If you had to dream up a brain superfood, you might imagine something with magical powers, perhaps from a faraway exotic land. How can regular old food—the kind sitting in your refrigerator—help you think faster, perform better, preserve your memory and even improve your mood? The truth is, you probably have some of the top brain superfoods within arm’s reach right now. No single food is a magic nutritional bullet, but by incorporating all of these choices into your healthy eating plan, and by making smart lifestyle choices, you’ll be on the right path toward brain health.
Rethink these common foods with not-so-common benefits, and nourish your brain to stay sharp today and for many tomorrows. "Getting older doesn't necessarily have to mean declining cognitive function," says Lisa Powell, M.S., R.D.N., director of nutrition at Canyon Ranch in Tucson. "Good nutrition can help keep your brain healthy for your entire life."