Top 10 Brain Foods

Boost your brain power and keep your cognitive processes running smoothly into old age with these top ten brain foods.

1. Olive Oil

Drizzling your salad with olive oil or using it to sauté veggies may help preserve your brain’s overall health and function as you age. A 2010 study found that diets rich in monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil, can improve scores on test of overall cognitive function as well as verbal memory.

2. Avocados

Like olive oil, avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which also contribute to proper blood flow to the brain and lower blood pressure. Since high blood pressure is a significant contributor to cognitive decline, eating foods like avocados that lower your risk of hypertension is a great way to ward off age-related brain power shortages.

3. Sardines

Rich in Omega-3s, sardines give your brain the fatty acids it needs to build and maintain cell membranes. Diets containing high amounts of Omega-3s have also been associated with improved memory and focus, as well as a lower long-term risk of dementia.

4. Walnuts

These fiber and protein-rich nuts contain another type of Omega-3 not found in animal sources: alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA. Plus, just about every type of nut, including walnuts, is rich in vitamin E, which can improve blood flow and ensure that your brain is getting the oxygen it needs to work efficiently.

5. Spinach

Popeye may have had the right idea. Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that women who consumed more green leafy vegetables over 25 years exhibited fewer signs of age-related cognitive decline than those who avoided veggies like spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts.

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  • Keith Taylor

    Uh … you forgot fat … real, animal fat and butter. The brain is made up primarily of fat and it, the heart, liver and kidneys need a steady supply to keep them in tip-top condition. One of the reasons that kids of today are so easy to “dumb down” is because their brains are unable to process information correctly, so that they cannot think for themselves. Eating ten times more fat than is recommended by the “experts” stopped my angina dead, almost overnight. That was eight years ago. My thinking is clearer, so that I can design and invent in ways that I could not do on low-fat and no-fat regimens. Try it: you may be in for a very pleasant surprise. Oh, and cut down on the carbs!

  • Flo Moses

    Sardines? Are smelly

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