How Does the Brain Affect Our Lives? (Part 19)

A Book Review: Younger Brains, Sharper Brains by Eric R. Braverman, M.D.

by Maggie Dail, M.A., Learning Specialist

 

Chapter 11- Step Five: Natural Hormones Jump-Start Quick Thinking

“The correlation is particularly important because your hormones control different aspects of cognition at each of the developmental stages of life.”

  • Highest peak for memory and attention – just after puberty – increase of hormones
  • Memory and attention wane at hormonal decline – menopause or andropause p. 195-196

“Bioidentical hormone supplements work as nutrients that feed an aging brain.” P. 196

Different hormones decline at different ages.

Nonbioidentical hormones to avoid: Methyltosterone (Android, Testred, Virlon); Conjugated estrogens (Prempro, Premarin); Medroxprogesterone (Provera); Cadaver growth hormones (cadaver-GH); birth control pills Highlighted text box, p. 199

19 Hormones You Need to Know –  From A (Aldosine) to V (Vitamin D) – Braverman introduces the reader to each of these 19 hormones.p. 199-206

Natural Hormones are one choice for menopausal women – “We now know that MCI and menopause are dynamically related.” P. 206 Braverman writes about “what menopause looks like” and that “perimenopause precedes menopause.” Then he speaks of “men menopause too.” P. 208-211

Next time: Step Six – Brain-Balancing Medications

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