Milk chocolate Dark chocolate
‘Dark chocolate and raw cacao powder is packed with brain-boosting compounds, including flavonoids,’ says Mays. ‘The flavonoids in chocolate gather in the areas of the brain that deal with learning and memory, helping slow down age-related mental decline.’ Mays suggests that you avoid chocolate that’s sweetened with lots of sugar. ‘Ombar is a great sugar-free brand,’ says Mays.
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SWAP Refined grains FOR Wholegrains
Instead of refined grains such as white flour, white bread and white rice, go for whole grain. This is a great way of boosting levels of vitamin E. Further research has highlighted that high levels of vitamin E are associated with improved cognitive performance and reduced the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.