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This Is the Best Food for Brain Health, According to a Top Functional Medicine Doctor

By | Emily Laurence | www.wellandgood.com

When I picture myself in my older years, I like to hope that my mind will be just as sharp as Sophia on Golden Girls. Sure, I still want to be able to go for walks around the neighborhood and get in on any shuffleboard games going on, but I definitely want my brain to still be strong, too. As with any health goal, preparing for the future means thinking in the present.

Functional medicine doctor Mark Hyman, MD is passionate about brain health, too. He talks about it a lot in his books, specifically focusing on how food can benefit brain health both in the immediate and long-term. And this week, he revealed his number one favorite brain-boosting food on Instagram. Can you guess what it is? Fish!

“Seafood is one of the best dietary sources of protein around, and it’s chock-full of nutrients like iodine, selenium, vitamin D, and B12,” Dr. Hyman wrote in the caption of his post. “But the biggest health benefits of fish comes from the two omega-3 fatty acids that we get from them and nowhere else.” He adds that these polyunsaturated fats—specifically DHA and EPA—are strongly linked to benefitting both the heart and the brain.  (Love a multitasking food.) “Large studies have found that omega-3 fats also protect you from type 2 diabetes, inflammation, autoimmune disease, and even depression,” Dr. Hyman adds.

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