Nutrition for Best Brain Health

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Your diet can be your best defense against dementia.
Air Date: 11/24/17
Duration: 28:28
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Steven Masley, MD
Dr. MasleySteven Masley, MD, is a physician, nutritionist, trained-chef, author, and the creator of the #1 all-time health program for Public Television, 30 Days to a Younger Heart. He helps motivated people tune up their brain, heart, and sexual performance.

Dr. Masley is a fellow with three prestigious organizations: the American Heart Association, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. His research focuses on the impact of lifestyle choices on heart health, brain function, and aging.

Dr. Masley’s passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive assessments and lifestyle changes. As a best-selling author, he has published several books: Ten Years Younger, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, Smart Fat, and his latest book, The Better Brain Solution, plus numerous scientific articles. His work has been viewed by millions on PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, and in over 500 media interviews.

He continues to see patients and publish research from his medical clinic in St. Petersburg Florida, and he offers weekly blogs on his website.
  • Book Title: The Better Brain Solution
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/masleymd
  • Guest Twitter Account: @StevenMasley
Nutrition for Best Brain Health
The number-one reason for memory loss, brain fog and impacted brain function is abnormal blood sugar control. Failure to meet nutritional needs and activity causes brain cell dysfunction.

This factor can be remedied.

Insulin resistance plays a large role in cognitive decline. Our brain cells don’t have much storage capacity for excessive energy from glucose. Brain decline begins when there’s more sugar than the brain can use. Reducing excess insulin doesn’t eliminate excess beta amyloid, the sticky protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutrition can be controlled. Eat at least one cup of green leafy vegetables per day. Colorful fruits and vegetables are good for you. Smart fats can improve your cognitive function and help prevent memory loss. Avoid foods that cause a high glycemic spike.

High mercury levels are dangerous for the brain. Big-mouth fish (tuna, grouper, snapper and swordfish) have elevated mercury levels. Don’t eat them more than once or twice a month.

Pesticides contribute to dementia. Eat clean, organic food.

Nitrosamines are preservatives used to increase shelf life of meats. Bacon, lunch meat and hot dogs contain these carcinogens that are neurotoxic. Visit a health food store for your convenient meat fix if you can’t eliminate it from your diet.

Listen as Dr. Steven Masley joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to discuss how your nutrition can help your brain function.