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Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory

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Could your breakfast or lunch be harming your memory?

Are you missing out on the foods that could prevent Alzheimer's disease?

Everyone knows good nutrition supports your overall health, but few realize that certain foods-power foods-can protect your brain and optimize its function, and even dramatically reduce your risk of Alzheimer's Disease. Now, New York Times bestsell
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Grand Central Life & Style (first published January 1st 2013)
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David
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book about how to help your brain. These are the concrete steps that will help improve the health of your brain, and reduce the risk of certain debilitating diseases. Most notably, Alzheimer's disease is the most dreadful. Dr. Neal Barnard goes through all of the ideas that people have advanced for avoiding Alzheimer's disease. He focuses on the lifestyle approaches that might really help. Some commonly held ideas have no scientific evidence, but do have some anecdotal suppor ...more
Lindsey
Informative read on the various changes you can make to your diet and lifestyle to help protect your brain from dementia/Alzheimer's.

Some random points that have stuck with me since finishing the book...

Avoid aluminum as much as possible.

The more education you have, the better off you are, but I think it's just because that's correlated with a love of learning, so even if you don't have a lot of education, as long as you keep independently learning, you are probably just as protected.

Exercise (i
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Jean
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting ideas but my primary comment on this book is: FURTHER STUDIES ARE NEEDED. The author sites study after study to support his various ideas, but most studies are one- timers or don't include enough participants to make a scientific case for them. ...more
Diane
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks-read
Having begun 2013 with a goal of eating healthier, Power Foods for the Brain, by Neal Barnard, M.D., seemed like a book worth taking a look at. Dr. Barnard suggests that eating a plant-based diet, increasing time spent exercising and getting more sleep might protect you from developing memory problems later in life. The book focuses on 4 food groups we should eat more of: fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and he also recommends that you keep oil intake low. He believes it is these food group ...more
Max
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nutrition, health
Great, informative but needs more studies and the recipes need a good check I think.
Michelle
Hmm. Well, some of the research the author matter-of-factly states is in fact rather more dubious or has conflicting evidence. And the nutrition information on the recipes is wildly improbable. Ran several through a nutrition calculator and did not get AT ALL what the book stated. In once instance, a smoothie with just a few grams of protein was instantly credited with 104 grams when turned into a parfait with oats or granola. That one was surely just a typo, I hope. I also did not see much trea ...more
JJ
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014_books
love eating, and it is quite difficult for me to control my food cravings. This book makes some suggestions for how to conquer food cravings as well as sharpen our memory.

In this book three steps are introduced for the brain:

The first step is to take power foods. Vitamin E is a must to take. Included are broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, and nuts & seeds. We should also take natural fats such as omega-3 oil. Aluminum is very dangerous for our heath, so it is better to use aluminum-fr
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K M
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-cooking
Lots of great info on protecting your brain through a plant based diet, physical exercise, and exercising your brain. Very inspiring - the author suggests giving it a try for 21 days. I am psyching myself up to try - wish me luck.
Summer
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Some good information for those concerned with memory and brain health as you grow older. There are some great suggestions for genereally making good food choices. I just can't commit to being fully vegan, which is what the final recommendation comes down to. ...more
Donna
Dec 09, 2019 added it
Excellent resource for both beginning a vegan diet and for preventing Alzheimer’s.
Saravana Sastha Kumar
A very insightful book on health and food relationship particularly to the functioning of brain. Only rating 3 as half the book is on food menu.
Kevin
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is ok. Published in 2013 so some of the ideas are outdated with current research, but not a bad starting point to figure out some things to avoid or to eat if you want to keep your mind working at peak proficiency.
Elyse  Walters
The focus of Dr. Neal D. Bernard's new book is focused on BRAIN HEALTH!

Having read other books by Bernard, Joseph Mercola, Mark Hyman, Joel Fuhrman, Gary Null, Gabriel Cousins, Dean Ornish, Michael Pollen, etc. etc. --I suppose its fair to say, I have an interest in a healthy living lifestyle.

