A healthy brain feeds off of its environment--and its fuel. Put the right ingredients into your body, and your brain will work in tip-top fashion. Here are 13 of the best brain foods out there.
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People who ate a small handful every day improved their working memory by 19 percent, according to a Spanish study. Polyphenols (Search: What are polyphenols?) in walnuts are thought to reduce improve communication between neurons.
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A recent British study found that 20 to 30 milligrams of caffeine can boost brainpower--that's less than a cup of coffee.
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They're packed with omega-3s--and people with the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acid in their blood cells had smaller brains compared to those with high levels, according to a recent study in Neurology.
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Filled with magnesium, these greens can help dilate blood vessels, boosting blood flow throughout the body and brain, according to Japanese researchers.
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Fatty acids and polyphenols help to reduce inflammation in your joints and cells.
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They may be small, but they're big in terms of protein and fiber. Add them to yogurt or cereal to give your brain a boost. If you want to do more than jumpstart your brain, add these 6 Power Foods You Should be Eating to fuel your fitness.
These bad boys have some of the highest levels of the vitamin B12 which helps insulate your brain cells--important as you age.
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Not a whole bar--just a few ounces of cocoa can help you concentrate improving blood flow to the brain. Stick with as pure as you can get.
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It's loaded with calcium, which when in low supply can lead to anxiety, irritability, and slow thinking--all brain functions.
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Research shows that almost half of people with depression have low folate levels. Asparagus is packed with the nutrient.
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Gum or teas, the smell has been associated with an increase in alertness and memory functioning by acting as a stimulant, researchers believe.
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Your body can't make vitamin C--and a team of Oregon-based researchers recently found that the retina cells--many of which are the same type your brain is filled with--could burn out when denied C.
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Flavonoids in berries may cut your risk for Parkinson's disease because of their anti-inflammatory powers, research suggests.
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