Neal Barnard, M.D. – Power Foods for the Brain
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Five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and many more fear that it may be in their future. Milder forms of memory loss can be frustrating, too, ranging from momentary lapses to more persistent cognitive impairments. Luckily, large studies at major research centers have shown that foods can help defeat threats to memory. Diets high in “bad fats” (saturated fats and trans fats) and overloaded with iron and copper increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while certain antioxidants reduce risk. Aerobic exercise helps, too, and has even been shown to reverse age-related brain atrophy. Cognitive exercises and getting regular rest and sleep can boost memory, reasoning, and reaction time. Even people who are at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from diet and lifestyle changes. Many of the findings discussed in this lecture are based on Dr. Barnard’s new book, Power Foods for the Brain, which presents results of scientific studies and builds them into simple steps for improving the health of your body and mind.