‘Power Foods for the Brain’ Reveals Brain-Boosting Diet
Do multivitamins increase Alzheimer’s disease risk? Can sweet potatoes improve mental clarity? Power Foods for the Brain, a new book by Physicians Committee president and nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., reveals how diet and lifestyle changes can shield the brain from memory loss, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.
Power Foods for the Brain presents the latest and most compelling research on nutrition’s surprising effects on the brain. Dr. Barnard also lays out his three-step plan to protect the mind and strengthen the memory: Put power foods to work, strengthen your brain, and defeat memory threats.
“Every minute, our brain cells are bathing in the nutrients—or toxins—we take in through food,” says Dr. Barnard. “Just as we put money in a retirement account to ensure a secure future, we can put foods on our plates today to help keep the brain in high gear well into the future.”
Research overwhelmingly shows that “bad fats”—such as the saturated fat found in red meat and butter—greatly increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and reduce brain functioning in the short term. But conclusive evidence demonstrates that eating foods rich in vitamin E—such as almonds and sunflower seeds—may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 70 percent.
Power Foods for the Brain identifies these and the dozens of other brain-trigger foods that are consumed on a daily basis and offers tips and insights on how to build back up brain health. The book also includes 75 power-food recipes, sample mental stimulation exercises, guides to choosing aluminum-free foods and medicines, and a guide to physical exercise.
This spring, you can also watch Protect Your Memory with Dr. Neal Barnard on PBS. Check local listings for dates and times.
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