5 Foods That Make Your Brain Happy

When your tummy is rumbling with hunger, think about this: Compared to the rest of your organs, your brain is the hungriest.

When you don't eat well, gorge on fast food or skip meals, your brain pays the price, since nutritional deficiencies can stress the cells, reports VirginPulse.

Here's the good news: Your brain is not a picky eater. It likes any diet you choose to eat, as long as that diet increases the flow of nutrients to its cells. Good foods keep your brain sharp--for a lifetime. And by good foods, we mean lots of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and whole grains. Call them brain treats.

VirginPulse has identified five foods in particular that will give your brain an extra boost:

1. Blueberries
While all berries are good for you, blueberries are the best. They're packed with antioxidants that help prevent cellular damage and may even reverse cognitive decline.

2. Fish
Choose cold-water fish that are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is essential for healthy brain function, learning and memory. This includes salmon, mackerel, lake trout, halibut, herring, oysters, sardines and albacore tuna.

3. Eggs
Eggs are a great source of choline, an essential nutrient that's important for healthy brain function. Do note that to get the choline, you have to eat the yolks.

4. Spinach
Spinach is not only packed with alpha lipoic acid, which helps prevent some cell damage and memory loss, but also it is a great source of folate, which is essential for healthy brain function.

5. Turmeric
Curcumin, an antioxidant found in turmeric, has been shown to protect the brain from decay and may even reverse cellular damage. Experts think that the low rate of Alzheimer's disease in India may be due to the widespread use of turmeric in traditional foods.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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