This month I am highlighting the book “The XX Brain – The Groundbreaking Science Empowering Women to Maximize Cognitive Health and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.” by Dr. Lisa Mosconi, PhD. This book has forever changed the way I think about my brain health!

Women are far more likely than men to suffer from anxiety, depression, migraines, brain injuries, strokes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. However, through the lens of ‘Women’s Health’, women’s brains will not make the cut. Now, the director of the Women’s Brain Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College gives women the first plan to address the unique risks and strengths of the female brain.

Until now, medical research has focused on “bikini medicine,” assuming that women are essentially men with breasts and tubes. The XX Brain confronts this crisis by revealing how the two powerful X chromosomes that distinguish women from men impact our brain first and foremost. The XX Brain builds from the recognition that women’s brains age distinctly from men’s, due mostly to the decline of a key brain-protective hormone: estrogen.

Taking on all aspects of women’s health, including brain fog, memory lapses, depression, stress, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, and the increased risk of dementia, Dr. Mosconi introduces cutting-edge, evidence-based approaches to protect the female brain, including a specific diet proven to work for women, stress reduction, and sleep. She also examines the controversy about soy and hormonal replacement therapy, takes on the perils of environmental toxins, and examines the role of our microbiome. Luckily, it is never too late to take care of yourself.

The XX Brain is a rally cry for women to have full access to information regarding what is going on in their brains and bodies, and a roadmap for the path to optimal, lifelong brain health.

Lisa Mosconi, PhD, is the director of the Women’s Brain Initiative and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College, where she serves as an associate professor of neuroscience in neurology and radiology. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Department of Psychiatry. She is the author of “Brain Food.”

For more information about Dr. Mosconi and her book, visit her website