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Ten Brain-Boosting Foods

Ten Brain-Boosting Foods

Thank you for the many recommendations of farm stands with tasty corn on the cob.

Mr. Non-Compliant happened to be in the vicinity of VanDerGriends Farm Stand located on Glenwood Lansing Road in Lansing, Illinois. This spot was recommended by one my readers, so he stopped.

He came home with corn, a very fragrant cantaloupe, and some of the biggest Michigan peaches I’ve ever seen.

Mr. Non-Compliant did good. Everything was delicious and he was delighted with the corn.

I ate a peach and the juice dripped down my chin. Yes, it was that good. 

I’m grateful that we (in Northwest Indiana) can continue to enjoy farm fresh fruits and vegetables for about 3 more weeks.

If you’d like to increase the number of plants you include in your diet, now is a good time to practice adding a few more into your week.

It’s never too early, or too late, to improve your health habits.

Foods that Improve Brain Health

I was recently asked about foods that help improve brain health.

While it’s best to follow a balanced diet, some foods are power houses when it comes to the brain.

Here’s a partial list for you with more to come next week.

  1. Fatty Fish: Fish like salmon, trout, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is essential for brain health. Wild caught fish are best.
  2. Blueberries: They are high in antioxidants, including flavonoids, which have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function. Wyman’s wild blueberries found in the frozen food section are best.
  3. Turmeric: Contains a compound called curcumin, which has been studied for its potential to cross the blood-brain barrier and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
  4. Broccoli: High in antioxidants and vitamin K, which is believed to support brain health.
  5. Pumpkin Seeds: These are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper, which are all important for brain function.
  6. Dark Leafy Greens: Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are rich in nutrients like folate, vitamin K, and antioxidants that may provide benefits for brain health.
  7. Nuts: Particularly walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts, which are high in antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamin E.
  8. Oranges: High in vitamin C, which is key for preventing mental decline.
  9. Eggs: Rich in several nutrients tied to brain health, including vitamins B6 and B12, folate, and choline.
  10. Avocado: Contains monounsaturated fats, which contribute to healthy blood flow, and also lower blood pressure, which is important for brain health. 

Additionally, staying hydrated and getting regular exercise are important factors in maintaining good brain health.

May you enjoy a happy and healthy week.

Much love,
Health Coach Carol

“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.”—Michael Greger

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