Dr. Ann

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 […]

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 […]

Past studies have strongly linked fast food to weight gain, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, and based on this evaluation it seems we may also need to add depression to this list. In a long-term study that involved over 8,500 study subjects, those who consumed the most fast food (hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza) were […]

They may be the most diminutive of all fruits, but berries’ health-boosting, anti-aging credentials are astounding! Past studies have shown that berries’ potent one-two punch of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power is especially protective for an aging brain. Scientists have identified yet another berry brain benefit. Reporting at the American Chemical Society Meeting, scientists determined that […]

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 […]