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Can Cinnamon Help Against Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Do you like the sweet smell of cinnamon? A new study shows that the compound that causes that bright smell may help prevent the development of tau protein tangles, the tangles that notoriously form in brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Are we to conclude that cinnamon can play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s see why. Continue reading

Not All Antioxidants May Protect Your Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

A diet rich in antioxidants helps reduce risks of stroke and dementia. A new study contradicts this idea and suggests that it may depend on where you get your antioxidants from. Antioxidants coming from tea and coffee may not have the same protective effect on the brain as those coming from fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

What to Eat to Lower Stroke Risk

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Is your diet related to your risk of stroke? According to new research, people eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods (which are rich in the antioxidant lycopene) are less likely to have a stroke. Another good reason to adopt a diet high in fruits and vegetables. Continue reading

The Truth about Omega-3s

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

People with high levels of omega-3s (fatty acids found in cold-water fish and plant oils) have lower blood pressure and a lower risk of heart disease. Those with low levels are more likely to have memory loss and brain shrinkage as they age. But is it the case that taking omega-3 fish-oil supplements, as 21% of U.S. adults report doing, really help? Get the big picture thanks to this comprehensive Wall Street Journal Article: Continue reading

Chocolate as Stroke Prevention

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you like chocolate? You may be on the right track! I recently wrote about chocolate consumption and how it can help boost brain functions in older adults. A study of more than 37,000 Swedish men now shows that chocolate consumption is also associated with lower risks of stroke in men. Continue reading

Consuming Omega-3s May Lower Alzheimer’s Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Omega-3s, which can be found in fish, soy and nuts, are known to be essential for brain health. A recent study suggests that they may also help lower blood levels of beta-amyloid, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Bad Fats are Bad for the Brain Too

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Fat can be good (e.g., monounsaturated fats) or bad (e.g., saturated fats). How much of which type of fat we ingest can affect our health in general. How about our brain health? A new study has found a link between saturated fats and a decline in memory and overall cognition, and by contrast, a link between monounsaturated fats and better overall cognitive function and memory. Continue reading

Is Fish Good for the Brain?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Have you heard that fish is good for the brain? Do you wonder why? What is the evidence that it has a positive impact on brain functions?

What is good in fish?
Fish, especially cold-water fish, contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA, which are known to be essential for good brain health. These fish include halibut, mackerel, salmon, trout, and tuna. DHA is not produced naturally by our body and need to be acquired through our diet. Continue reading

The Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risks of Cognitive Decline

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

What you eat affects  your body health but also your brain health.
One of the best brain-healthy diets seems to be the Mediterranean diet: What is it and why is it good for the brain? Continue reading

Healthy Food for a Better Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We have all heard about special diets for people with heart problems. But did you know that some foods are also specifically good for brain health? Here are the main components of our diet that seem to have a positive effect on brain functions: Continue reading