How the Food You Eat Affects Your Brain

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out.

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Why fasting bolsters brain power

Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and amyotrophic […]

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

Dr. Palmer described the experiences of two adults in his practice with schizoaffective disorder who had tried a ketogenic diet. Whereas schizophrenia is characterized primarily by psychotic symptoms, people with schizoaffective disorder have to cope not only with psychosis but also with overlapping periods of severe mood symptoms. Signs of psychosis include paranoia, auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, intrusive thoughts/images, and/or […]

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Metformin Use Linked to Increased Dementia, Parkinson’s Risk in Patients With Diabetes

Long-term use of the diabetes medication metformin may increase the risk for neurodegenerative disease in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), new research suggests. In a cohort study that followed about 9300 patients with T2DM in Taiwan for up to 12 years, the risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD) or Alzheimer’s dementia was more than […]

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The Central Role of Dietary Fat in Forging the Human Brain

There has been a great deal of speculation concerning the dramatic and rapid rate of encephalization of the human brain over the course of our hominin evolution. Our closest primate relative, the chimpanzee has a brain volume of only about 275–500 cm3; only the chimpanzee’s brain hasn’t really changed at all in 7 million years. […]

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Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders

If you have a brain, you need to know about ketogenic diets. The fact that these specially-formulated low-carbohydrate diets have the power to stop seizures in their tracks is concrete evidence that food has a tremendous impact on brain chemistry and should inspire curiosity about how they work. I first became interested in ketogenic diets as […]

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Ketogenic Diets for Psychiatric Disorders: A New 2017 Review

If you have a brain, you need to know about ketogenic diets. The fact that these specially-formulated low-carbohydrate diets have the power to stop seizures in their tracks is concrete evidence that food has a tremendous impact on brain chemistry and should inspire curiosity about how they work. I first became interested in ketogenic diets as […]

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The Potential Role of Gut-Derived Inflammation in Multiple System Atrophy

Recent evidence suggests that Parkinson’s disease (PD) is associated with intestinal microbiota dysbiosis, abnormal intestinal permeability, and intestinal inflammation. Publimed: The Potential Role of Gut-Derived Inflammation in Multiple System Atrophy OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to determine if these gut abnormalities are present in another synucleinopathy, multiple system atrophy (MSA). METHODS: In six MSA and 11 healthy […]

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How Sugar Makes You Sick

Table sugar (sucrose) consists of two bonded molecules: glucose and fructose. Inside the body, the bond is broken and glucose and fructose are released. The bloodstream picks up the glucose molecule and delivers it to any organ or muscle tissue that needs energy. The fructose molecule, however, can be metabolized only by the liver, which […]

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