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The Fish – Japanese Ice Fish (白魚)

Mental Eercises May Prevent Mental Decline in Seniors

A review released by the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the prevention of cognitive decline said that medicinal, non-medicinal and physical exercise did nothing to prevent the decline in healthy seniors, but mental exercises have been shown to be beneficial.

The report was written to help aging Canadians make more informed decisions when faced with deteriorating mental faculties and the preventative therapies available to them.

Many industries and organizations claim that the use of their products — which range from physical and cognitive programs to prescription medicines and non-prescription supplements — can prevent cognitive decline, however there is little evidence supporting these claims.

“There is no consistent evidence of benefit for any pharmacologic agent in preventing cognitive decline in healthy older adults,” said the review.

Some therapies harmful
In some cases there was evidence of harm with certain pharmacological therapies such as estrogen and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The review was compiled by searching through randomized controlled trials which focused on seniors with normal mental health at baseline and studied over varying numbers of years.

The therapies in these trials included:

  • Hormonal therapies
  • Herbal supplements
  • Vitamins and fatty acids
  • Various prescription drugs
  • Physical exercise
  • Cognitive training
  • Modification of vascular risk factors (weight reduction, smoking, etc.)

Most therapies tested indicated either no change in memory-related outcomes, or no evidence of preventing cognitive decline.

The use of estrogen therapies indicated a decline in cognitive function in the patients with the use of the hormone and an increase in dementia.

Physical exercise as a treatment — such as resistance and balance-training — did not show negative effects and did show improvements in some, but not enough to substantiate any claims.

Mental exercises in reasoning, speed and memory showed significant improvements over a five year period.

“There is some evidence that specific cognitive exercises can sharpen memory, and have an incremental benefit in preventing cognitive decline,” said the report. “However, the transferability of these benefits to any cognitively stimulating experience is unproven.”

Mild cognitive impairment affects 10-20 per cent of Canadians over the age of 70, and the review estimates that the prevalence of dementia will affect over 1 million seniors over the next 25 years.

Source: CBC

A New Twist of the Chinese Braised Chicken Dish

Ingredients

1 skinless and boneless chicken leg
12 peeled chestnuts
1 stalk green onion, shredded
1 thick slice ginger
6 fresh shitake mushroom
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp cooking wine
2 tsp black truffle pate
2 tsp oil

Marinade

1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp oyster sauce
2 tsp cooking wine
2 tsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp sesame oil
dash ground white pepper

Method

  1. Cook chestnut in boiling water until done. Drain well.
  2. Cut each mushroom into two halves.
  3. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Put chicken and mushroom into a bowl. Add marinade and mix well. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a clay pot over medium high heat. Sauté green onion and ginger until fragrant. Add chicken, mushroom and chestnut. Toss for 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle with wine. Add chicken broth and cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Mix in the truffle pate before serving.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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