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4 Brain Foods to Make You Smarter!

As far as I’m concerned, I don’t have too many brain cells to spare. The good news is that there are some foods that actually help boost the brain’s performance and preserve every last one of those much-needed cells. Here are 4 of the best brain foods that you can eat:

  1. Blueberries. Studies have demonstrated that blueberries help improve short term memory and even reverse age-related brain decline. They also contain high levels of antioxidants which help prevent cancer. Fresh or frozen, find creative ways to incorporate blueberries into your diet. Alternatively, try drinking unsweetened blueberry juice. Note: Cooked blueberries have lower levels of antioxidants.
  2. Almonds. Foods like almonds, fortified cereals, wheat germ, peanuts, hazelnuts and sunflower seeds are all rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to prevent brain damage and guard against dementia-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
  3. Salmon. Cold water fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, halibut, tuna and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids aid in memory and overall brain performance. Not a fan of fish? Opt for flaxseeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds or walnuts.
  4. Red Apples. A recent study has demonstrated that the chemicals in red apples help stave off degenerative brain disorders – and help reduce the risk for some cancers. The chemicals are found in the skin – so don’t peel your apples! Red Delicious and Northern Spy apples are particularly rich in the chemicals.

Not surprisingly, these foods are healthy in general; Kentucky Friend Chicken isn’t anywhere to be seen on the list – so consider this yet another reason to stick to a relatively healthy diet. Some of the best nutrition advice I’ve ever received is eat like a cavemen – and it’s a philosophy very much supported by these findings.