As the executive director of the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), I am always on the lookout for brain-healthy foods. I scan grocery aisles for chocolate bars with more than 70 percent cocoa, feel that I’m stimulating my brain when I down my morning coffee and even feel virtuous when drinking a glass or two of red wine. Turns out all my assumptions have been wrong.
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We know that organic produce is healthier for us because it contains fewer pesticides, but did you know that organic milk has significantly more heart-healthy fatty acids than milk from conventional dairy farms?
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As AARP health writer Elizabeth Agnvall reported last week, a large new study finds that women in their 50s and 60s who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fruits, fish, grains and olive oil were 46 percent more likely to be free of chronic disease and memory problems in their 70s.
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Omega-3 fish oils, found in supplements as well as fatty fish like salmon and sardines, have been touted for their health benefits, including protecting against heart disease.
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Does following a vegetarian diet really help you live longer? Or, as the comedians might say, does it just feel longer?
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Older adults who regularly eat fish high in omega-3 fatty acids - primarily oily varieties like salmon, mackerel, albacore tuna and trout - may add years to their lives, as compared with those age 65-plus who don't, new research finds. The fatty-fish eaters may also be able to reduce their chances of dying from heart disease by more than a third.
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