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Foods That Make You Smarter
07-17-2012, 10:27 AM
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Foods That Make You Smarter
Want to boost your brainpower? Along with exercise and sleep, what you eat can slow down or fight off certain aspects of the aging process and keep your brain sharp. According to Fernando Gómez-Pinilla, PhD, a neurobiologist at UCLA who studies the impact of certain foods on the brain, the key is to avoid fried foods and add more omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. Omega 3s are essential for normal brain functioning because they are our primary source of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the most abundant omega 3 fatty acid found in the cell membranes of brain cells. Scientists believe that DHA protects against "normal wear and tear" on the brain, helps promote brain growth, enhances learning and memory and improves communication between synapses.

Life is about choices, and selecting the right nutrients plays a key role in maintaining a healthy body and brain. In general terms, you want to follow a diet rich in fruits and veggies and other unprocessed foods. Eating this way will improve blood flow and mental sharpness, and can reduce your risk for stroke, neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, depression, schizophrenia, mood disorders and even Parkinson's.

Eat More: Eggs

Eat More: Leafy Greens

Eat More: Lean Beef

Eat More: Berries

Eat More: Dark Chocolate

Eat More: Salmon

Eat More: Cruciferous Veggies

Eat More: Spices

Eat More: Walnuts

Eat more: Whole Grains

Have More: Yogurt & Milk

Drink More: Water
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