110 Bonnie Kaplan: Play the Complete Micronutrient Orchestra for a better Brain

Jun 26, 2023 | Podcast Episode

THIS EPISODE OF GROWING OLDER LIVING YOUNGER focuses on the importance of the complete orchestra of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, trace elements and phytonutrients) in supporting brain health and optimizing cognitive function. Whether omega-3 fatty acids and B-vitamins or antioxidants such as carotenoids and anthocyanins from colourful fruits and vegetables, we discuss the science supporting their role in enhancing memory, improving focus, and promoting overall brain vitality. And naturally this same complete micronutrient orchestra is equally important to support overall metabolism for optimal wellness and energy.

Today’s Featured Expert is Bonnie Kaplan, PhD. Professor Emerita at the University of Calgary, and co-author, with Julia Rucklidge, of The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition. After obtaining a PhD in experimental psychophysiology and a postdoc at Yale in neuroscience, Bonnie moved to Calgary, Alberta, where she studied developmental problems in children with a focus on the relationship of nutrition to brain development and behavior, at the Department of Pediatrics in the Children’s  Hospital.

Episode Timeline

 [0:11] Introduction to this episode.

 [4:31] The importance of micronutrients and phytonutrients.

[10:27] How  plants respond to predators

[15:38] What is needed to fuel brain function?

[21:27] Nutrigenomics and mental health.

[24:23] Problems with nutrition and longevity.

[29:26] A study on dementia in children.

[35:12] Bonnie’s key takeaway message

Learn more about  Bonnie Kaplan’s work at these links


Instagram: @thebetterbrain

Twitter: @bonnie_kaplan

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/thebetterbrain

Facebook: @thebetterbrain


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