair loss problems due to overthinking.
3.       Increases heart pumping rate.
4.       Increases muscle pain problems in human body.
5.       Stress causes depression.

But in some cases stress may helpful for human body. It creates constant focused mind and make any type of human work done successful. Because due to stress our brain receives signal fastly and gives feedback fastly. After completing fast work of humans it reduces to much fear in human mind. When the brain perceives some kind of stress, it starts flooding the body with chemicals like epinephrine, nor-epinephrine and cortisol. For humans healthy life short term stress is useful rather than long term stress.

Stress: Ways to Manage and Reduce It in human

There are different ways to manage the stress. Stress can be reduced by keeping healthy food and diet with also taking 7-8 hours of sleep daily. Complete and well sufficient sleep generates proper blood flow in human body and reduces stress. Healthy food and diet increases more proteins in human body and increases immunity of human body with decrease the stress. Because due to stress most of people eat less amount of food and gets weaken their immunity.

In today’s worst situation in job work timing creates more stress on most of the people. So don’t think continuously in work and take relaxation after 40 minutes of work. Continuous work in job causes also more depression in many of peoples.

Stress can be managed by making time for your hobbies. Also take long breathing to avoid the stress. Sufficient exercise in a days getting relaxation of muscles and help to reduce work stress of human being. Exercise makes less burden on human being and makes healthy mind of people. For making healthy lifestyle and life is without stress then exercise done is must for people.


 The Stress-Depression Connection affects humans Healthy Life?

The stress and depression are interconnection for many of things. Stress creates depression in person in major cases. For example suppose some persons are newly hired by companies that persons causes to much stress at their earlier work days. Due to that stress some peoples going under depression. In today’s world more peoples getting stressed due to travelling in buses and more burden on their mind that how to reach at their work destination at right time. Due to this more burden causes depression on their mind. Healthy mind of peoples getting disturbed due to stress and depression affects their healthy life.

  The connection between stress and depression is complex and circular. When you start up your new business and at the time of handling it getting more stressed to any kind of people. New business start-up for any people causes stress and even if they cannot handle successfully then it’s gone in depression also. Though in many situation stress and depression come in together but for healthy mind and healthy lifestyle it can be reduced also by many ways. People who are stressed often neglect healthy lifestyle practices.

 Stress is good if it motivates you but it’s bad if it wears you down. Depression causes powerful mood changes such as painful sadness and despair. Stress and depression can be affect you in similar ways but there are key differences.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

AYURVEDA- SCIENCE OF LIFE

 


What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a whole medical system that is based on various theories about health and illness and on ways to prevent, manage, or treat health problems. The aim in Ayurveda is to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit. This is believed to help prevent illness and promote wellness. Ayurveda also has treatments for specific health problems.

Ayurveda is based on ideas from Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and largest religions, and ancient Persian beliefs. In India, Ayurveda has long been the main system of health care, although conventional (Western) medicine is becoming more common there, especially in urban areas. Ayurveda and variations of it have been practiced for centuries in some other countries as well.

Ayurvedic medicine, also called Ayurveda, is a whole medical systemthat began in India and has evolved there over thousands of years. The word Ayurveda is made up of two Sanskrit words--ayur, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge. Thus, the word Ayurveda means "the science of life."

In the United States, Ayurveda is considered complementary and alternative medicine. Many therapies used in Ayurveda are also used on their own as CAM, such as herbs, massage, and yoga. NCCAM is supporting some research studies on Ayurvedic therapies.

Research

In India, research in Ayurveda is undertaken by the Ministry of AYUSH, an abbreviation for the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, through a national network of research institutes.


Concepts of Ayurveda

Ayurveda is dealt with in more detail because it has influenced the other Asian systems of medicine and remains the philosophical base for them. It is becoming increasingly popular in the West, although the term ‘Ayurveda’ is often misused. For example, recent newspaper headlines in the US included statements such as:

Ayurveda continues to grow rapidly as one of the most important systems of mind–body medicine, natural healing and traditional medicine as the need for natural therapies, disease prevention and a more spiritual approach to life becomes ever more important in this ecological age.

Before going on to calculate the success of this ‘eco-friendly science’ in material terms—in 2007 the ‘global herbal market’ was worth US$120 billion, with Ayurvedic treatments and products accounting for 50% of the total. There can be no argument about the increasing popularity of Ayurveda—clinics and treatment centres exist thousands of miles from India, and the term ‘Ayurvedic tourism’ is now recognized in many holiday resorts. Unfortunately, the high-class beauty and pampering packages offered in such places are centuries away from the ‘real’ Ayurveda, and disappoint professional vaids, who consider the use of a holistic system of medicine, meant to diagnose and treat a whole person, being reduced to superficial treatments intended to focus on a single part of the body as a travesty.

