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Eat Smart

Foods may affect the brain as well as the body

10:14am, February 27, 2006

This is part two of a two-part series on lifestyle and brain fitness. Part I: "Buff and Brainy," is available at Buff and Brainy.

At family dinner tables around the globe, prodding mothers have dished out the same refrain for decades: "Eat your fish," they say. "It's brain food!" For children picking at crusty fish sticks or blobs of pink poached salmon, the statement raises suspicions. But the message is turning out to be more than just an attempt to get children to clean their plates. Recent research is suggesting that what you eat can influence the function of your brain.

Scientists are providing hints that what you choose to consume or avoid in your daily diet can have consequences on the brain's resiliency in the face of injury or disease. