Monday, December 26, 2011

Get Smart! 5 Healthy Brain Foods

Adding these smart foods to your diet can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain.

Blueberries - To help protect your brain from stress or age-related conditions, add at least 1 cup of blueberries a day - fresh, frozen or freeze-dried.

Wild Salmon - Salmon contains lots of omega-3s which are essential for brain function.

Nuts and Seeds - Walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds are just some of the nuts that should be added to your diet for good sources of vitamin E, which may protect against cognitive decline.

Avocados - The healthy fat in avocado contributes to healthy blood flow to the brain and can also help lower blood pressure.

Tumeric - The yellow spice found in many curries, contains curcumin, which also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may even prove useful in treating Alzheimer's; one study showed a reduction in beta amyloid deposits, the plaques associated with the disease. In another study, elderly people who ate curry often or very often did better on tests of mental performance than those who never or rarely ate curry.