Diet and Brain Health

What’s For Dinner, Mom? Improved Mental Health Is Top Of The Menu!

A new study conducted in the UK evaluated the difference a vegetable can make for almost 9000 middle-school and elementary-school children. Not surprisingly, the kids with higher intake of fruits and vegetables fared much better on mental well-being scores than those who at little or no fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.… read more

5 Nutrition Tips for a Better Brain

It’s an age-old mantra: you are what you eat. So apparently I’m a basket of sweet potato fries. But, seriously? Like most Americans, I think I’m doing just fine. Generally healthy, busy lifestyle with work and family, I even occasionally go hiking or work out at the gym. Maybe I’m a little fluffier and more… read more

The Top 5 Podcasts for Brain Health

We want to do everything possible to keep our brains in top-notch condition, but finding the best resources isn’t always easy. Who are the experts we should be listening to? The team at Modern Brain Journal scoured the podcast community to find five of the best shows on brain health. We picked shows with two… read more

Heal Your Gut, Help Your Depression

Science and media have increasingly communicated a powerful connection between the brain and the gut. We now know that gut microbiota impacts hormonal and neurotransmitter activity in the brain, which affects everything from appetite to focus to mood. According to a recent publication in Nature Communications scientists have now found a specific bacteria that can… read more

The Shocking Holiday Indulgences That Could Reduce Age-related Cognitive Decline

Just in time for the holidays, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published some encouraging news: Minor dietary changes could reduce the decline of fluid intelligence as we age! The impact of healthy eating choices such as the Mediterranean diet on brain function has been well researched. While this concept is firmly established, there is still… read more

Chocolate For A Brain Boost!

Its time for semester finals and students are scrambling for a brain boost. Chocolate to the rescue! A new scientific report published in Nature reveals the positive impact of flavanols on cerebral blood flow and cognitive function. Scientists worked with young adults to evaluate the interaction of cocoa flavanols in the brain. What they discovered… read more

Obesity and Alzheimer’s

Obesity and increased body mass index (BMI) is associated with a myriad of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Recent research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease confirmed a correlation between higher BMI and decreased brain activity and blood flow. This diminished cerebral perfusion can result in cognitive and psychological deficits including… read more

A Toast To Brain Health

The media has been full of stories on unhealthy repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a rise in the purchase of alcoholic beverages. Obviously we all agree that overindulging in alcohol is harmful for body and brain. Yet is a glass of wine after a stressful day altogether a bad thing? New research published by… read more

The Quarantine-15 and Your Brain

If you are like most people, this season of quarantine has brought significant lifestyle changes. Working and schooling at home allow for snack-time at all hours of the day (or night!), the gym is closed for that early-morning workout, and economic stresses translate to cheaper and typically less-healthy grocery options. Thus the “Quarantine-15”… gradual weight-gain,… read more

3 Ways to a New Brain for the New Year

(Back by popular demand…re-post from 1 year ago!) It was the evening of January 1st when my oldest son garnered the family’s attention at the dinner table. “It’s New Year’s Day,” he announced with a dramatic flair, “and I’ve got something important to tell you all.” While his tone was serious, I detected a twinkle… read more