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Five foods to boost brain health

FLICKR- Angela Bax

FLICKR- Angela Bax

Sheryl Plouffe
Weather Broadcaster, The Weather Network

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 8:08 AM - Looking to boost your brain health? Keeping your brain strong and healthy as you grow older is a must for optimal health and happiness.

Fortunately, there are a number of things that you can do to help enhance the health of your brain. Making sure to maintain mentally stimulating tasks is one very important element, but the other lies in what you eat.

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Let's take a closer look at five great brain-boosting foods you should consider eating more regularly:

1. Salmon 

First up on the list of brain boosting foods is salmon. Salmon is a perfect choice due to its rich omega-3 fatty acid content, which will help to improve concentration and boost memory.

Salmon is also rich in protein, so it will help you meet your daily needs. Try and consume salmon at least once or twice per week for optimal results.

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2. Blueberries

Blueberries, often called the 'brain berry', are critical for boosting mind power due to their high antioxidant content. Blueberries are excellent for helping you fend off free radical damage, which could go on to cause degenerative effects on the brain.

Blueberries are also high in fiber and low in calories, so they really are a perfect add to any daily diet.

3. Spinach

Spinach is a leafy green that packs in a good dose of iron, which will help prevent iron-deficiency anemia. This in turn helps to boost memory, attention, as well as your ability to learn new tasks.

Those who suffer from anemia will not only be at risk for lower mental performance, but also be at risk for pre-mature fatigue during exercise due to lack of oxygen getting to the muscle cells.

4. Oatmeal

It's important to eat some whole grains on a day-to-day basis for energy support. Since the brain's primary fuel source is glucose, you need to make sure you have a steady supply.

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That said, the last thing you want to do is provide a sharp boost of glucose, followed by a crash, as you would if you consumed straight sugar.

This is why opting for whole grains, which release their glucose more slowly over a period of time, is far wiser.

Oatmeal is the perfect choice as it contains no sugar (be sure to purchase the unsweetened plain variety), and offers a good dose of fiber.

It's also a 'high volume food' – meaning you can eat a large amount of it for fewer calories, making it more filling and ideal for those seeking fat loss results.

5. Tomatoes

Finally, the last brain boosting food to get into your diet plan is the tomato. Tomatoes are rich in a particular antioxidant called lycopene, which will not only help men fend of prostate cancer, but also help to fight against free radical damage leading to dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Slice some up and include them on your sandwich in your next lunch.

So there you have five great brain-boosting foods. How many of these are you including in your current diet plan?



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