Best Snack to Keep Your Brain Sharp

According to dietitians, a combo of blueberries and walnuts provides just the powerhouse combo of nutrients you need to keep your brain sharp.

"The best snack for brain health is going to be a plant-based snackā€”one that is low in saturated fat and high in micronutrients," says Rebecca Schilling, RD, founder of Dietitians Delivered.

"Berries are high in antioxidants and keep the brain safe from free radicals. Nuts provide vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which again are associated with improved cognitive function."

benefits of blueberries for brain

wild blueberries, in particular, may help improve memory and executive function.wild blueberries contain 33% more anthocyanins, a specific type of antioxidant,

than regular cultivated blueberries."Studies have indicated benefits in verbal performance, memory discrimination, and a trend toward reduced risk of cognitive decline in subjects who ate blueberries

As for nuts, a 2014 study in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging found that older women who ate five or more servings of nuts per week had the brainpower of women two years younger.

And other research has shown that eating them on the regular may lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease, among many other cognitive perks.Walnuts, specifically, are an excellent pick

when it comes to protecting your brain.There's evidence that eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests for memory, concentration, and information processing speed in adults.

"Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a part in brain aging, and the omega-3s and antioxidants in walnuts guard against these effects,"

"Toasted walnuts are my go-to snack because they taste amazing on their own, but they also pair well with other brain-sharpening foods,"

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