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Fifteen foods that improve brain health

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Your brain needs nutrients to remain healthy just like your body. As a person ages, their brain is vulnerable to diseases like mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease (stroke) are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. These statistics prove why it is so important to take care of your brain. Luckily, there is an easy way to help prevent your brain from developing diseases.

Incorporating certain foods into your diet can help keep your brain healthy. Fifteen different foods that are great for brain health are blueberries, wild salmon, nuts and seeds, avocados, whole grains, tomatoes, broccoli, dark chocolate, curry, celery, crab, red meat, beets, sage and eggs.

All of these foods are essential for a healthy brain because they contain vitamins that increase blood flow to the brain, antioxidants that protect the brain, fatty acids that help your brain function properly and vitamins that assist with the neurological functions of your brain.

Nutrients that are needed for your brain are vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B12, flavonoids, folate, fatty acids, nitrates, glucose and DHA.

With these vital nutrients, you can help prevent and treat some of the most common brain diseases that develop as you age. You can also get the most out of your brain, which leads to a happier more successful life.

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