Did you know there are certain foods that really make a difference where memory, learning and other cognitive abilities are concerned? Dr. Daniel Amen of the Amen Clinics - one of the countries top brain specialists - suggests these seven foods:
Coconut water - about a cup a day. It has a light taste and is low in calories. You can add it to smoothies or just drink it. It's high in potassium.
Blueberries - A yummy food virtually everyone loves and super rich in antioxidants!
Sardines - Not so yummy to many folks (I happen to love them!) High in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury. His recommendation is two to three servings of fish per week.
Walnuts - Also rich in omega-3s and loaded with vitamin E. It's the king of the nuts (and I thought I was...) They also reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol. He says macadamia nuts are also a good choice.
Sweet potatoes - A low glycemic food that causes only small fluctuations in blood sugar to help you maintain energy and concentration throughout the day. Munch them two to three times a week.
Green tea - Contains a potent antioxidant that protects brain cells from free radicals. The tea also contains compounds that increase levels of dopamine in the brain.
Tumeric - The bright yellow color indicates high levels of antioxidants. Use this spice several times a week to lower your C-reactive protein.