Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. Use these tips to ensure you are fueling your brain as best you can.

  • A breakfast low in fiber and protein, like sugary toaster pastries, can lead to a mid-morning energy crash. A high-protein, high-fiber meal of scrambled eggs on a whole-wheat English muffin will digest more slowly, preventing hunger and keeping blood sugar levels steady.
  • Research done at Tufts University suggests that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in delaying short-term memory loss.
  • Broccoli is great source of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.
  • A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent cognitive decline. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, eggs, brown rice and whole grains.
  • Fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, and sardines contain omega-3 fats that are good for healthy brain function, the heart, joints and general well being. Other sources of these healthy fats include flaxseed oil, pumpkin seeds and walnuts.