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3 foods that improve your brain

You already know from this newsletter how powerful foods, herbs, and spices can be for your body and how it functions... nutrition is the #1 factor that controls your weight, your risk of cancer, your risk of heart disease, diabetes, organ functioning, and yes, your brain health!

So let's take a quick look at 3 specific foods that can help improve your brain health... hence, foods that make you smarter.

1.  Turmeric.  That's right... turmeric is one of the most powerful spices out there in terms of antioxidant capacity.  Turmeric has also been shown to decrease inflammation throughout the body, including your brain!  Studies even show that people who eat curry based dishes more frequently (which contains turmeric in high doses), show better mental capacity than those who rarely or never eat curry.

Since I don't eat curry more than twice a month, what I personally do is use 2 capsules of pure turmeric daily.  You can find turmeric capsules for under $10 at most nutrition stores.  You can read our full article on the incredible benefits of turmeric here.

2.  Coconut water.  Oh yeah, I love coconut water!  And it's more popular than ever these days, and widely available in most corner stores.  Coconut water is a great source of potassium and has no sodium, which helps to balance the potassium to sodium ratio in your body.  Most people eat too much sodium and when this balance is out of whack, it can affect your brain function.  Also, coconut water only has a little bit of natural sugar and calories --about 1/4 the amount of sugar compared to soda pop.

3.  Wild Salmon.  You already know about the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (including DHA and EPA) found in wild salmon.  But you might not realize how important those omega-3's really are for your brain functioning, as the membranes in brain cells require omega-3's for proper function.  Some studies have also shown that people that eat the most fish have better memory than those that eat the least fish. You can read our full article with a health warning about farmed salmon here.

We could list a bunch more powerful foods that can help improve your brain too, but we'll save those for a future ezine.  Equally important though for the health of your brain is to AVOID foods that damage your brain...

Watch this video to see 5 foods that can HARM your brain (avoid these damaging foods!)


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My top 20 food rules to be lean for LIFE

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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