Blueberries are powerful antioxidants, protecting the brain from damage caused by free radicals.
Researchers have discovered that, over time, eating blueberries significantly increases activity in brain regions dedicated to cognitive function.
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Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that are good for your brain.
Flavanols are natural compounds with neuroprotective effects. They improve working memory and visual information processing.
In elderly individuals, cognitive performance is improved by a daily intake of cocoa flavanols.
Look for dark chocolate with a high (75+) percentage of cocoa.
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Grape seed extract contains potent nutrients. It enhances memory through its impacts on brain cell growth and plasticity in the hippocampus.
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Vitamin C rich foods like oranges combat free radicals, prevent against mental decline, and keep your brain in tip top shape as you age.
Free radicals occur naturally within the body, but if left unchecked they cause oxidative stress, which leads to disease, premature aging, and neurological degeneration (like Alzheimer’s).
Easily meet the vitamin C RDI by eating one medium orange per day.
Here’s a handy list of other fruits and veg high in vitamin C.
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