Healthy Mind

Eating Right Improves Your Odds of Avoiding Mental Decline

Heres more evidence that eating right is good for your brain-and that a diet low in key nutrients and high in unhealthy fats may actually contribute to cognitive decline with aging. Researchers report that older adults with higher blood levels of the B vitamins, vitamins C, D and E and omega-3s scored better on tests of mental performance and showed healthier brains in MRI scans. But older adults with high levels of trans fats, a sign of an unhealthy diet, scored worse on cognitive tests and had lower brain volume.

Mediterranean Diet May Protect Brains Small Blood Vessels

Heres more evidence that eating like a Mediterranean may be good for your brain

Pick Berries to Protect Your Aging Brain

Those berries adorning your breakfast cereal or topping your yogurt may be doing more than merely adding fruity flavor to your day

Pick Strawberries to Benefit Your Heart and Brain

With blueberries and more exotic fruits like aai getting so much press, its easy to overlook the health benefits of the good old strawberry.

Dehydration Affects Your Mood

Dehydration has long been known to compromise physical performance. Now, a new Tufts study provides insight into the effects of mild dehydration on young athletes, and possibly into the lives of people too busy to consume enough water daily. About 30 male and female Tufts students were assigned to either a dehydration group not given fluids during athletics, or a control group that was given water. Participants weighed in before and after athletics to assess body water loss. After athletic activity, participants underwent cognitive tests, which included short-term memory and mood scales.

Trans Fats Tied to Depression Risk

Could trans fats be making you blue-and not just because of their dangerous effects on your heart health? A new Spanish study of more than 12,000 men and women reports that those consuming the highest level of trans fats were 48% more likely to suffer from depression. People consuming the most healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats, on the other hand, saw a lower incidence of depression
Tai Chi

Tai Chi Helps Relieve Depression in People Over 60

Feeling blue? Maybe the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi can help. Researchers at UCLA report that a gentle, Westernized version of tai chi, when paired with a standard depression drug among a group of depressed elderly adults, led to greater improvements in depression

Women Who Drink Coffee Less Prone to Depression

offee may do more than merely perk you up in the morning: Over time, it might also reduce your risk of depression

Chewing Gum May Perk You Up

Can chewing gum help keep you alert? Thats the suggestion of a new British study

Trans Fats Make You Grouchy

Maybe its the French fries and bear claws that are making you angry