I 'still' find it valuable to reinforce information I've read (different ways) --a dozen times. I don't want to 'only' read 'health' books ---but I will include a few per year --trying to encourage myself
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Robert Luebke
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read many books on nutrition and diet to delay or prevent alzheimer's disease. I feel this is the best book that I have read on this topic. Dr. Neal Barnard presents scientific evidence for his nutritional recommendations and presents it in an interesting manner. He also presents nutrional recipes at he end of the book. Dr. Barnard also lists at the end of the book all the scientific references chapter by chapter. I highly recommend this book for anyone with concerns or family history of ...more
Ann
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a vegan who eats healthily and exercises, there wasn't a lot new for me in this, but Barnard's research is interesting and my guess is that most Americans don't know this info. I was surprised at his strong recommendation to not eat meat, milk and egg products, and liked how he looked at many common medicines that may be causing memory loss or other brain problems. Lots of great recipes at the end for people who want to try a healthier diet. ...more
Kate Bishop
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I have been using it as a reference guide type book, and would highly recommend it to anyone concerned about their cognitive abilities: Young adults who want to protect the brain from damage that can lead to dementia; or older adults who have memory lapses, etc. It is very insightful, educational, and can be put to use easily.
Julie
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great resource for anyone who fears dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and overall cognitive decline. Barnard presents valid research to show how/why so many deal with these horrible conditions. He presents 3 easy steps to take to help prevent and ensure that you keep your facilities late into your life. Don't live in fear, nutrition is powerful!!! ...more
Carol DeNooyer
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Barnard's book is a great read if you want to eat healthy for your brain and heart. He goes beyond food too. It has prompted me to make some big changes in eating to more plant-based. I am looking forward to trying the recipes included. ...more
Turi
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Since my Dad has Alzheimer's , I wanted to read this book. It was very helpful and all ideas and suggestions backed by scientific research. Another good reason to eat a plant based diet. ...more
Glenn
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
excellent recommendations for healthy eating / living.
many recipes at the back of the book are irresistible.
Abe Surde
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Meat bad. Veggies good. That's the sum of the book. There were some useful tidbits for why this is the case and heck, if it helps us eat more of the green stuff and less of the moo-ing and oinking four-legged creatures, I can get behind that, until I get a whiff of bacon fryin' in a pan. I try, but that bacon gets me every time.

That said, after reading this book, I certainly upped my veggie intake and decreased my burger buying. However, me thinks Dr. Barnard might be a little skewed in his fac
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Dawn
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having chosen to read a book 0n improving the brain (several actually), I am kind of feeling like I'm getting old. Because who are the people who get concerned about their memory or their concentration?? That's right, old people. So I guess I am officially getting old.

I am familiar with Dr. Barnard's health views already, he is a very vocal proponent of a whole food, plant based, no oil, diet. Thus his solution to improving your brain health was not a surprise. But he did have some good suggest
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Hoa Tran
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book about a healthy lifestyle. It has been more than a year since I became a full-time vegetarian (vegan soon) and I can assure that it's an excellent change; this book just approved that I am right.
I am happy to see my veggies circle is enlarging and people are more aware of protecting themselves by adjusting their eating habit. If you are still struggling, this book can help.
Though being a Vegetarian/ Vegan/ Pescatarian or a Meat eater is just the choice of each one, some choices pr
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Benjamin Torres
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
It is a quite concise book, with good tips on how to avoid problems of the brain/mind generally associated with age.
Basically one should eat a plant based whole food diet, excercise the brain with reading and solving puzzles, excercise the body regularly, and consume B12 supplements, and if necessary also vitamins D, E and B6.
It promotes a vegan diet, which I am all up for, but the studies and evidence cited where not that impressive. My main reason to avoid animal products is not my health is
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Franta
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't need this book, but I am interested in the topic and this book was recommended by believable people.
The book is reasonably well written and explained, but the big problem is that the recommended diet ( and various solutions to health problems) is presented as the ultimate best solution, while it is not scientifically proven to work.
I disagree with many of the recommendations and have great long-term experience with different solutions.
There is a lot of information and ideas that I would
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Bindu Reddy
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A stellar book. I have been reading a lot of similar books off late, transitioning into a plant based diet. And this book exceeds expectations on both narration and information. Other books I have picked up were nice too but I found them wanting in narrative flow, and even the focus kinda seemed not too tight. This book has both in plenty and so much more to offer.

The writer first lists out all the metals that our brain needs, those which are dangerous when exceeded, and how to prevent that. An
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Jeff Birk
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
Was reading an article which discussed things to do/foods to eliminate and eat to enhance brain power. Read this book and it has inspired me over the last week to make some changes. The main things I’m concentrating on now are an elimination of refined sugar and decreasing my meat intake to maybe once per week. Brittany is obviously thrilled. Snacks at work are out and I’ve cleaned out my “chocolate” drawer. He also talked about brain exercises and good learning habits to stay mentally active as ...more
Jagoda
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good read to build up on my plant-based/whole foods knowledge. I like the recipe ideas for people who are just starting out with switching to whole foods plant-based. I am definitely someone who is interested in the science aspect of foods and various minerals/macronutrients/micronutrients, and the book clearly describes a lot of these. If you do read it, there are also many helpful tips and tricks for improving your memory, which I find helpful now that every task has to be done online and th ...more
Tosh
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great book on how foods - and lifestyle - affect your brain.
A must-read for anyone that considers his/her own health and the health of loved ones an important thing. For me, it is the most important.
If you worry about diseases that can affect your brain in some way and you want to control the chances - read the book :) It is quite well said, that genes can be unlocked only by our choices in life - learn which ones are the healthy ones, it is all in YOUR hands ;)

I personally listened to it fr
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May Deng
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like that this book provide tips and advice on how to protect your mind and strengthen your memory. Both things are important. There are so many things that can affect your mind and memory. We have to work at protecting our minds and strengthening our memories. I believe that it is best to stay healthy in all ways. We have to take care of our bodies and minds. I also think that it is best to live stress free.
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Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Barnard conducts studies on the role of nutrition in diabetes, obesity, and lipid management, among other health issues. His most recent clinical trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, established the v ...more

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