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Six foods to eat for a better brain

health and fitness Updated: Jan 06, 2011 19:58 IST
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Feeling a little foggy after all the holiday revelry? On January 3, health news website MyHealthNewsDaily.com reported on six foods that can boost your brain power, just in time to start the New Year mentally focused.

According to the article, foods high in compounds such as antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids can improve brain health and memory.

1. Walnuts - They look like little brains and are packed with antioxidants, which researchers claim may combat the damage to brain cells' DNA caused by free radicals in our bodies. A 2009 rat study also found that diets in which nuts made up as little as two percent reversed signs of aging.

2. Carrots - They're not only good for your eyes but good for your brain. They contain high levels of a compound known as luteolin. A recent study published in the journal Nutrition found that luteolin reduces age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain. Other good sources: olive oil, peppers, and celery.

3. Berries - In a 2009 report in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers examined a group of studies that showed fruits such as blueberries and strawberries can decrease a type of stress in cells associated with aging and increase the signaling capabilities in brains.

4. Fish - Some studies have shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help slow typical cognitive decline that comes with age. The report cites a 2005 study that 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.

5. Coffee and tea - Caffeinated teas and coffees not only perk you up but studies have shown they may prevent Alzheimer's disease and improve cognitive function. In addition, according to a 2010 study, tea drinkers did better on tests on memory and information processing than non-tea drinkers did.

6. Spinach - It's loaded with vitamins C and E that help to improve cognitive abilities, according to the latest research. A 2000 study found that aging rats had some of their age-related memory and motor deficits reversed after eating a diet rich in spinach, strawberries, and blueberries.

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