This Is Your Brain On Superfoods

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1. Walnuts for the Heart and Brain

An animal-free source of omega-3 fatty acids, these nuts look kinda like brains and are good for them too.

2. Oysters for Energy

They’re high in iron and are thought to be an aphrodisiac. So, you know, that kind of energy.

3. Turmeric for Joint Health

This colorful spice contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Try it in a warm bev like this Tumeric Milk.

4. Flaxseed for Fiber and Heart Health

Flaxseed is high and fiber and omega-3s, those good fats that keep your brain and heart running smoothly. Kind of a big deal. Sprinkle some on oatmeal or throw it in a smoothie.

5. Pomegranates for Antioxidants

Freaking delicious, too. Learn how to crack into these bad boys without making a mess.

6. Pumpkin for Vision

Your favorite gourd is rich in beta-carotene, which leads to Vitamin A, which leads to good eye and immune system health. Plus protein, fiber, and vitamins C, E, and K. There’s a whole alphabet in your jack-o-lantern.

7. Olive Oil for the Heart

Fat is good for you when it comes in the form of monounsaturated fatty acids. Do yourself a favor and invest in the real deal when it comes to EVOO.

8. Green Tea for Antioxidants

There’s a reason people have been drinking green tea for over 4,000 years. It contains EGCG, kind of a superfreak fighter of nasty free radicals in your body. So drink up, dearies.

9. Ginger for Digestion

Whatever ails your stomach, from nausea to indigestion, ginger will probably help.

10. Black Beans for Fiber and Protein

Beans, beans, the magical fruit… they’ll charge you up and keep you full without all the saturated fats found in most animal proteins.

11. Quinoa for Muscles

By now you’ve heard of quinoa, but why? It’s a complete protein unto itself, high in B12, iron, magnesium, calcium, manganese, yadda yadda yadda. Just give it a shot already.

12. Eggs for Protein

Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past for being high in cholesterol, but, like Witches in Oz, there’s good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol. Eggs are like the Glinda of Breakfast.

13. Grapefruit to Fight Fat

These gods of citrus contain naringenin, another savvy antioxidant that researchers think might really do a number on fat-storage hormones.

14. Yogurt for Digestion

Those active cultures that turn milk into yogurt are great for helping your stomach and intestines turn food into… well, you know.

15. Kale for Vitamins and Antioxidants

Kale’s 15 minutes of fame may have come and gone, but it’s still just as packed with vitamins, iron, calcium, and flavonoids as it was in 2012.

16. Salmon for Heart Health

Another one of those omega-3 foods, salmon in all forms is also swimming (get it? swimming?) with A and B vitamins.

17. Dark Chocolate for Antioxidants

“Flavonols” aren’t just what it sounds like when you’re trying to describe chocolate with your mouth full. They’re another troop of free-radical fighting antioxidants, for the army of you.

18. Sweet Potatoes for Vision

Like their orange friends the carrot and the pumpkin, sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A for eye health, plus potassium, calcium, and Vitamin C. Try the fries!

19. Avocado to Prevent Aging

Avocados will not prevent you from adding another candle to your birthday cake this year, but with Vitamin E, healthy fats, and a host of B Vitamins, they’ll keep the bartenders asking for your ID. Wink wink.

20. Water for Life

“Duh,” you say? When you really — and I mean really, let’s shoot for 8 glasses a day here — nourish yourself with this seemingly most basic of foodthings, you’ll stay healthier, look better, and make attractive new friends.

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