Dr. Ann

Poor sleep has long been tied to a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes, but how the two are related has been somewhat of a mystery. Thanks to a new study, we now have some clarity on the mechanisms that may be involved. For this study scientists had over 1,600 adults wear sensitive movement […]

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of adult blindness, and eating fish may offer a big catch for prevention.  According to the powerful, Harvard-based Women’s Health Study, women who consumed one or more servings of fish weekly were 42 percent less likely to develop AMD versus those eating fish once or less a […]

If you enjoy your yogurt like I do, you will be pleased to know that in addition to getting a nice dose of several critical nutrients like calcium, zinc, potassium, B vitamins and those awesome beneficial bacteria (probiotics) – yogurt may help lower your risk of high blood pressure. In a study that followed the […]

If you want to sharpen your focus, eat more greens! That was the conclusion of a study that sought to investigate the relationship between lutein, a potent antioxidant abundant in dark leafy greens, and brain activation during a period of focused attention. For this study, the researchers measured the lutein levels in the back of […]

Fish may be so valuable for brain health that even a single serving a week may provide profound benefits. In a stunning report presented at a scientific meeting, researchers noted that elderly study subjects who reported eating baked or broiled fish (not fried!) one to four times a week had significantly bigger brains, and were […]

One of the most delicious, easiest and effective ways to ensure that you get the recommended 5 or more servings of veggies a day is to eat lots of salads. Here is how to get the most nutritional bang for your efforts: Well stocked salad bars offer a quick and convenient opportunity to tap into the […]

In a landmark new study that comprises the most comprehensive evaluation to date, scientists have uncovered a set of modifiable risk factors for developing depression. Depression is epidemic in America and is the #1 cause of disability worldwide. Thus, the results of this study are especially timely. For this 2-stage evaluation, the scientists first scanned […]

Popeye loved his spinach and his olive oil and you should too. In a study including 30,000 Italian women followed for about 8 years, those who reported eating at least 1 serving of dark leafy greens a day were 46% less likely to develop heart disease versus those who ate two or less servings a […]

Red meat suffered yet another scientific setback when researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health uncovered a powerful link between eating this “4-legged protein” and a greater risk of type 2 diabetes. For this study, the researchers combined the data from a number of large studies that involved a total of over 400,000 subjects, including […]

Healthy Blueberry Crumble Serves 6 My family loves this filled with antioxidants!! dessert for Sunday night – with some ice cream of course. Ingredients 6 cups berries of choice, frozen or fresh ¼ cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tsp. cinnamon, divided 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats ½ cup […]

Strawberries are visually stunning, scrumptious to eat, and exploding with health-boosting prowess. One cup of strawberries provides over 100% of a day’s requirement for vitamin C along with 12 other essential nutrients. But what really launches this beauty queen of fruit up into the realm of superfood stardom is her antioxidant power. In one recent […]

In a very large study (188,000 people!) of how various flavonoid antioxidants may impact blood pressure, researchers found that study subjects who consumed the most anthocyanin antioxidants were less likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure. Anthocyanins are the pigments that give the stunning red/purple/blue colors to fruits and veggies like berries, beets, red […]