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Brain Train Your Way to Better Performance: The FINGER Study

According to a recent study published in the journal The Lancet (March 2015) brain training, exercise, healthy eating and management of risk factors seems to maintain or improve cognitive function and delay cognitive decline.  The Finnish Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) is the first of its’ kind, ground breaking trial to combat some of the key high risk factors for dementia (eg. Heart health, high BMI).

Method

1260 Finns aged 60-77 were randomly divided equally between the control group who were given general health tips and the intervention group.  The latter had regular meetings with healthcare professionals and were given comprehensive guidance on healthy eating, exercise programs, brain training and managing metabolic and vascular risk factors, for example, with regular blood exams.

Findings

After 2 years, the participants’ cognitive performance was assessed with a standard exam, the Neuropsychological Test Battery (NTB).  The overall scores for the intervention group were higher by 25%.  The remarkable results for certain sections of the exam, processing speed at 150% and executive functioning at 83% were even higher.  Executive function refers to the brain’s capacity to manage, plan and execute thought processes.

“Much previous research has shown that there are links between cognitive decline in older people and factors such as diet, heart health, and fitness. However, our study is the first large randomised controlled trial to show that an intensive program aimed at addressing these risk factors might be able to prevent cognitive decline in elderly people who are at risk of dementia.” Professor Kivipelto, lead Researcher – Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, National Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, and University of Eastern Finland

Train & Play with Fit Brains

Your brain is like a muscle, it can grow fitter and stronger with exercise. Train and play with Fit Brains. Fit Brains exercises help stimulate and sharpen your mind. Remember more, focus better and think faster. Do more every day. You can play Fit Brains on any web browser or train or train on-the-go with our IOS, Android or Amazon app!   

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Journal Reference

Tiia Ngandu, Jenni Lehtisalo, Alina Solomon, Esko Levälahti, Satu Ahtiluoto, Riitta Antikainen, Lars Bäckman, Tuomo Hänninen, Antti Jula, Tiina Laatikainen, Jaana Lindström, Francesca Mangialasche, Teemu Paajanen, Satu Pajala, Markku Peltonen, Rainer Rauramaa, Anna Stigsdotter-Neely, Timo Strandberg, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Hilkka Soininen, Miia Kivipelto. A 2 year multidomain intervention of diet, exercise, cognitive training, and vascular risk monitoring versus control to prevent cognitive decline in at-risk elderly people (FINGER): a randomised controlled trialThe Lancet, 2015; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60461-5

Happy New Year from Fit Brains!

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It has been an amazing year of growth here at Fit Brains.  We went from 1 successful brain training app to a whole portfolio of brain training & health apps, reaching 5+ million users in 90+ countries, surpassing 60000+ ratings averaging 4.5 stars across all of our apps, and now at the end of the year, we just joined a great new company that will support our continuing rapid growth & expansion.

We wanted to wish you a Happy New Year & say thank you to all of our users & fans for brain training with Fit Brains products!

Having the honour of being selected in the App Store’s Best of 2013 is a great send-off to the new year!  Our original Fit Brains Trainer app has been selected in the App Store’s Best of 2013 in these categories & countries:

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2014 is going to be an even bigger year for Fit Brains, so we won’t talk much more now, as there will be many more new updates coming for our users very soon!  Thank you everyone again, stay updated with Fit Brains on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, & your Fit Brains emails, and have a happy New Year celebration!

Review Fit Brains Kids App – Win an IPAD MINI!

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If you have a child, grandchild, niece/nephew, student under 8 years old, and you would like to win a BRAND NEW IPAD MINI for him/her (or yourself!), this contest is for you!

Fit Brains for Kids: Sparky’s Adventures is our newest released brain training app for children ages 2-8.  It has already been featured & praised on iTunes and many media/news outlets, but we would like to see more support coming from YOUour users!  To enter the contest, follow the steps below to leave a review for our app!  Good luck!!

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TO ENTER:

  1. If your child has not played Fit Brains for Kids: Sparky’s Adventures yet, go to http://taps.io/FBkidsappcontest, download the iOS app, and play!
  2. Then, go to http://taps.io/FBkidsappcontest on your computer or mobile device (click on “View in iTunes” if you’re on a browser).
  3. Click on “Ratings & Reviews” and write an awesome 1-2 sentence review on how you and your child is enjoying & learning from Fit Brains for Kids!
  4. Copy your complete review and email it to contest@fitbrains.com with the “Nickname” you used in your review or your iTunes name/email.
  5. At the end of the contest, we will choose the winner at random & email you if you have WON!

FACEBOOK BONUS ENTRY: For an extra entry, copy & paste your complete review onto our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FitBrainsCommunity), and include your Facebook name in your email entry above.

TWITTER BONUS ENTRY: For an extra entry, tweet this: “My child plays #FitBrains to develop brain skills & I entered a @FitBrains contest to win an iPad Mini! Details- http://bit.ly/17xmm04 & include your Twitter handle in your email entry above.

