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How can I maximize my brain health?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Here's a new pair that's great for your brain: exercise and less salt. This team can slash the fuzzy thinking and memory lapses that come with extra birthdays by two-thirds or more.

A big reason is how good this pair is for your arteries. It keeps them flexible and clog-free, and protects against high blood pressure. Did you know that healthy arteries are important for your brain? They're its fuel lines, constantly delivering the oxygen and blood sugar your grey matter gobbles up -- fully 20% to 25% of what's in your bloodstream. That fuel supply is what keeps your brain humming.

Take that as extra motivation to do your daily 30-minute walk instead of surfing the Web for another half-hour, and to grab a handful of cherry tomatoes instead of salty tortilla chips when you get back.

Don't stop there. Turning this dynamic duo into a terrific trio is even better. Give your brain a regular dose of omega-3s from salmon, trout, walnuts, canola oil and algae-based omega-3 capsules. Omega-3s not only guard against memory decline, they even protect against brain damage after a stroke. Aim for 900 mg every day of DHA, the omega-3 your body likes best.

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