Which foods are best for brain health? Check this list to see what you should eat to optimize your brain power.
Excerpted from "YOU: The Owner's Manual" by Drs. Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen.
Nuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to keep your arteries clear, as well as levels of precursors of serotonin to boost mood. One ounce a day is just right; more is fine, but remember to be careful of calorie overload - an ounce is about twelve walnuts or twenty-four almonds.
RealAge Difference: Men: 3.3 years younger, Women: 4.4 years younger
Fish (especially wild salmon, whitefish, tilapia, catfish, flounder and mahi mahi) contain artery-clearing omega-3 fatty acids. Serving size recommendation is 13.5 ounces a week (or three servings about the size of your fist).
RealAge Difference: 2.8 years younger
Soybeans contain heart- and artery-healthy protein and fiber. The recommended serving is one cup a day.
RealAge Difference: 0.4 years younger
Tomato juice and spaghetti sauce contain folate, lycopene and other nutrients to keep arteries young. The recommended serving is 8 ounces a day of juice; 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce a day.
RealAge Difference: At least 1 year younger
Olive oil, nut oils, fish oils, flaxseed and avocados contain heart-healthy mono-unsaturated omega-3 and omega-9 fats. Twenty-five percent of daily calories should be healthy fats.
RealAge Difference: 3.4 years younger
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