Study Suggests Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Can Also Support Good Brain Health

New information is leading experts to believe that lifestyle behaviors that can support heart health may also be beneficial for brain health. Diseases of the brain are on the rise, and they are often associated with many of the same risk factors that cause heart disease, including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and tobacco use.

The rising prevalence of brain diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia have led researchers to examine how to lower incidence in the global community.


Mitchell Elkind from the American Heart Association said, “The global rate of brain disease is quickly outpacing heart disease. The rate of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias rose more than twice as much in the past decade compared to the rate of deaths from heart disease, and that is something we must address.”

Globally, more than 54 million people had Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in 2020, which is a 37% increase since 2010 and a 144% increase over the past 30 years. This indicates that brain health is a growing concern that needs to be addressed.

Researchers believe that having cardiovascular disease can increase the chances of developing brain disease. In a meta-analysis, the risk for dementia was shown to be associated with heart failure nearly two-fold. Coronary heart disease was also associated with a 40% increased risk of poor cognitive outcomes, including dementia, cognitive decline, or cognitive impairment.

With this high association rate and the rising rates of brain disease, it is critical that patients understand the changes needed to improve health outcomes from brain disease and how to prevent them to begin with.

Lifestyle Behaviors

Experts say that maintaining a healthy weight, managing blood pressure, and following other heart-healthy lifestyle behaviours can help to support brain function. At Bel Marra, we understand how important it is to support both brain and heart health with essential vitamins and minerals.


Heart Rescue was designed to help support and promote cardiovascular health through a unique blend of 7 ingredients, including omega-3 fatty acids, CoQ10, magnesium, and hawthorn extract.

While some degree of cognitive decline is nearly inevitable as you age, some factors can take a toll on the ability of the brain to function at peak potential. The Smart Pill contains 9 ingredients to support, nourish, and maximize brain health and cognitive function and fight against any risk factors causing the brain harm.

With some easy lifestyle changes, including consuming a healthy diet, exercising daily, and getting essential vitamins and nutrients, you can help to protect the brain and heart.

Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.