Friday, March 20, 2009

Brain Foods

Keeping your brain alert (a challenge for most of us!)

In no particular order, 6 potentially benefit foods to keep us smart:
  1. Fish: The omega-3-fatty acids [mainly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)] may offer protection against Alzheimer's disease risk and may slow mental decline in people with very mild Alzheimer's disease.
  2. Walnuts: The alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and other compounds found in walnuts, act as antioxidants to protect brain cells and brain function.
  3. Blueberries: Rich is antioxidants, blueberries protect against age-related declines in cognitive function.
  4. Coffee: The caffeine may protect against mild memory and thinking problems that come with old age.
  5. Gingo Biloba: This chinese herbal contains biologically active compounds that may improve cognitive function.
  6. Dark chocolate: The cocoa bean is rich in naturally occurring flavanols and other substances that could enhance blood flow in the brain and improve brain function.

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