The Zoomer Report: Five Brain Foods

We’ve all heard that doing crosswords and Sudoku are great ways to keep your mind sharp? But what about food for thought? Oprah doc Mehmet Oz, who now has his own show has a list of five foods to add to your grocery list for a natural brain boost. And he says you should eat them every day.

Blueberries: Compounds in the bright berries may help shield against harmful processes tied to Alzheimer’s disease and premature brain aging.

Eggs: This breakfast favorite is loaded with selenium — a mineral that could help make your brain years younger.

Mustard: The key ingredient here is turmeric. Getting just 17 milligrams of it a day — about a teaspoon of mustard — can help activate genes that control the cleanup of cellular waste in your brain.

Salmon: This pink fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, including the type thought to have the most anti-aging effects on the brain. A DHA supplement is another way to get your omega-3s.

Kale: Getting at least three servings a day of dark, leafy greens high in carotenoids and flavonoids can slow mental decline associated with aging.

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About The Zoomer Report

Libby ZnaimerLibby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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