Brain-healthy vegetables

Learning new skills, reading, exercising, and sleeping help increase brain health. Your diet is also important for keeping your brain "fresh" as you age,

Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, is a member of our medical expert board. Here are the vegetables to purchase on your next supermarket run.

"Kale, spinach, broccoli, and collard greens are rich in vitamin K, folate, beta-carotene, and lutein". "High in antioxidants, these vegetables help battle cellular damage.

Crucifers.Broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable that benefits brain health. Cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamin K, which boosts memory.

Orange vegetables.Sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, and butternut squash are beta-carotene sources, explains Goodson. "Antioxidant beta-carotene improves cognitive health

"Beets are a good source of nitrates and folic acid," explains Goodson. "Nitrates promote brain blood flow and cognition. Folic acid, or B9, reduces the risk of dementia, Alzheimer's, and depression."

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