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Surprising facts about brain health Our brain is elastic, which means we can continue to make brain connections even as we age. It’s never too early to start feeding your brain right, amp up your brain power, and lower your risk of dementia. So eat all types of fruit and not just the colourful ones. Dr. Greenwood emphasizes that we can’t pinpoint specific foods that deliver brain health benefits. Rather, we need to focus on groups of foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and foods that contain omega-3 fats like fish and nuts. This type of eating pattern is called the Mediterranean diet. But it doesn’t mean you need to eat Italian or Greek food. 7 5 BRAIN BENEFITS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN STYLE DIET {JUST CLICK} Just as there isn’t one magic food for brain health, there is no single bad food either. A recent Dutch study showed that “white fruits”, such as apples and pears, were able to lower the risk of stroke. A stroke is like a heart attack, where blood flow is limited, but within the brain. 14 WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA While studies suggest that eating fish helps with brain function, fish oil supplements don’t seem to work. NUTRIENTS THAT POWER YOUR BRAIN {JUST CLICK} There are also some studies showing that spices are brain-friendly as they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The more effective spices include black pepper, turmeric, oregano, vanilla, parsley, basil and sage. Bottom Line Three powerful food strategies to boost your brain power: 1) Go back to basics and enjoy fresh, local and seasonal foods. 2) Focus on eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and nuts. 3) Eat socially to boost your brain function and mental health – bring back the family dinner as often as you can, and/or eat with friends regularly. Sources Mindfull, Over 100 Delicious Recipes for Brain Health. Carol Greenwood, Daphna Rabinovitch, Joanna Gryfe, Harper Collins, 2013. Healthy aging for your brain. EatRight Ontario. Stroke prevention – what you need to know. EatRight Ontario. Inte