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Food for Thought, Food for the Brain: 10 Memory Boosting Foods

Balancing your spiritual, mental and physical elements is the key to a harmonious life. Practicing a strong faith can take care of the spiritual, and you can get a big boost to your mental and physical health from the foods you eat. These 10 foods are not only good for your body, but they work as super-powered food for the brain to enhance your memory and thinking skills.

Cauliflower and broccoli: These two veggies rank as food for the brain thanks to their level of choline, which strengthens your memory and sharpens your thinking.

Walnuts: Your brain's neurotransmitters will sing with the high doses of omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts. Walnut's vitamin B6 can additionally protect against memory loss.

Curry: The chemicals in curry's turmeric have been shown to improve memory, slow down Alzheimer's and prompt your brain to create new cells.

Crab: A lesser-known food for the brain, crab contains powerful doses of phenylalanine, an amino acid vital for creating adrenaline, noradrenaline, thyroid hormone and dopamine. All keep your brain hopping.

Celery: Celery is packed with a compound called luteolin, which reduces brain inflammation and, in turn, age-related memory loss.

Chickpeas: Also known as garbanzo beans, chickpeas stock your body with magnesium. This mineral makes your brain cell receptors happy and relaxes blood vessels so more blood can get to your brain.

Buckwheat: Another sensational source of magnesium, buckwheat also provides a generous dose of the calming chemical tryptophan.

Blueberries: These juicy little things get high marks as a top food for the brain, thanks to their ability to improve your memory, speed up your learning and sharpen your thinking.

Red Meat: Too much red meat may not be good for your heart, but moderate amounts can do great things for your brain. Its energy-boosting vitamin B12 is a must for perky brain functioning.

Marmite or Brewer's Yeast: Thiamine and pyridoxine, known as vitamins B1 and B6, are the claims to fame here. B1 may slow dementia and Alzheimer's while B6 helps cognition and memory. Put marmite on toast and sprinkle brewer's yeast on cereal.

Putting all that solid brain power to good use is easy by enrolling in online classes at Colorado Christian University's College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS). So grab a handful of chickpeas, blueberries or walnuts and check out the adult undergraduate programs or graduate studies today.

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