brain health

  • Go Ahead–Yawn!

    Afraid to risk rudeness and let out a hearty yawn? Well, here’s an excuse to give Miss Manners a hissy fit: According to neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania, yawning is one of the best-kept health secrets.

    By Danielle Winston
  • Build A Better Salad

    Want to boost brain health or eat to beat cancer? Make yourself a salad. Beth Reardon, RD, LDN, at Duke Integrative Medicine, helps you customize your greens.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • For Grade-A Smarts, Try Vitamin A

    Ever wonder why Bugs Bunny always outsmarts Elmer Fudd? Chalk it up to the carrots he eats. Researchers at Harvard University conducted long-term studies on nearly 6,000 men and found that those who supplemented daily with 50 mg of beta-carotene (which your body converts to vitamin A) had significantly better memory, cognitive function, and verbal recognition than those who took a placebo.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • The Buff Brain

    You run marathons, regularly lift weights, and are the Pilates queen. But when’s the last time you worked out your brain? That gray matter needs exertion, too. More than that, it needs variety. Just as you exercise your entire body and all its muscle groups, likewise, you should exercise your entire brain to stay sharp (goodness knows it could use the help).

    Your mind needs a workout just as much as your body.
    By Dan Orzech