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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Daily Dose

Want brain power? Doctor says to mind your diet.

Can what you eat actually affect how well your brain ages? That’s been a subject of heated debate as some scientists race to identify gene mutations linked to Alzheimer’s disease while others home in on nutrients that appear to protect against dementia and keep our brains sharp through the years.

Vegetarian activist Dr. Neal Barnard, a clinical researcher and adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine, believes the balance tips more toward diet than genes and advocates for a complete avoidance of animal products in his new book “Power Foods for the Brain.”

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