Brain Health: More Diet than Destiny
Of all the organs in our body, the brain is the one most easily damaged by a poor diet. From its very architecture to its ability to perform, everything in the brain calls out for the proper food. In fact, the only way for the brain to receive nourishment is through our diet. Day after day, the foods we eat are broken down into nutrients, taken up into the bloodstream and carried to the brain to replenish depleted storage, activate cellular reactions, and finally, to be incorporated into our very brain tissue.
After rigorous study, it turns out that eating the wrong foods affects far more than our waistlines. When we eat a fatty, sugary meal and experience symptoms like sluggishness, brain fog, drowsiness -- what many of us don’t realize is that these symptoms originate not in the stomach but in the brain. The latest research, including my own work, indicates that a poor diet causes the loss of key structural and functional elements in the brain, with an aggressively higher vulnerability to brain aging and dementia. Our published studies are here.
This work is funded by National Institute of Health/ National Institute on Aging grants AG035137 and AG022374; funding from the Dept. of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College; and philanthropic support of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program.