Brain Food: how to eat for maximum brain power and health from an expert in both neuroscience and nutrition.
Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. And in this eye-opening book from an author who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, we learn what should be on our menu.
Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any idea what they might be. Her innovative approach to cognitive health incorporates concepts that most doctors have yet to learn. Busting through advice based on pseudoscience, Dr. Mosconi provides recommendations for a complete food plan, while calling out noteworthy surprises, including why that paleo diet you are following may not be ideal, why avoiding gluten may be a terrible mistake, and how simply getting enough water can dramatically improve alertness.
Including comprehensive lists of what to eat and what to avoid, a detailed quiz that will tell you where you are on the brain health spectrum, and 24 mouth-watering brain-boosting recipes that grow out of Dr. Mosconi’s own childhood in Italy, Brain Food gives us the ultimate plan for a healthy brain. Brain Food will appeal to anyone looking to improve memory, prevent cognitive decline, eliminate brain fog, lift depression, or just sharpen their edge.
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Advance Praise for BRAIN FOOD
“At last we are beginning to acknowledge how important nutrition is to brain health. And in Brain Food we have a superb guide! As a neuroscientist with a degree in nutrition, Dr. Lisa Mosconi gives us powerful advice on how to eat for maximum brain power as well as maximum pleasure. Highly recommended!”
— Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times Bestseller, The Blood Sugar solution, and Eat Fat, Get Thin
“In an era of confusion about what we should eat, Brain Food is a shining light. This is the straight story about “neuro-nutrition” firmly rooted in research by a neuroscientist who has a deep understanding of how food affects our cognitive health. Dr. Mosconi gives us advice we can easily implement into our lives and a story about the science behind it that is both delightful and accessible. A must read!”
— Elissa Epel, PhD, Professor, UCSF, New York Times Bestseller, The Telomere Effect
“Dr. Mosconi's accomplished credentials spanning both neuroscience and nutrition are wholly unique. This book represents the first time her studies on the interaction between food and long-term cognitive function reach a general audience... From the lab to the kitchen, this is extremely valuable and urgent advice, complete with recommendations that any one of us can take.”
— Richard S. Isaacson, MD, author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Diet, and Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient & Family Guide
“If we knew what our brains looked like, we’d take better care of them. Often surprising, always accessible, this fascinating book not only reveals the science behind neuro-nutrition, it shows us what we could be eating for maximum brain power.”
— Sara Gottfried, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Younger, The Hormone Reset Diet, and The Hormone Cure
“Brain Food is a critically important book. Food is medicine or it is poison. The brain uses 20-30% of the calories you consume. If you want to keep and save your brain you have to get your food right. Brain Food will help you do just that in a delicious, easy way.”
— Daniel G. Amen, MD, Founder, Amen Clinics and author of New York Times bestselling author of Memory Rescue, and Use Your Brain to Change Your Age
“Can a Mediterranean diet help avert Alzheimer’s? Dr. Mosconi’s persuasive account of the surprising connection between food and brain health sparkles with well-researched nutritional evidence. Brain Food offers culinary wisdom and reasons for hope in equal measure.”
— Richard Wrangham, PhD, Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human
“Scientists know that diet plays a huge role in brain health--and now Brain Food distills this research into a practical guide. Dr. Mosconi provides accessible advice and lots of options for fueling your brain and aging well. This is an empowering resource for anyone who wants to take their brain health into their own hands (and spoons, and forks).”
— Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress
"This is one of the most exciting reads on brain health that I have ever come across. As well as the fascinating and relatable science, Dr Mosconi has expertly complemented the wealth information with delicious recipes influenced by her work and emerging research into gut health. A doctor after my own heart! I cannot recommend this book enough and it gives yet further evidence about the true power of nutrition on our health"
— Rupy Aujla, MD, author of The Doctor’s Kitchen
"Natural food, rooted in the Mediterranean style and gut-friendly, is the miracle pill we have the opportunity to ingest 3 x a day for a healthy brain and body. Dr Lisa Mosconi explains the science and how to reap the benefits of foods in all their complexities and synergies eaten with pleasure at each meal."
— Jeannette Hyde, author of The Gut Makeover