New York Times Bestseller
Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat and change the way your brain ages, in this cutting-edge, practical guide to eliminating brain fog, optimizing brain health, and achieving peak mental performance from media personality and leading voice in health Max Lugavere.
After his mother was diagnosed with a mysterious form of dementia, Max Lugavere put his successful media career on hold to learn everything he could about brain health and performance. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of leading scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country’s best neurology departments—all in the hopes of understanding his mother’s condition.
Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere presents a comprehensive guide to brain optimization. He uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain functions, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a balanced mood.
Weaving together pioneering research on dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and nutritional psychiatry, Lugavere distills groundbreaking science into actionable lifestyle changes. He shares invaluable insights into how to improve your brain power, including
- the nutrients that can boost your memory and improve mental clarity (and where to find them);
- the foods and tactics that can energize and rejuvenate your brain, no matter your age;
- a brain-boosting fat-loss method so powerful it has been called “biochemical liposuction”; and
- the foods that can improve your happiness, both now and for the long term.
With Genius Foods, Lugavere offers a cutting-edge yet practical road map to eliminating brain fog and optimizing the brain’s health and performance today—and decades into the future.
About the Author
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker, TV personality, and health and science journalist. He is the director of the film Bread Head, the first-ever documentary about dementia prevention through diet and lifestyle. Lugavere has contributed to Medscape, Vice, Fast Company, and the Daily Beast, among others, and is a regularly appearing “core expert” on The Dr. Oz Show. He is a sought-after speaker, invited to lecture at esteemed academic institutions such as the New York Academy of Sciences and Weill Cornell Medicine, and has given keynotes at such events as the Biohacker Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2005 to 2011, Lugavere was a journalist for Al Gore’s Current TV. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book 6
Part 1 You Are What You Eat 11
Chapter 1 The Invisible Problem 13
Genius Food #1 Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 25
Chapter 2 Fantastic Fats and Ominous Oils 27
Genius Food #2 Avocados 59
Chapter 3 Overfed, yet Starving 61
Genius Food #3 Blueberries 89
Chapter 4 Winter Is Coming (For Your Brain) 91
Genius Food #4 Dark Chocolate 115
Part 2 The Interconnectedness of it all (Your Brain Responds) 117
Chapter 5 Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain 119
Genius Food #5 Eggs 143
Chapter 6 Fueling Your Brain 145
Genius Food #6 Grass-Fed Beef 173
Chapter 7 Go with Your Gut 177
Genius Food #7 Dark Leafy Greens 209
Chapter 8 Your Brain's Chemical Switchboard 211
Genius Food #8 Broccoli 243
Part 3 Putting Yourself in the Driver's Seat 245
Chapter 9 Sacred Sleep (and the Hormonal Helpers) 247
Genius Food #9 Wild Salmon 267
Chapter 10 The Virtues of Stress (or, How to Become a More Robust Organism) 269
Genius Food #10 Almonds 297
Chapter 11 The Genius Plan 299
Chapter 12 Recipes and Supplements 323