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4 Food Strategies to Boost Brain Function

Boost Key Nutrients

Dietary supplements can play a key role in healthy brain functioning. Here are some of the top brain-boosting supplements:

Vitamin D. Studies have shown that vitamin D can protect against dementia, a range of autoimmune disorders, cancer, high blood pressure and many other illnesses. Our bodies produce vitamin D in response to sunshine, but most people donít get adequate daily sun exposure ó especially if you live in a northern climate.

Omega-3s. Daily supplementation with fish oil, one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, can give your brain a big boost. High-quality fish oil, free from mercury and other toxins, provides the omega-3 fatty acids that sheath brain cells and facilitate healthy brain functioning. Omega-3s also help fight inflammation, which tends to occur in our brains as we age. Studies have shown that some of the other nutrients in fish oil, such as DHA and EPA, help provide protection against depression, stabilize mood and promote alertness.

CoQ10. Short for coenzyme Q10, CoQ10 is a molecule that works in concert with other nutrients to improve the functioning of all the cells of the body. Many recent studies have linked CoQ10 with boosting overall energy and sharpening cognition. (For more on CoQ10, see CoQ10: The Miracle Molecule.)

One of the most common myths about aging is that memory inevitably declines. But I know from the growing body of scientific evidence that age-related decline in brain function isnít a foregone conclusion. If you nurture your brain with the right nutrients, you will help it remain flexible, resilient and strong. So, next time you sit down for a meal or reach for a snack, think of your future brain, and choose wisely!

 

 

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7:20PM PDT on May 21, 2013

yes, thanks

10:37PM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

Neat information, thank you for sharing.

12:26PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thank you

5:09AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Thanks

11:27PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

NIce, sensible, doable tips - thank you.

9:10PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

thanks

6:30PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Very cool! Thank you

12:10PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Very interesting!Thanks for sharing!

10:59AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks.

10:52AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Thanks for this info

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