The Power of the Plant

These plant-based foods are powerhouses of nutrition—and flavor.

The Power of the Plant

You can give your diet a healthy boost by eating plant-based foods, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with just leafy greens. These common plant-based foods are readily available at your supermarket—and they’re just what your body needs.

Provided by Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine


Quinoa

This super-nutritious seed packs serious nutrients: It’s a complete protein that’s high in iron, fiber, magnesium and zinc. Plus, it’s gluten free.

Try It: Use this nutty “grain” as a side instead of rice, in a grain and vegetable salad or even in place of your morning oatmeal.

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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