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September 2013 Issue

A Brain-Boosting Diet

Feed your brain with Mediterranean foods—fish, legumes, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables—to keep it sharp as you get older.

Just as a healthy diet can help fend off chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, what you eat also can help you keep your mental edge as you age. Approximately five million Americans over age 65 have Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that destroys brain cells and the most common form of dementia. Second to Alzheimer’s disease is vascular dementia, which occurs when the blood vessels of the brain become damaged and prevent adequate blood supply to parts of the brain.

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