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Foods to Boost Your Mind

Posted: 04/06/2012 8:42 am

Just like the right diet can help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer, health experts are finding that certain foods may boost your mind. Although there is no current treatment proven to cure Alzheimer's disease or dementia, there are foods that play a positive role in overall mind health. The Alzheimer's Association refers to a "brain-healthy diet" as "one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol." Stay on top of your mental ball game with these foods.

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Whether it's a new dance or a foreign language, the older you get, the harder it is to learn new things. The reason? In order to process new information our brain cells need to "talk" to each another. Yet, as we age those cells become inflamed, making it harder for them to communicate with one another. Blackberries can get the conversation flowing again. They provide potent antioxidants known as polyphenols that zap inflammation and encourage communication between neurons, improving our ability to soak up new information, according to a 2009 Tufts University study.

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