The Daily Meal 3/5/14

The research is pouring in. New studies regularly hit the press touting the benefits of certain foods and brain health. A recent study in the journal of Neurology has advanced research regarding the connection between brain health in women and the consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. We all want to maintain a healthy brain as we age, and there are many foods out there to help us do it. We have highlighted 10 of the best foods rich in omega-3s and other nutrients that will help you keep an active and healthy brain as you age.

In addition to brain health, there are may be other benefits to consuming foods high in omega-3s. According to Web MD, studies have drawn a relationship between omega-3 consumption and reduced risk of heart disease, as well as helping with depression, diabetes, and a host of other chronic illnesses. Eating foods rich in omega-3s may not only help keep your brain healthy, but your heart and mind as well. Click on the slideshow to view some of the foods with the highest level of omega-3s.

There are several ingredients that have become popular for their high levels of omega-3s, such as salmon and other fish products. These ingredients remain excellent and readily usable sources of omega-3s, but they are certainly not the only ones. You may be surprised at what foods are excellent sources of omega-3s. Certain commercial ham products, for example, contain high levels of omega-3s, as do some boxed cereal brands.

There are simple swaps of everyday items you can make to increase the levels of omega-3s in your diet. Next time you need vegetable oil, try switching to walnut oil. Certain household spices, such as oregano, are also high in omega-3s. Improving your brain health by consuming more omega-3s may be easier than you think.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about the best foods for your brain.

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