It's simple: What you eat influences how you think. Your food choices affect your brain and may even spell the difference between clear thinking and the forgetfulness that tends to develop with age. The food you eat may also influence your mood.
That said, it's important to keep in mind that no single food can guarantee brain health. A healthy brain depends on having a healthy body, notes Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "Good blood circulation is important, so healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates are a good beginning," he says. Colorful vegetables, tangy fruits, whole-grain breads, eggs, nuts, beans and berries all belong on this list.
Here are four foods that help keep both your brain and your body healthy:
Egg yolks are packed with choline, a relative of B vitamins that your body uses to make chemicals that affect mood and memory.
2. Black Beans
Whatever their color or shape, beans provide folate, aka vitamin B9. A shortage of folate may contribute to memory loss and forgetfulness.
Check out these foods, recipes, videos and more in our Superfoods for the Brain package to help create your own “super-diet.”
Colorful berries may boost mood and decrease the risk of developing depression.
Research has found that munching on walnuts may help guard against memory loss and may delay a decline in thinking skills that generally comes with age.
For more delicious foods that are good for your body and brain along with terrific recipes to try, check out "10 Superfoods for Your Brain."
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