In a study of 100 people published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, researchers compared brains scans of meditators and non-meditators and found that meditation seemed to preserve crucial gray matter in numerous brain regions—compared to the brains of non-meditators. Here are some other brain boosters to keep your mind sharp.
Brain optimization clubs, like the soon-to-launch Field in New York City, will offer up all sorts of services to create an “elite brain.” Doctors in these clinics run high-tech brain scans and then tap noninvasive technologies to tweak the circuits and improve mental prowess without drugs. Nootropics—sometimes called smart drugs—are compounds that enhance brain function and are becoming a popular way to give your mind an extra boost.
Regular exercise is good for your entire body—including your brain. One study found that regular aerobic exercise boosts the size of the brain’s hippocampus, which is involved in verbal memory and learning, among women who report mild memory problems. Next, don’t miss these 50 secrets your brain wishes you knew.