A healthy and balanced diet is important to maintain good health and wellbeing, particularly during challenging times.
You may already think about which foods are the best options for your body — but have you thought about which might be best for your brain?
To protect your brain health, experts advise eating a diet that's high in fibre and low in salt, saturated fat and sugar.
Following this guidance reduces your risk of many health conditions, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. These are linked to a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease, stroke and vascular dementia later in life.
Evidence also suggests that certain nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, vitamins B, D and E, and choline may protect your thinking skills in older age.
Antioxidants — found in foods like berries — can help protect brain cells from harm.
And some studies suggest getting enough omega-3 may help to prevent and relieve depression and memory loss.
These foods contain nutrients such as omega-3 and antioxidants, but should be eaten in moderation:
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I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
Dr Seuss, author