Onions

Onions are rich in the antioxidant quercetin, which has been shown to protect against ischemic brain damage (a type of stroke) and may improve impaired memory. Quercetin has also been implicated as a potential anti-depressant.

Hoppin' John

In the South, folks eat Hoppin' John on New Year's Day in hopes it will bring luck and good fortune. Your brain will hit the jackpot with folate-rich black-eyed peas as you enjoy this tasty Southern tradition!

Curry Grilled Corn Soup

If you're looking for brain health, make sure your curry powder contains turmeric. Even a small amount of curcumin—a compound in turmeric—can be beneficial to the brain. Scientists believe it's one of the reasons India has much lower levels of dementia. In addition to curry powder, this recipe also includes onions and garlic. Onions are rich in the antioxidant quercetin, which has been shown to protect against ischemic brain damage (a type of stroke) and may improve impaired memory and prevent depression. Garlic has also been shown to improve memory and cognitive performance in healthy and impaired subjects, and may stave off Alzheimer's.

Lentil & Squash Salad

Legumes like lentils and garbanzos are an excellent source of folic acid, which has been shown to be a key ingredient to brain health in babies, children, adults, and into old age. Getting enough folic acid while pregnant is important for fetal brain development as well.

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