7 (Delicious) Ways to Save Your Brain

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There is a fate worse than death. It is the death of your brain before you die.

Loss of memory, slower thinking and the inability to care for ourselves is a great fear, but there are some things you can do to make sure you have the best chance of being bright and capable even at an advanced age. Exercise, challenge your mind with puzzles, games and new learning, and eat delicious foods.

That last one has to be the easiest! To top it off, it is backed by real science, a study out of the University of Illinois.

This study looked at 32 nutrients found in food to see how they affected brain power, commonly called cognition. They found that 7 nutrients were particularly effective at keeping your brain working like a brain much younger.

Keep in mind this was not one of those studies where they merely ask people what they ate and did a few mental tests, in this study they measured the nutrients via blood samples, studied brain function though imaging and performed a full battery of cognitive tests on each participant. This was a real, rigorous study.

They found that the following 7 nutrients had a powerful sustaining effect on mental ability:

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega 3s and omega 6s)

Lycopene

Carotenoids

Riboflavin (B-2)

Folate (B-9)

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin D

By far the best way to get all of these brain nutrients is to shop well and eat right!

Indulge in:

Fish, nuts, and avocados in your cart to boost your omega-3s.

Pumpkin and chia seeds are both excellent sources of omega-6s.

Grapefruit, cooked tomatoes, watermelon, sweet red peppers, red cabbage and other fruits and vegetables that are red, pink and purple provide lycopene.

Sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, and cantaloupes are great sources of carotenoids.

Eggs and green leafy vegetables (think kale and spinach) are great places to get B-2.

Spinach and black-eyed peas are great sources of B-9.

Clams, tuna and organic beef are all chocked full of B-12.

And your vitamin D? Sun every day on your face and arms, eggs and those dairy products with D added are your primary sources, but don’t be afraid to supplement with a quality supplement.

Yes, you can eat your way to a healthier brain!

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