Food has a powerful effect on our brains, especially as we age. “However, we sometimes think the brain is a separate system from the rest of our body,” says Dianna Purvis Jaffin, director of strategy and programs for the Brain Performance Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. She and other scientists are eager to correct that misconception, highlighting a growing body of research showing that certain foods may help maintain mental sharpness and prevent Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. These nutrient-packed picks contain specific compounds that are beneficial for the aging brain.
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