“Most of the foods that are good for your heart are also good for your brain because both need healthy blood vessels and a constant supply of oxygen to function normally. Plus certain foods help protect brain cells and blood vessels and keep those neurotransmitters or brain chemicals firing and sending their signals or messages.”

Wild salmon; cacao (not chocolate bars, but the real stuff); matcha (stone-ground Gyokuru green tea powder); acai and blueberries; and coffee beans (though coffee is still pretty good).

“The brain is a hungry organ, it’s cells requiring two times the amount of energy than that of other cells in the body. To work well and efficiently throughout the day, this energy level must be kept high enough so not to cause mental stress and exhaustion. So we’ll look at simple ways to keep your brain working effectively throughout your day so your work doesn’t suffer. When the brain doesn’t become stressed it can work continuously so not to sabotage your daily workflow. For this discussion we will assume you work most of the day, morning to evening.”

“We know that the foods we eat affect the body. But they may have even more of an influence on how the brain works—it’s general tone and level of energy and how it handles its tasks. Mood, motivation and mental performance are powerfully influenced by diet. The brain is an extremely metabolically active organ, making it a very hungry one, and a picky eater at that. It’s becoming pretty clear in research labs around the country that the right food, or the natural neurochemicals that they contain, can enhance mental capabilities—help you concentrate, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, magnify memory, speed reaction times, defuse stress, perhaps even prevent brain aging.”

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several studies have worked out a few ways to help keep your thinking organ in shape, now and as you age.

“It’s common to resolve to lose weight, but any sane person dreads a diet’s dulling effect on the brain. In fact, many studies have shown that counting calories, carbs or fat grams, is truly distracting — to the point that it taxes short-term memory. But how we eat can affect our minds at more fundamental levels, too. Here are five things you should know about feeding your brain: “

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