 

Prana is known as the ‘life energy’ and activates both the body and mind in Ayurvedic medicinal systems. It is contained in the head and controls the main functions of the mind, including emotions, memory and thought. Additionally, prana kindles the bodily fire ‘Agni’ and therefore controls the function of the heart and, via the bloodstream, other vital organs (dhatus).

Bhutas are the five basic elements of Ayurveda—ether (or space), air, fire, water and earth. They are seen as manifestations of energy and can be equated to the five senses of hearing, vision, touch, taste and smell. In turn, these senses are associated with a particular sense organ (or organs) of the body, which impact on other ‘organs of activity’ and result in actions being carried out by the body. 

Tridosha are the three humours or basic forces that manifest in the human body. They are formed from the five bhutas and are known as vata, pitta and kapha. The tridosha govern all functions of the body and mind and, by understanding the relationship between them, a vaid may make a diagnosis of the disease affecting a patient.

It should be noted the tridosha govern basic human emotions such as fear, anger and greed, and are involved in more complex emotions such as empathy, compassion and love. It is thought that when the tridosha are in equilibrium, the body and mind are healthy and a sense of well-being exists within a person.

Prakruti is a description of the human constitution—the ‘type’ of person you are. It is believed the individual's prakruti is determined by the parents' prakruti at the time of conception. A vaid can analyse a patient's constitution by looking at how his or her tridosha combine. Most people are a combination of dosha elements, and can be described as vata-pitta or pitta-kapha for instance. 

As well as the vata, pitta and kapha type of personalities, three attributes provide the basis for distinctions in human temperament, individual differences and psychological and moral dispositions. These basic attributes are satva, rajas and tamas. In brief, satva expresses essence, understanding, purity, clarity, compassion and love; rajas describes movement, aggressiveness and extroversion; and tamas manifests in ignorance, inertia, heaviness and dullness.

Agni is known as the ‘digestive fire’ and governs metabolic processes. It is essentially pitta in nature. Agni can become impaired by an imbalance in the tridosha and therefore affect metabolism. In these circumstances, food will not be digested or absorbed properly, and toxins will be produced in the intestines and may find their way into the circulation.

Ama are the waste products of the body—faeces, urine and sweat—and are the root cause of disease. Their appearance and properties can give many indications of the state of the tridosha and therefore health. For example, a patient suffering from a pitta disorder, such as fever or jaundice, may have dark urine. Additionally, substances such as coffee and tea, which stimulate urination, also aggravate pitta and render the urine dark yellow. If a patient has overactive ama production, the overcombustion of nutrients may occur, leading to vata disorders and emaciation (e.g. overactive thyroid).

Dhatus are the seven tissues or organs of which the human body is composed. Therefore any imbalance in the tridosha directly affects the dhatus. Dhatus are those substances that are retained in the body and always rejuvenated or replenished. The dhatus do not correspond to our definition of anatomy, but are more a tissue type than an individual organ.

Gunas Charaka, author of the Charaka Samhita, wrote that all material, both organic and inorganic, as well as thought and action, have ‘attributes’—qualities that contain potential energy, while the actions with which they are associated express kinetic energy. This is possibly the first reference to the concept of potential and kinetic energy. Vata, pitta and kapha each have their own attributes, and substances having similar attributes will tend to aggravate the related bodily humour. 

 

 

Ayurvedic Treatment :

In working with patients, an Ayurvedic practitioner uses various techniques, including questioning, observation, touch, advising, a treatment plan, and specific therapies. Patients are expected to be active participants in their treatment, because changes in diet, lifestyle, and habits are often required.

The goals of Ayurvedic treatment are to:

·         Eliminate impurities. A process called panchakarma focuses on the digestive tract and the respiratory system.
·         Reduce symptoms. The practitioner may suggest treatment options such as:
o    Yoga
o    Stretching
o    Breathing exercises
o    Meditation
o    Herbs
o    Specific foods and diets
o    Tiny amounts of metal and/or mineral preparations
o    Hands-on therapy (such as massage of "vital points")
o    Lying in the sun
·     Reduce worry and increase harmony in one's life.
·     Help eliminate physical and psychological problems.

 

Practice in the United States

Practitioners of Ayurveda in the United States have various types of training. Some are trained in the Western medical tradition (such as medical or nursing school) and others in a whole medical system called naturopathic medicine, before or after they study Ayurveda. Many learn at one of India's many colleges for Ayurveda. Practitioners may differ as to which aspects of Ayurvedic practice they are trained in (for example, being trained in massage but not in preparing herbal treatments, and vice versa).

