Dr. Ann

  What you eat affects every aspect of your being, even your sleep! In an intriguing new clinical trial researchers found that diet quality had a significant impact on various aspects of sleep quality. For this tightly controlled study, researchers had 26 healthy adults (half male and half female) spend five straight nights in a […]

  Want a nifty way to boost your memory for something you’ve just learned? Exercise four hours later. In an intriguing new study scientists were able to show that exercise four hours after learning new material significantly improved retention and memory consolidation. For this study scientist had 72 study subjects learn a series of picture-location […]

  The studies confirming movement as a “magic pill” for vitality and health protection just keep rolling in. Here are two new exciting ones to get you going. In a study that was the first to evaluate the relationship between fitness, heart function and blood flow to the brain, scientists concluded that exercise at any […]

Want to add up to ten years of healthy brain function to your later life? Then be sure to exercise! In a totally inspiring new study that once again echoes the profound benefits movement has on the brain, researchers documented that older adults who regularly engaged in moderate to intense physical activity like jogging or […]

  Past studies have linked low levels of vitamin D with depression, and a new evaluation adds to the growing pile of evidence that adequate levels of vitamin D are fundamental to good mental health. This evaluation included over 7,000 British subjects and found those with vitamin D levels in the normal range had a 43% […]

Caution couch potatoes! Lack of fitness in middle age may mean a smaller brain in later years. According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, scientist uncovered a direct correlation between poor fitness and less brain volume years later. For this study, researchers had 1,583 people enrolled in the famed Framingham Heart Study […]

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, […]

The Great White Hazards strike again, this time on the mood front. In a new analysis that followed the dietary habits of over 70,000 post-menopausal women for several years, those who consumed diets higher in refined, “high glycemic” carbs were significantly more likely to develop depression. High glycemic carbs are those that give rise to […]

In a first-of-its-kind lab study, scientists were able to show that consuming a high fat diet could disrupt normal brain function by altering the bacteria in the gut. There is growing evidence that the ecosystem of bacteria that reside in our guts, referred to as “the microbiome,” plays a pivotal role in mental health. The […]

If the hamster wheel of unpleasant thoughts, better known as negative rumination, is weighing you down, taking a daily dose of probiotics may lighten the load and brighten your mood. In an intriguing new clinical trial, researchers provided 20 healthy subjects a daily dose of a multispecies probiotic for four weeks and a matched group of 20 […]

  Dark leafy greens score again! This time for keeping our brains younger and sharper. In a study that tracked the diets of more than 950 older adults for a period of five years, those who consumed the most leafy greens performed the best intellectually. For this study, the participants completed detailed dietary questionnaires and had […]

December 15, 2014 • Brain Health

Turmeric for Brain Power

Spice up your brainpower with turmeric! That is the advice to take from a new clinical trial that has found that consuming even a modest dose of this highly anti-inflammatory spice improved “working memory.” For this placebo-controlled trial, researchers fed one group of elderly subjects recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes a breakfast that contained one gram […]