Contest Period: Thursday Oct 3, 2013 – Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

 
Rules:  1 entry per person with maximum 2 bonus entries; 1 Facebook, 1 Twitter.  Bonus entries will only count if Facebook/Twitter names are included in original email entry.  Entries have to follow the above steps accurately to be eligible.  For legal purposes, the contest is limited to U.S. & Canada residents.  Contestants must be over the age of 19.  Contest period — 12pm on October 3, 2013 to 12pm on October 15, 2013.  Winner will be drawn at random & announced by October 16, 2013.  Winner will be contacted through the email used to enter contest.  Winner will have until 12pm on October 18, 2013 to respond to the winning notification email, or another winner will be chosen at random.  The prize will be 1 new iPad Mini, with no substitutions, the prize will be sent by mail.  Winner must provide accurate mailing address to receive the prize.  Fit Brains is not responsible for loss or damage of the prize after it has been mailed.  Further inquiries about contest, please email contest@fitbrains.com.  

New App for Kids – Fit Brains: Sparky’s Adventures!

You asked for it, and now we delivered…

Our newest iOS brain training app for kids has launched!  Fit Brains: Sparky’s Adventures is now available for download on iPhones and iPads at the iTunes store.

Fit Brains: Sparky’s Adventures offers a first-of-its-kind approach to child learning and development. With a library of 200+ fun & healthy brain games designed for children ages 2 to 8, this app will stimulate the 5 key areas of your child’s brain and automatically adapts to the specific needs of your child.

Features:

  1. 200+ games for your child that are both fun and educational
  2. Each game stimulates & improves a key area of the brain: Memory, Concentration (Attention), Problem-Solving, Speed, Visual
  3. Automatic adjustment of game difficulty to match your child’s skill level and continuing growth
  4. Rewarded treats that can be added to the “playground” to keep your child engaged and motivated
  5. The “Parents Corner” offers detailed tools & charts tracking your child’s progress in different areas
  6. A “Fit Brains Age Index” to show which age group your child is performing the closest to

Benefits for your Child:

  • Stimulate brain processing
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Strengthen early cognitive performances
  • Increase memory/recall for learning
  • Deeper concentration & attention times
  • Enhance problem-solving
  • Improve visual learning
  • Decrease boredom & increase educational fun!

In the Media:

The original Fit Brains Trainer has been highly successful, used and praised by people all over the world.  However, we have gotten many requests for additional tools & products and we knew we had to start expanding our training to the entire family.  We saw the lack of a comprehensive brain trainer for young children, and heard from many of our fans that they wanted a Fit Brains app geared toward their kids.  It was here that Fit Brains: Sparky’s Adventures was born.

We hope this new app will bring education into playtime fun for your children.  Leave us a comment below and let us know your child’s experience with the app!

 

Harmony Between Limbic System and Frontal Lobe

We all know that feeling when things seem in sync, in harmony, and we are at peace. You may have heard the phrase “I am one with the world” that humans use to describe such inner balance. What a great feeling that is.

Unfortunately, we tend to live a fair amount of our lives out of balance as we chase the next, often small priority, task in our day. We live our lives with a sense of worry and chronic anxiety. Our bodies communicate such worry to us in the form of migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep disorder, irritability, ulcer and mood disorder.

The brain has two distinct, but integrated systems that facilitate such balance or imbalance. The first is known as the limbic system that provides our emotional being and serves as a type of “hot area of the brain.” This part of our brain can cause that inner sense of doom and gloom and set off the “fight or flight” reaction. It is called hot because of its emotionality that can also be impulsive and get us into some trouble in daily life.

The other brain region is the frontal lobe thought by some to be the cold analytic part of our being. This is the part of our being that helps to keep us socially graceful, rule abiding, and capable of conforming to civil order.

The goal in life is to balance these two regions, the hot limbic system with the cold analytic frontal lobe. Sometimes we are able to accomplish such a balance and integration and when this occurs we feel that inner sense of “oneness.” Crisis can integrate these regions quickly, which is why we tend to immediately prioritize those things that are most important in our lives and live in the moment during crisis. The goal needs to be to get to such integration without the crisis.

Some steps to consider include: (1) try to be in the moment and develop a consciousness about your inner balance; (2) are you approaching your day too emotional or too “hot” or are you “too cold” and overly analytic; (3) remind yourself of what is really important and what is not; (4) make an attempt to release those things that are not worthy of your energy or attention; (5) free up space and time in your life; (6) give things away; (7) be forgiving; (8) pray and meditate daily; (9) work on what your role and purpose is in life; (10) rely on love as the primary emotion and behavior.

These steps will set you on a path towards inner balance and to getting your limbic system happily integrated with your frontal lobe!

Dental Floss and My Memory

I had read reports from the past about the role of dental health and a relationship to cognition and brain health. The primary mechanism seemed to involve inflammation. Inflammation can occur throughout the body and if one area of the body incurs inflammation that tends to indicate a similar response in other areas of the body.

Inflammation of the gums is a relatively common sign that many of us have been educated about by our dentists. It is probably fair to say that we never considered our brain when our dentists talked to us about our dental health and gum inflammation.

A recent study by researchers at the University of California found that persons who brushed their teeth less than once daily were 65% more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily. It may be that your oral health habits influence your brain health. The study that followed nearly 5,500 elderly over an 18 year-period was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The authors of the study pointed to inflammation from gum disease-related bacteria as a factor in a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It appears dementia can be added to the list. Some studies have found people with Alzheimer’s disease have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than those without Alzheimer’s.

It is thought that gum disease bacteria may infiltrate the human brain causing inflammation and brain damage. The authors are quick to point out that the results of their study are correlational and not causal. The findings do raise important questions regarding the role of inflammation on our general health and how one area of the body can certainly affect another area.

One thing is for sure, it certainly does not hurt to brush our teeth daily and maintain good oral health.