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“Brain Foods: Do They Exist ?”

Over five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or some other form of dementia and those numbers will jump to 13.8 million by 2050.  One in three seniors dies with (not necessarily from) Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.  Consequently, people are keen to adopt ways of decreasing their chances of dementia and to finding ways to improve function of their brain.  False claims have been rampant with articles pushing the notion that this can be achieved with coffee, cocoa, water, antioxidants, etc.  But, please do not accept a flamboyant, so-called medical headline.  At the 2015 American Psychiatric Association annual meeting, doctors discussed how diet can influence mental health.  Drew Ramsey, MD, assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons stated, “Food is a very effective and underutilized intervention in mental health.  We want to help our patients have more resilient brains by using whole foods…by helping get patients off of processed foods, off of white carbohydrates, and off of certain vegetable oils.”

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