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Publisher's Summary

Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat, change the way you think about how your brain ages, and achieve optimal brain performance with this powerful new guide 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 the workings of the human brain and his mother's condition. For the better half of a decade, he consumed the most up-to-date scientific research, talked to dozens of scientists and clinicians around the world, and visited the country's very best neurology departments. 

Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain health, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a healthy, balanced mood. He presents ground-breaking science and distills the latest research, including:

  • How food is like software for our endlessly capable minds; 
  • How select nutrients can actually boost working memory and processing speed; 
  • How slowing down the cognitive aging process is just as much about the foods you omit from your diet as the superfoods that you consume; 
  • And how easy it is to modulate the quality of your thoughts and mood by food. 

In the vein of groundbreaking best sellers such as David Perlmutter's Grain Brain, Tim Ferriss' Four Hour Body, and Dave Asprey's Bulletproof Diet, Genius Foods presents a comprehensive, practical roadmap to optimizing the brain's health and performance today - and decades into the future.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the supplemental reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2018 Max Lugavere (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good book.

It is produced very well, easy to listen too and Lots and Lots of "food for thought". I crack myself up... seriously good stuff.

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Life changing!

My mother has Alzheimers and my father has Parkinsons. After extensive research, this book provides the most hope I have found for helping them both... and also trying to safeguard my brain & health as much as possible. This should be required reading for all - doctors included! Incredible material.

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Fantastic Listen and Learn!

1. Max has an awesome voice and sense of humor, making this likely the most enjoyable and funny nutrition book in the history of the universe.
2. Science. All the science. Max used his journalistic integrity and genuine heart to find the truth in our understanding of food as genetic information, rather than touting fad diets.
3. Definitely need to buy the physical book! While it is a great listen, I found myself wishing I could highlight and flag pages in what will soon be a favorite reference text in my medical library.

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Great information

Every chapter is full of good medical information (in words a non-medical person can understand) on health and how the food we eat affects our body and brain. This book will make it easy to change the sugar and carb cravings because I now understand how my body and brain will be helped or HURT by them. The author's voice is very pleasant and I'll listen to this book often.

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A Great Guide to Overall Health and We’ll Being

Great insights on how certain foods and lifestyle choices that can positively affect your life. While some of these things were already known before listening, I really learned a lot about things to look out for. I’ve made several life style changes based on this book. I really enjoyed listening to this book and have recommended it to countless family members and friends.

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A book you have to get your head around!

It is beyond amazing the intricate detail that went into the formation of a human”body” and this read certainly helps to reveal the reality of that detail and how to optimize our health.
A truly GREAT read!

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great info got kindle ver for reference.

great info just got kindle ver for search and review super foundation for my own science project 69 yr old me.

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Book of the year so far!

Such a great read. Max and Paul really put together a comprehensive guide on how we should be eating to live the longest possible.

Thank you guys!

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Genius Book!

What made the experience of listening to Genius Foods the most enjoyable?

One of the best books I've ever read/listened to on health. Must-read for everyone.

What did you like best about this story?

It's easy to listen to and understand, with some nice humor occasionally interwoven throughout.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes -- but not enough time to do that.

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Just when I thought I knew everything...

If you could sum up Genius Foods in three words, what would they be?

Planned, executed, delivered!

What other book might you compare Genius Foods to and why?

Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter

Which character – as performed by Max Lugavere – was your favorite?

Max

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book flowed nicely and it moved me from covered to cover.

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  • adam smith
  • 04-26-18

Greatly written, endless nutrition and health gems in this book

Hello I’m Adam 30 an engineering draughtsman, and a amateur Mma fighter! I have just finished the audible, and it has confirmed a lot of what I am doing is correct but also I gain a vast amount of knowledge regarding brain health which I have been adapting my diet towards ever since starting this book! I advise anyone that is interested in living a long and healthy life .....buy this book it is a must have the knowledge you gain is priceless if you apply it you will have improve your life no end. Thank you for reading this review and I hope it helps

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  • Nicola Belfrage
  • 07-20-18

Inspirational

Excellent book. Compelling arguments presented clearly with scientific backup - not overwhelmingly however. It all makes sense. I am a 100% convert. The good thing is he is not prescriptive. Merely suggests food and l

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-21-18

help for Healthspan

the content's of this book are vitally important. Read and optimise your brain and life.

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  • C. Hunt
  • 08-21-18

Brilliant.info you need for healthy living!

The information gives you the impetus to want to practice a healthier lifestyle! Thank you!

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  • 05-30-18

Fantastic and empowering

This book highlights how we can all simply rediscover real food and improve our health. A good combination of practical application underpinned by research. I have since bought the hard cover for family.

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  • Natalie
  • 04-28-18

WOW! love this book.<br />

I've read an enormous amount of books based on diet and lifestyle in order to be the best person I can be now and in the future.
What I love about this book is not only the solid science but the clear explanations, perfect for the non scientific community and great narration. Beautifully written and full of life changing advice.
I will be buying this for all those I love, as this book really has the potential to change lives enormously for the better.
Thank you Max Lugavere, I will be earnestly following you in the future.
On a final note what I really appreciate is at the end of the book the author spoke about questioning everything, including this book and not to get stuck with one idea of diet and health as science is always evolving and ( putting our egos aside) we should all remain open to new ways of thinking.

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  • FrancescoFucci
  • 04-09-18

Great

A complete overview on all the methods to stay better and prevent neuro degenerative illness. A lot of things we should know...

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  • 07-29-18

the most insightful book I have listened to

this book was one of the most educational and insightful books on health that I have ever come across. I have started to implement a lot of the advice contained in this book

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  • Don
  • 08-15-18

Must read

Every parent needs to read and understand the effect of food in the body so they can guide their children to make smart life decisions. read this and it will change your life. thank you for your effort, love your work!!

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  • dorothy Soper
  • 04-07-18

All the info you need

i found this to be all I will need to improve my chances of brain health.

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  • Nicholas Egan
  • 03-31-18

highly recommend

Great informantive book on nutrition and how it interacts with your body. With some humour thrown in.