Dr. Ann

Brain Health


Low Vitamin D Linked to Profound Loss of Brain Power

According to a provocative report in JAMA Neurology, low vitamin D levels in the elderly may have dire consequences for intellectual function. For this evaluation researchers monitored the cognitive capacity of 382 racially diverse elderly men and women over a five-year study period. Each study subject also had his or her vitamin D blood levels measured at […]

According to a provocative report in JAMA Neurology, low vitamin D levels in the elderly may have dire consequences for intellectual function. For this evaluation researchers monitored the cognitive capacity of 382 racially diverse elderly men and women over a five-year study period. Each study subject also had his or her vitamin D blood levels measured at […]

Mushrooms are very low in calories, containing just 20 per half cup. Mushrooms are a source of key nutrients including B vitamins, copper, potassium, selenium, and even vitamin D. Mushrooms are high in antioxidants, in many cases offering more than most vegetables. Mushrooms are home to a unique family of compounds called polysaccharides, which are […]

When we eat and how often we eat may impact our weight control for better or for worse. In a provocative new report that included data from more than 50,000 healthy adults followed over several years, scientists uncovered definite associations between meal timing and meal frequency and weight control. Here were the key take home […]

If you want to sharpen your focus, eat more greens! That was the conclusion of a new study that sought to investigate the relationship between lutein, a potent antioxidant abundant in dark leafy greens, and brain activation during a period of focused attention. For this study, the researchers measured the lutein levels in the back […]

Apples are a standout food for health protection and we can thank their peels for most of their disease-busting prowess. Apple peels are rich in insoluble fiber that aids in appetite control and feeds the good bacteria in our colons. But what really sets the peel apart from its fleshy component is its stunning array […]

Sugar substitutes’ reputation as a useful tool for weight control and a “safe” substitute for sugar just received a major setback. In one of the most sweeping studies to date, scientists could not identify a sufficient level of evidence to indicate that sugar substitutes help us with weight control. To the contrary, the studies that […]

Well stocked salad bars offer a quick and convenient opportunity to tap into the extraordinary nutritional benefits the right foods can provide.  Fortunately – comprehensive salad bars are now easy to access.  My personal favorites are Ruby Tuesday, Whole Foods and Earth Fare. To successfully navigate through the salad bar and get the most nutritional […]

Salads are arguably the best dish for “feeding your microbiome”.  The microbiome refers to that rich ecosystem of beneficial bacteria that reside in our GI tract. Maintaining a healthy microbiome (which is vital to all-over health!) requires eating a broad array of plant-based foods.  Salads are the perfect dish for giving those good bugs the […]

Want to dramatically improve the quality of your sleep and boost your daytime effectiveness? Get up and move! A wonderful report that carefully and accurately measured study subject’s daily physical activity found a striking relationship between physical activity levels and sound, effective sleep. Specifically, those who engaged in 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity […]

Looking for a delectable way to sharpen your mind? Dark chocolate may be just what the doctor ordered! In a hot-off-the-press review that included the findings from 49 previously published studies –  scientists noted a slew of cognitive benefits that resulted after the ingestion of cocoa flavanols, potent antioxidants found in dark chocolate and cocoa. […]

If you have not already discovered “the magic” of fermented foods, I encourage you to do so. These microbe-enhanced foods offer a slew of unique features that put them in a league of their own for better health. Aside from a pleasingly pronounced and zingy flavor, fermented foods offer the following added benefits: Easier digestibility […]

Onions are uniquely high in prebiotics, the special type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in our guts. (Remember those good bacteria define your health destiny!) Onions are one of the richest sources of quercetin, a powerhouse phytochemical renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. Onions are almost calorie free, yet revered for their […]