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5 Brain Food That You Cannot Afford To Ignore

5 Brain FoodToday, more and more people are seeking to not only live longer, but also enjoy a better quality of life by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Part of this involves watching what one eats.

Here now are 5 brain foods that one will do well to consider:

  1. Spinach

Remember those Popeye cartoons where the eating of spinach not only gave Popeye superhuman strength, but also endowed the sailor with abilities like virtuoso dancing or playing piano. Well, there may be some truth to his prowess in the eating of spinach.

The green leafy vegetable is loaded with vitamins C and E, which, studies have shown, help to improve cognitive abilities.

  1. Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea do more than keep you awake in the mornings. Studies have shown they may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and improve cognitive function.

  1. Fish

A 2005 study in the journal Archives of Neurology has found that people 65 and older who ate two meals of fish a week for six years had a 13 percent decrease in cognitive decline, compared with people who didn’t eat any fish regularly. And people who ate one meal of fish a week had a 10 percent decrease in cognitive decline.

Fish is high in vitamin B12 and may offer some protection against Alzheimer’s, research has shown.

  1. Berries

One study has found that after 12 weeks of daily supplements of wild blueberry juice nine older adults who had started to experience slight memory problems showed better learning and recall abilities than a similar group of adults who didn’t take the supplements.

The blueberry group also showed reduced symptoms of depression.

In addition, research has shown that fruits such as blueberries and strawberries, which are high in antioxidants, can decrease a type of stress in cells associated with aging and increase the signaling capabilities in brains.

  1. Carrots

Carrots have long been known to be good for the eyes, and it turns out they’re good for the brain, too.

Carrots have high levels of a compound called luteolin, which could reduce age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain, according to a study published in 2010 in the journal Nutrition.

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