Dr. Ann

  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. […]

High intensity interval training, known as HIIT, has been scoring one scientific victory after another, and I am excited to share two new study findings that I hope will excite you as much as they did me. HIIT involves brief (generally 30 seconds), yet very intense aerobic activity alternating with 3-4 minutes of very light […]

  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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

If you are looking for yet another reason to cut back on calories, think brain health. In a first-of-its-kind laboratory evaluation, scientist determined that caloric restriction positively affected the expression of over 900 genes tied to age-related brain deterioration. For this study researchers fed lab mice prone to develop dementia a lifetime diet with 30 […]

In the most robust study of its kind to date, researchers found a very strong link between low vitamin D levels and a greater risk of dementia. For the study researchers measured the blood vitamin D levels in 1,658 people over the age of 65 and then followed their cognitive function over the next 5.6 […]

The brain is arguably the most sensitive organ in the body when it comes to our dietary choices. Here are my “Golden Guidelines” for eating for optimal brain health and peace of mind. Foods to Enjoy: Regular consumption of foods rich in omega 3 fats– oily fish, oysters, omega 3 eggs, walnuts, whole soy foods, […]

I am personally convinced that you can eat yourself happy or eat yourself sad, but it is great to get some data to back up my beliefs. In an evaluation that monitored the diets of over 2000 adult males in Finland for a period of 13-20 years, those adhering to a “healthy” diet had less […]