Dr. Ann

Rejoice! Thanks to a powerful new report, we now have convincing evidence that healthy eating can ease the symptoms of depression. For this first-of-its-kind analysis, scientists pooled the data from 16 clinical trials encompassing over 45,000 study subjects. All of the trials were conducted to test the effects of dietary changes on the symptoms of […]

Dutch scientists have given us yet another reason to enjoy an apple (or a pear) a day. In a study that followed over 20,000 adults for a 10-year period, those who consumed the most “white-fleshed” fruits and veggies were 52 percent less likely to have a stroke vs. those consuming the least. The specific fruits […]

There is now robust evidence that dementia develops over several decades and that physical activity/exercise, because it benefits the brain through so many different ways, is arguably the single most powerful strategy available to protect our mental faculties. Simply taking a brisk 30-minute walk most days during your adult life may mean the difference between […]

Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates enthusiastically proclaimed, “What is good for the heart is good for the mind.” Now we know he was spot on with these sage words.  Studies over the past decade have consistently revealed that if you take good care of your heart and arteries, you get the added bonus of having […]

In a highly informative and rigorous, new evaluation, scientists identified a small handful of nutrients that appear to be integral for optimal brain power. They began by selecting 32 nutrients common to the Mediterranean Diet because of this diet’s strong association in past studies with less dementia risk. Then they measured levels of these nutrients […]

Like its other nut relatives, walnuts score a perfect 10 when it comes to protecting the cardiovascular system, but this big nut is a winner on numerous fronts.  In the last several years, studies have shown that walnuts likely provide protection against breast cancer, prostate cancer, dementia, macular degeneration and even stress. As nuts go, walnuts […]

Make sure you move.  As little as 20 minutes of aerobic activity, like a brisk walk, has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress for up to 12 full hours. Go for the right carbs – carbohydrate foods can boost one of our bodies’ feel good neurotransmitters, serotonin.  Steer clear of nutritionally defunct sugar and refined carb foods, […]

A presentation at the International Association for Dental Research reported for the that the citric acid in sports beverages causes significant tooth enamel erosion compromising tooth integrity and predisposing to fissures and cracks. I consider sports beverages a close cousin to soda and never recommend their use except for those engaging in vigorous physical activity […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scientists have claimed they identified the most effective diet for preventing Alzheimer’s disease. According to a study, adhering to the “MIND diet” offers substantial protection from Alzheimer’s disease. For this study, scientists first analyzed the diets of 923 elderly study subjects for 144 specific foods based on detailed food questionnaires. With repeated neuropsychological testing, the study […]

Eating berries regularly may be one of the easiest and tastiest ways to protect our precious brains. Past studies have already shown that berries exhibit show-stopping antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power – 2 profoundly beneficial factors for brain health. Thanks to a study from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, scientists identified yet another way berries may play a starring […]