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Brain Foods: Add These Foods to Your Diet to Improve Brain Function

A concise list of some of the best foods to add to your diet to improve the health and fitness of your brain, enhance your brain functions.

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by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

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As with many other situations, there are good and bad foods for your brain. If you're trying to improve your brain health and fitness, then you must consider the importance of healthy eating and nutrition on brain functions.

Here's a short list of foods you should incorporate into your diet regularly to improve brain functions, improve brain fitness.
  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beef (lean)
  • Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Broccoli
  • Cantalopes
  • Cherries
  • Dairy Products (low-fat is better)
  • Eggs (enriched eggs are even better)
  • Flaxseed, Flaxseed Oil
  • Fish (especially salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring)
  • Grapefruits
  • Grapes
  • Legumes
  • Nuts (walnuts, macadamia, pecans, almonds, and Brazil nuts)
  • Olives (and Olive Oil)
  • Oranges
  • Peppers (red and yellow especially)
  • Pork (lean)
  • Poultry (chicken and turkey -- skinless)
  • Spinach
  • Tofu (and other soy products)
  • Tomatoes
  • Water
  • Whole Wheats, Oats, Grains
  • Yams
  • Final Thoughts on Improving Brain Functions

    If you can't work all these foods into your diet, consider some natural supplements, especially Flaxseed Oil and Omega-3 Fish Oil. Others that might help include: DMAE, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, and SAMe.

    Finally, avoid foods that contain MSG, hydrogenated fats and oils, trans fats, corn syrup, high-fructose sugar (and really all sugar), artificial colors and flavorings, and aspartame.

    See also: Live Longer. Eat Healthier Daily. Best Foods for You, A-Z.

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    Avid wellness guru Dr. Randall S. Hansen Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., is an avid bicyclist, adventurist, environmentalist, and student of wellness and photography, with a mission of empowering others to lead great lives. He is Founder and CEO of EmpoweringSites.com, a network of empowering and transformative Websites. Dr. Hansen is also the founder and caretaker of this site, EmpoweringRetreat.com, as well as founder of EmpoweringAdvice.com, MyCollegeSuccessStory.com, and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Learn more by visiting his personal Website, RandallSHansen.com or reach him by email at CEO(at)empoweringsites.com. You can also check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

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