341: Lisa Mosconi on Eating for Brain Health


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Lisa Mosconi holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience and Nuclear Medicine and is a certified Integrative Nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner. At Weil Cornel Medical College in New York, she is the Director of the Women’s Brain Initiative in the Department of Neurology, Associate Director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, and Associate Professor of Neuroscience in Neurology and Radiology. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious medical journals and is the author of 2 books, both of which she and Eric discuss in this episode: Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power and The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women To Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

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In This Interview, Lisa Mosconi and I Discuss the Eating for Brain Health and…

  • Her books, Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power and The XX Brain: The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women To Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease
  • How the foods we eat contribute to our brain health
  • Neuronutrition: the science of how to nourish our brain via the foods we eat
  • How in our health, genes load the gun but lifestyle pulls the trigger
  • Foods you eat have an almost immediate impact on the health and function of your brain
  • The damage that results to your brain from eating a Western diet
  • The brain health benefits of a Mediterranean diet
  • The importance of drinking water – especially to support your brain
  • That the human brain is 80% water and therefore is very sensitive to dehydration
  • The most important foods and nutrients for brain health
  • The beneficial role in the brain of Omega 3 fatty acids in addition to antioxidants
  • Nutritional benefit of whole foods vs supplements
  • Detrimental nature of regular consumption of processed food
  • That health should not be a privilege of the wealthy
  • The energy production and protective roles of estrogen in the brain
  • The unique properties of women’s health and women’s brains
  • How to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through the foods you eat
  • What women can do to support their brains
  • The detrimental nature of chronic stress on women’s brains

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