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6 Most Surprising Healthy Brain Foods

By | Colleen Travers | Miranda Manier

From cheese to red wine, oily fish to green tea, these healthy brain foods may help boost your cognitive health.

Your diet and your brain

What you eat every day does a lot more than just fuel your body. It also plays an important part in your cognitive health. According to a 2021 article in Frontiers for Young Minds, when you eat foods that are rich in fats and sugars, it can cause inflammation of neurons in your brain and lead to poor cognitive functioning and even mental health issues. On the other hand, when you feed your body well, you do the same for your brain; researchers found that a diet full of healthy nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids will make you feel better inside and out.

“There is a direct physical connection between the brain and your gut,” says Kien Vuu, MD, assistant professor of Health Sciences at UCLA and founder of VuuMD Performance and Longevity. “It’s called the vagus nerve and it links down from the brain to the gut and surrounding nervous system, sending messages back and forth between the two. When you eat poorly or eat foods that irritate the gut, it will send that signal to your brain, which can cause memory issues and brain fog.”

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