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Smart Foods for a Smarter Brain

Just like other organs in your body, your brain thrives on certain nutrients that increase brain function on a completely natural level. And no, nutrients from common energy drinks don’t count!

A diet rich in nuts, certain varieties of fish, whole grains, fruits and even avocados have been found to help increase cognitive function, and may even reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. What these “smart foods” have in common is a generous serving of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which are important for healthy blood flow and cardiovascular function. When your heart is healthier, it can pump blood to your brain more efficiently.

When building your healthy diet, be sure to include:

When the mid-day energy crisis strikes, try to avoid reaching for your third cup of coffee and instead grab a lunch full of brain healthy treats!

Weekly Health Tips are brought to you by UCF Health, the College of Medicine’s physician practice. Offering primary and specialty care under one roof, UCF Health treats patients age 16 and up in primary care and age 18 and up for specialty care. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Two locations are now open: the original in East Orlando at Quadrangle and University boulevards just blocks from the main UCF campus and in Medical City at Narcoossee Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Schedule an appointment online today.

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