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5 Best Foods for Your Brain

By    |   Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 07:09 PM

Eating foods that are good for your brain is smart. The most intellect-friendly dietary choices contain ingredients that boost brain power while also protecting the body’s most important muscle from hazards that might cause it to decline.

Here’s some food for thought about the best choices for brain-healthy eating.

Blueberries
“Brainberries" is the term author and physician Steven Pratt uses to describe blueberries, according to WebMD. Researchers studying animals have determined that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the damage from age-related conditions like dementia, WebMD said. It added that studies found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved the motor skills and learning capacity of aging rats.

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Avocadoes
Avocados promote brain health almost as effectively as blueberries, according to Pratt. He said the avocado contains a lot of monounsaturated, or “good,” fat, which promotes healthy blood flow that contributes to a healthy brain. Pratt said avocadoes also lower blood pressure, which promotes brain health because high blood pressure puts a person at risk for a decline in cognitive abilities, WebMD reported.

Leafy Green Vegetables
Stir-fries, pile salads and side dishes with Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are filled with powerful, brain protecting ingredients, including antioxidants such as Vitamin C and plant compounds called carotenoids, reported Prevention magazine. It said antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, or waste products it produces when cells create energy using fuel. “Your brain is especially vulnerable to damage from free radicals because it uses a lot of fuel (it’s only about 3 percent of your body weight but uses up to 17 percent of your energy),” Prevention said.

Fish
Fish have long been considered “brain food” because they contain large quantities of omega-3 fatty acids that improve brain maintenance and development, according to the Mercola natural health website. It indicated that in addition to considerable research that shows diets high in those acids lowers your risk of dementia, studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that “a diet high in fish and fish products is associated with better cognitive performance” and “higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids were associated with less decline in the speed-related cognitive domains.”

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Whole Grains
Blood glucose (sugar) is the body’s main source of fuel, and a decrease in blood glucose levels causes people to feel tired and crabby while having trouble concentrating, Prevention magazine said. But fiber-rich foods such as oatmeal, oat bran and brown rice can help stabilize blood glucose levels and avoid that, the website said.

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