It’s no surprise that fruits and vegetables play a dominant role in brain-healthy patterns of eating, just as they do in healthy diets for your body as a whole. But it may be that eating fruits and vegetables helps protect your brain beyond general health benefits. Specific types of produce
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Q: Can you slow down dementia once symptoms have started?
A: This is a question people with the early signs of dementia and their family members ask frequently, and unfortunately there is no simple or guaranteed answer. Dementia, whether the result of Alzheimer’s disease or other cause, is a very individualized condition.
A hybrid of the DASH and Mediterranean diets—appropriately called the MIND diet —that factors in the latest research on cognition and nutrition may protect memory and thinking even better. Martha Clare Morris, ScD, of Rush University, and colleagues developed the MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet score, which particularly
Toast without butter is like macaroni without cheese—sad and incomplete. Same goes for popcorn, especially at the movie theater. For years, though, we’ve been told to cut butter from our diets. Those delectable, creamy French dishes a la Julia Child are frowned upon by nutrition experts and cardiologists. Now we’re
Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of
If you watch much television, you’ve no doubt wondered whether your brain might get a boost from a protein “originally found in jellyfish.” Touted as the top-selling supplement in the amorphous category of “brain health,” the jellyfish-protein pills are likened to supplements you may already be taking for your heart
If you believe the advertisements and label claims of America’s booming supplement industry, there’s hardly any need to bother with an overall healthy dietary pattern or choosing foods associated with brain power benefits. Simply popping a pill—or a handful of pills—you can make up for any nutritional shortfalls in your
The term “nutrient” can refer to vitamins and minerals, or even less-well-known nutrients, such as flavonoids. All these are im-portant, but the big picture when it comes to nutrition and brain power concerns what are referred to as “macronutrients”: fats, carbohydrates (“carbs”), and protein. It’s no wonder that so many
The updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) placed a new emphasis on dietary patterns for lifelong health and prevention of chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Thinking of brain-healthy eating as an overall pattern of dietary choices helps make it clear that protecting your brain isn’t as simple as eating a
If you’re looking to preserve your brain power, doing all you can to preserve your heart health will help, according to recent European research demonstrating that people who adhered to the most measures of cardiovascular health had lower risk for cognitive decline and dementia than their less heart-healthy peers. Neurologist