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Health Tip: Promote Better Brain Health

Feed it knowledge and nutrition

(HealthDay News) -- For a healthier brain, be sure to feed it well. Your mind needs both mental exercise and a nutritious diet to help it stay sharp.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests:

  • Follow a nutritious diet. Avoid fad diets that may only lead to short-term weight loss.
  • Maintain a healthy weight, and keep a watchful eye on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. All of these factors have been associated with dementia.
  • Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  • Limit saturated fats, and eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Stay active socially and mentally. Learning new things, and frequently challenge your brain.

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