Brain

15 Brain Foods To Boost Focus and Memory – Dr. Axe
What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains. Yes, brain foods matter (especially for our gray matter). See, our bodies don’t like stress. Who does? When we’re stressed out — whether it’s physical, like someone jumps out at you from a dark alley, or mental, like you have a major project due at work — our bodies release inflammatory cytokines. These little chemicals prompt the immune system to kick in and fight back against the stress through inflammation, as though stress is an infection. While inflammation helps protect us against illnesses and repairs the body when you do something like cut yourself, chronic inflammation is a different animal. It’s been linked to autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, anxiety, high blood pressure and more. But what does this all have to do with food? Our gut helps keep our body’s immune responses and inflammation under control. Additionally, gut hormones that enter the brain or are produced in the brain influence cognitive ability, like understanding and processing new information, staying focused on the task at hand and recognizing when we’re full. Plus, brain foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our bodies whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the gut and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape. Of course, some foods are better for your brain than others. I’ve rounded up 15 brain foods you should be eating to feed both your mind and body. With a mix of fruits, veggies, oils and even chocolate (yes, chocolate!), there’s something to please everyone! Turmeric Isn’t it great when a simple spice has amazing health benefits? That’s the case with turmeric, an ancient root that’s been used for its healing properties throughout history. Thanks to curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, the spice is actually one of the most powerful (and natural) anti-inflammatory agents. Turmeric also helps boost antioxidant levels and keep your immune system healthy, while also improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information. Talk about a super spice! Start your day with this brain food and make my Turmeric Eggs and Turmeric Tea. [...]
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A Date to Remember: High Schooler Takes Mom with Brain Cancer to Prom
But earlier this year, a life-altering diagnosis shattered her plan. She found out she has the most aggressive form of brain cancer, and may have only nine to 20 months to live. “I've really tried to keep my head in today,” Huffaker said last Tuesday ... [...]
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Faith 'Never Been Stronger' for Pregnant Woman Delaying Brain Tumor Treatment …
Kim and Phil Vaillancourt were interviewed at their home in Tonawanda, N.Y., March 11, 2016. Shortly after learning she was pregnant, Kim was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer, and was rushed into surgery to remove two tumors that doctors said ... [...]
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Students honor friend who has brain cancer
... High School will release balloons at noon on Monday to honor a classmate recently diagnosed with grade III anaplastic ependymoma, a life-threatening brain cancer. Maddie Williams, 16, is a sophomore who began showing her first symptoms on March. [...]
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Pregnant Woman Delays Treatment for Brain Tumor Until Son Is Born
(TONAWANDA, N.Y.) — An upstate New York woman is counting down the days to her expected delivery next month as she also delays treatment for life-threatening brain cancer. Kim Vaillancourt, 36, was diagnosed with a deadly form of brain cancer called ... [...]
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Kim Vaillancourt: Pregnant Mom With Brain Cancer Refuses Treatment Until After …
For New York mom Kim Vaillancourt, the choice between potentially life-saving cancer treatment and saving the life of her unborn baby is clear. After all, she says, the baby saved her life — now it's her turn to save his. At twenty weeks into her ... [...]
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'Team Cameron' seeks to aid 3-year-old with brain cancer
“It's not just family. It's not just friends. It's this whole town,” said Sara. She detailed the events leading up to the discovery that Cameron would soon be battling a non-germinoma cell tumor. “He was having headaches for about a month,” she said ... [...]
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The fight of his life: Palmyra council president battles brain cancer
“They didn't tell me how long I had to live or anything like that, they just gave me the diagnosis.” Doctors at Penn State Hershey Medical Center told Hennessy he had grade four glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive form of brain cancer, ... [...]
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Real maple syrup shows promise in protecting brain health
"Natural food products such as green tea, red wine, berries, curcumin and pomegranates continue to be studied for their potential benefits in combatting Alzheimer's disease. And now, in preliminary laboratory-based Alzheimer's disease studies, ... [...]
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Miguel Carrasquillo Euthanasia: Brain Cancer Patient Urges Lawmakers To Pass …
Miguel Carrasquillo, a young Latino man dying of brain cancer, has joined forces with Compassion & Choices to urge state lawmakers nationwide to pass laws to give terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying. The 35-year-old chef was ... [...]
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Terminal Mansfield man could have had brain tumour for 10 years
Sandy took part in the Race for Life earlier this year and raised more than £2,280 which she will be donating to the Brain Cancer Trust and wants the money to be used to promote symptom awareness. The most common symptom of a brain tumour is of course ... [...]
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Mom with brain cancer forgoes radiation to give her unborn baby a better …
Last Christmas season, Kim Vaillancourt of Tonawanda, New York, felt like she was coming down flu-like symptoms. She could be forgiven if, out of an “abundance of caution,” she went to the doctor. She and her husband, ... Doctors to the Vaillancourts ... [...]
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Remarkable survival story of brain tumour survivor who was given four months …
She says more research is desperately needed as the symptoms for different brain tumours vary so wildly. For instance, she points out how Debbie McGee, widow of the late magician Paul Daniels, recently told how the first sign of his fatal brain tumour ... [...]
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Compounds show potential in fighting brain, breast cancers
"It is particularly encouraging for brain tumor patients, who do not currently have effective treatment options besides surgery," said Dr. James Turkson, PhD, Chief Academic Lead of the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center and Director of the Natural ... [...]
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Foods To Prevent Brain Disorders
Apple also protects the nerve cells from damage and reduces the risk of lung and prostate cancer as well. Avocado: The minerals present in avocado regenerate the oxygen content in the blood. On the other hand, the antioxidants present in avocado ... [...]
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Faith guides woman after brain cancer diagnosis
ZANESVILLE - This Easter Sunday will begin just like any other Sunday for Cindy Hand-Morehead and her husband, Chuck Morehead: They'll go to church. It's not something to be missed. And as Cindy has been recovering from brain cancer since December ... [...]
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