SWAP Sweets FOR Berries

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Re­search showed that cur­cumin can in­crease the brain hor­mone BDNF, which helps main­tain long-term mem­ory and com­bats men­tal ill­nesses caused by hor­mone im­bal­ance, such as de­pres­sion. Re­search*** has also shown that cur­cumin can cross the blood-brain bar­rier and has the po­ten­tial to help clear plaques as­so­ci­ated with Alzheimer’s dis­ease. ‘To reap the ben­e­fits of cur­cumin, add turmeric to potato dishes to turn them golden, or try mak­ing a turmeric latte,’ says Mays.

Just like choco­late, berries con­tain flavonoid an­tiox­i­dants that help the brain by re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion and ox­ida­tive stress. A 2014 re­view pub­lished in the jour­nal Nu­tri­ents found that an­tiox­i­dant com­pounds in berries boost brain health in a va­ri­ety of ways, such as im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween brain cells, re­duc­ing or de­lay­ing age-re­lated neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases and boost­ing learn­ing and mem­ory. Brain-healthy berries in­clude straw­ber­ries, black­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries and black­cur­rants.

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