Making you smarter
Food for the mind is not only good books. A variety of fruits and vegetables are also very good for the brain. This is especially important for those who are engaged in mental work, as well as for the elderly. The antioxidants in fruits prevent damage to brain cells and are an excellent prevention of atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Doctors consider apples, pears and apricots to be the best brain "helpers" (they are rich in iron, which helps saturate the brain with the oxygen it needs to function properly), carrots rich in luteolin (a compound that reduces age-related memory deficits and the risk of inflammatory brain diseases), beetroots (they are high in iodine, iron and glucose), and cabbage and spinach (they supply brain cells with iron, vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid).