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Food That Could Boost Brain Power

New AARP book, in conjunction with Posit Science, offers blogger-submitted recipes with these brain-enhancing ingredients

Cranberries

En español l Cranberries have been identified as an excellent dietary source of high-quality antioxidants, which have been shown to help maintain healthy cognitive functioning. Pecan, Cranberry & Orange Muffins is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Oats

Oats supply energy to the brain, which may improve learning. They are also rich in selenium, an antioxidant that has been shown to have protective effects in brain disorders and age-related cognitive problems. Fruited Granola is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Almonds

Almonds are one of the most concentrated sources of vitamin E available, and vitamin E at a high daily dose has been shown to delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Amy's Cinnamon Almonds is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Asparagus

Asparagus is full of vitamin A, which contributes to adult brain plasticity — helping you keep your brain learning and growing as you age. Asparagus & Fennel Salad is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Walnuts and Berries

Only a quarter cup of walnuts provides nearly all of the suggested daily intake for omega-3 fatty acids. And recent studies found the polyphenols in berries can slow down age-related mental decline. Grown Up Fruit Salad is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Split Peas

Split peas and other legumes are rich in folic acid, which in research studies has been shown to improve verbal and memory performance, and may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Spinach Dhal is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Eggs

Not surprisingly, eggs have something in common with chicken: high choline content. Choline is linked to long-term memory development. Eggs Baked in Cream is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Asparagus and Onions

Asparagus contains vitamin A, which helps keep your brain learning and growing as you age. Also, onions can protect against stroke and may improve impaired memory. Asparagus, Mushroom & Ham Quiche With a Potato Crust is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Shrimp

Shrimp contains brain-boosting DHAs (Docosahexaenoic acids), but also offers a dose of vitamin B12, which is proven to be one of the most important vitamins for cognitive health. Orecchiette With Spinach is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Onions, Garbanzos, Garlic and Spinach

This dish offers a powerhouse of brain benefits— combining antioxidant-rich spinach, brain-boosting alliums like onions and garlic, folic acid and much more. Chicken & Pecan Enchiladas is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Chicken

Few meats have proven benefits for the brain. But chicken has several nutrients that may promote brain health — including choline and B vitamins. Slow Roast Stuffed Chicken is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Bananas

Bananas may not be a major brain food, but they offer significant doses of vitamins B6 and C — both of which may promote brain health. Plus, chocolate adds an extra brain boost! Chocolate Banana Milk Shake is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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Dark Chocolate

When it comes to the brain, the darker the chocolate the better. Darker chocolate has a higher flavonol content. Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tart is featured in AARP's book "ThinkFood: Recipes for Brain Fitness."

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