When it comes to safeguarding your brain for the long term the quality of the food you eat is of paramount importance. You know the old saying, you are what you eat, and this is especially true when it comes to your brain. Throughout your life your brain, like the other organs of your body, is in a constant state of flux. It depends on the nutrients you feed it to maintain its critical structures – the glial cells, the neurons, and the vital network of blood vessels that feed it throughout your life.

Another point worth emphasizing is that finding hard and fast recommendations about the best foods for brain health is subject to some uncertainty. That’s because it is very hard to separate out the effects of one food as opposed to another. People, by necessity, eat a variety of foods over any length of time. Even the number of foods consumed over a 24-hour period can be considerable. So how does the food scientist figure out what foods are associated with what health benefits?

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