Dr. Ann

Bad news, America – Consuming too much salt may damage your brain. That was the eye-opening conclusion from a pivotal lab study. Unfortunately, 90 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended levels of salt in their day-to-day diets, and rates of dementia are steadily rising and expected to reach catastrophic levels in the next […]

All nuts are exceptional foods for promoting wellness and vitality, but walnuts may be the cream of the crop for brain health. In an exciting series of laboratory experiments, researchers found that fortifying the diets of lab mice with a daily dose of walnuts resulted in several significant brain-based benefits. The mice fed the human equivalent […]

The super potent antioxidant found in freshly brewed tea, EGCG, scored another scientific victory, this time on the brain-boosting front. In a series of lab experiments, scientists found that EGCG stimulated the growth of new brain cells and improved learning and memory in lab mice. Past studies in humans have shown a relationship between regular […]

I’m thrilled to inform you that you can eat your way to more happiness. In the first major study to elucidate the relationship between what we eat and our psychological well-being, the verdict was clear, compelling and totally uplifting. The more fruits and veggies we eat, the happier we are. For this study, the researchers […]

To evaluate the scientific efficacy of various interventions to boost intelligence in young children, researchers identified three effective strategies. For this evaluation, intelligence experts did a comprehensive review of the best-published studies. They noted the following IQ boosters: Supplementing the diets of pregnant women and newborns with omega 3 supplements and/or omega 3 rich foods. This […]

If you’re looking for an easy, daily habit to lower your risk of cognitive decline, drinking tea may be just what the doctor ordered. According to a study that followed the tea consumption of 957 Chinese seniors from 2003 to 2005, as well as their cognitive function thru 2010, daily tea drinkers were 50 percent […]

  It has long been established that exercise increases the quantity and quality of muscle mitochondria (the “energy factories” in our cells), and an exciting study found the same could be said for brain cells too. In this laboratory evaluation, researchers had one group of mice exercise one hour a day six days a week. […]

Consuming optimal amounts of omega 3 fats relative to omega 6 fats is vitally important for brain health. And because brain health is EVERYTHING – I urge you to take advantage of the advice that follows to keep these two fats in a healthy balance. Tragically, the average American consumes about 20 times more omega […]

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 […]

Diet has a profound impact on the structure, function, and health of our brains. Here are 5 foods your brain loves and why. Salmon: Salmon, particularly wild salmon, is arguably the highest quality protein for brain health. This oily fish is the richest source of the all-important, but difficult to come by omega 3 fats, […]

Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the Win! I consider extra virgin olive oil to be the healthiest of all oils. Here’s why: 1) Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) protects the heart and arteries through many ways including lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and raising good (HDL) cholesterol. 2) As oils go, EVOO is uniquely high in potent […]

Diet and lifestyle are unbeatable tools for boosting stress resiliency. Here are the best of the bunch. Be physically active / exercise on a regular basis. Daily is best. Any activity counts, but the more vigorous the activity the better. Minimize processed foods and fast foods. Consume mostly whole, “nature made” foods, particularly fruits and […]