Boost brain power with super foods

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Which foods do Americans their get bulk of calories from?

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Need to give your brain a boost? Jonny Bowden, who is known as the "The Rogue Nutritionist" joined KARE 11 News at 4 to give some tips to make our brains work a little smarter.

Bowden says if you feel like you're lacking in brain power, the problem may lie in your diet. Proper nutrition is essential for maintaining top brain function, and it is possible that you simply aren't getting enough brain vitamins.

Bowden says eat smart for a healthy brain. Add these 'super foods' to your daily diet for a brain boost!

1.  Omega-3s: People with the lowest levels of omega-3 fatty acid in their blood cells had smaller brains compared to those with high levels, according to a recent study in Neurology.
Omega 3s, support heart health, brain health, boost mood, and lower blood pressure. Eat salmon, tuna, and foods with Omega 3s.

2. Flavonoids: Found in berries, they may cut your risk for Parkinson's disease because of their anti-inflammatory powers, research suggests. Look for Blueberries and strawberries.

3. Vitamin E: It's another antioxidant that helps protect your brain and nerve cells from potential damage. Researchers have found that supplementing a diet with vitamin E can delay the progress of Alzheimer's disease, or help prevent it altogether. Look for Palm Fruit Oil, nuts, seeds, and Vitamin E.

4. Dietary fiber: Whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain breads, and brown rice can reduce the risk for heart disease. If you promote cardiovascular health, you're promoting good flow to the organ system, which includes the brain.

Incorporate whole grain breads and pasta, and possibly fiber supplements.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, (aka "The Rogue Nutritionist") is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition and health. He is a board-certified nutritionist with a master's degree in psychology and the author of fourteen books on health, healing, food and longevity including two best-sellers, "The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth" and "Living Low Carb."

A frequent guest on television and radio, he has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition, weight loss, and longevity.

He is a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Men's Health magazine, is the Nutrition Editor for Pilates Style, and is a regular contributor to AOL, Vanity Fair Online, Clean Eating Magazine, and Better Nutrition.

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