The United States does not have a national standard for certifying or training Ayurvedic practitioners. Some Ayurvedic professional organizations are collaborating to develop licensing requirements. Consumers should know that not all practitioners who offer services or treatments that are called "Ayurvedic" have been trained in an Ayurvedic medical school. (Services in spas and salons often fall into this category.) It is important to ask about a practitioner's training and experience.

Powerful Ayurveda Herbs and Health Benefits

·         Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine. It aims to preserve health and wellness by keeping the mind, body, and spirit in balance and preventing disease rather than treating it.
·         To do so, it employs a holistic approach that combines diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
·         Ayurvedic herbs and spices are also an important component of this approach. They’re thought to protect your body from disease and offer a variety of health benefits, including improved digestion and mental health.
·         Here are Ayurvedic herbs and spices with science-backed health benefits.

1. Ashwagandha

·         Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a small woody plant native to India and North Africa. Its root and berries are used to produce a very popular Ayurvedic remedy.
·         It’s considered an adaptogen, which means that it’s believed to help your body manage stress more effectively. Research has shown that it reduces levels of cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce in response to stress.
·         In several studies, ashwagandha has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.
·         There’s also evidence linking ashwagandha to lower levels of anxiety and improved sleep in people with stress and anxiety disorders.
·         Ashwagandha contains chemicals that might help calm the brain, reduce swelling (inflammation), lower blood pressure, and alter the immune system.
·         Moreover, research shows that ashwagandha may enhance muscle growth, memory, and male fertility, as well as lower blood sugar levels. However, larger studies are needed to confirm these benefits.
·         Finally, there’s evidence that it may help reduce inflammation and boost your immune system, though more studies are needed.

2. Boswellia

·         Boswellia, also known as Indian frankincense or olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia serrata tree. It’s known for its easily recognizable spicy, woody aroma.
·         Research suggests that taking boswellia 800 mg daily after a meal improves levels of blood sugar and cholesterol in patients with type 2 diabetes.
·         In test-tube and animal studies, boswellia appears to be as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), yet with fewer side effects.
·         Boswellia is applied to the skin to tone the skin and decrease wrinkles. It is also used to reduce skin damage caused during radiation treatments for cancer.
·         Human studies link boswellia to reduced pain, improved mobility, and a greater range of movement in people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It may also help prevent oral infections and fight gingivitis
·         Moreover, it may improve digestion in people with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, as well as breathing in people with chronic asthma.

3. Triphala

·         Triphala is an Ayurvedic remedy consisting of the following three small medicinal fruits
·         amla (Emblica officinalis, or Indian gooseberry)
·         bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica)
·         haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
·         Test-tube and animal studies show that triphala may reduce inflammation caused by arthritis, as well as prevent or limit the growth of certain types of cancer.
·         One of the major reasons responsible for dental problems is plaque build-up. Dental plaque can result in cavities and gum diseases. One of the best ways of keeping dental problems at bay is regular consumption of triphala. The antimicrobial properties of this herb can help you fight oxidative stress better than commercial toothpastes.
·         It may also function as a natural laxative, reducing constipation, abdominal pain, and flatulence while improving the frequency and consistency of bowel movements in people with gut disorders.In addition, a limited number of studies suggest that a mouthwash containing triphala may reduce plaque build-up, decrease gum inflammation, and prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

4. Brahmi

·         Brahmi (Bacopa monieri) is a staple herb in Ayurvedic medicine.
·         According to test-tube and animal studies, brahmi appears to have strong anti-inflammatory properties that are as effective as common NSAIDs.
·         Studies also link it to improvements in learning rates, attention, memory, and information processing, as well as reduced symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as inattention, impulsivity, poor self-control, and restlessness.
·         Some studies further suggest that brahmi may have adaptogenic properties, which means that it may help improve your body’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety. However, more research is needed before strong conclusions can be made

5. Turmeric

·         Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its characteristic yellow color, is another popular Ayurvedic remedy.
·         Curcumin, its main active compound, has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Test-tube research shows that it may be equally or even more effective than some anti-inflammatory drugs — without all of their side effects.
 ·       Also, turmeric may help protect against heart disease, in part by improving blood flow as effectively as exercise or certain pharmaceutical drugs. One study further suggests that it may be as effective as Prozac, a drug commonly used to treat depression. Moreover, compounds in turmeric may help preserve brain function by increasing brain levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Low levels of BDNF have been linked to disorders like Alzheimer’s and depression.