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Your Brain on FoodHow Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings$
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Gary Wenk

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388541.001.0001

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Brain Enhancement and Other Magical Beliefs

Brain Enhancement and Other Magical Beliefs

(p.145) chapter 9 Brain Enhancement and Other Magical Beliefs
Your Brain on Food

Gary L. Wenk

Oxford University Press

No drugs or nutrients are currently available that can reverse the primary cause of cognitive decline: normal aging. Also, it is currently impossible to enhance the function of a normal brain. These facts have not deterred con artists from placing numerous advertisements on the Internet that claim their products are effective brain boosters or cognition enhancers. In general, these products take advantage of the ability of stimulants to enhance performance. The classic brain stimulants such as coffee, amphetamine, or nicotine, might improve performance, but they do not raise one's IQ score and they do not stop age-related cognitive decline. Overall, the best way to slow the process of aging in your brain and body is to eat less food. A lot less food! Also, stop wasting money on drugs with benefits that are too good to be true: they will not make you wiser or healthier, only poorer.

Keywords:   placebo effect, gingko biloba, sugar, oxygen, neuroprotection, IQ, evolution, vitamins, Alzheimer's, oxygen-free radicals

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