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Power Foods to Fight Alzheimer’s

TEDx: Lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease by making certain choices at mealtime. Watch Dr. Neal Barnard, nutrition researcher at George Washington University and author of "Power Foods for the Brain." (Video)

(NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice. )

Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Barnard has authored over 70 scientific publications as well as 17 books. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

Dr. Barnard’s book, “Power Foods for the Brain”, is available on

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Deane Alban
Deane Alban
December 19, 2013 4:04 pm

I'd love to see Dr. Barnard and Dr. Perlmutter (author of Grain Brain) debate this topic. Their ideas about the best diet are directly opposite. I think Barnard's uber-low-fat diet is way off base. Your brain is 60% fat. Why eat a diet that contains no added fat? High fat foods like coconut oil have been found to be very beneficial for the brain. In his book Barnard says you should use NO added fat. He says if you want olive oil, eat olives.

July 12, 2014 6:34 am

(J E Galvin. Pass the grain; spare the brain. Neurology 2007 69(11):1072 – 1073.) "Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia with an estimated US prevalence of over 5 million. Recent discoveries have focused on identifying biomarkers for early detection of disease, and a great deal of information is available on amyloid processing. However, to date, there have been few data to suggest how the progressive course of AD can be modified in symptomatic patients for clinically meaningful outcomes. In this issue of Neurology®, Scarmeas and colleagues report on the benefit of adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MeDi) on reducing mortality in AD.1 The MeDi is characterized by high intake of cereals, vegetables, legumes, fruits, and fish in association with a high intake of unsaturated fatty acids (such …"

June 18, 2015 5:24 pm

Oh, for the vegetarian-grains are good-they live longer bullshart to end! And please, BOTTLED WATER??? As if that wasn't delivered through copper piping and then soaking up toxins for weeks or months before you drink it???? Mediterranean Diet. Bone Broths. Gut biome health. Coconut Oil (no, not MCT). Healthy fish fat/krill oils. Filter your water if needed. Puhleeze!!

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