Brain Food: 4 Healthy Eats to Boost Your Smarts

Is your noggin foggy? Don't worry—the physicians of the hit TV show, The Doctors, are here to reveal the best brain foods.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | September 2012
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    Brown Carbs

    Whole grains, which you digest slowly, provide fuel for your brain. (Although your brain accounts for only 3 percent of your total body weight, it uses 20 percent of energy.) Rich sources include whole wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, and bran flakes.


    Rich in protective antioxidants, blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries are linked to better memory and coordination.

    Coffee, Wine, and Dark Chocolate

    These indulgences are also packed with brain-healthy antioxidants.


    Salmon and tuna contain abundant levels of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that may improve the retention of brain cells.


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    • Colin Carmichael

      I cringe whenever I see coffee and chocolate listed as having health benefits … not because it’s untrue … but because it gives the wrong impression to most people. Because most use logic like this: “If a little is good, a lot must be better!”  And when it comes to dark chocolate, the vast majority won’t buy the bitter dark chocolate that can be beneficial. Sorry folks, but a Dark Chocolate Hershey bar isn’t doing your health any favors.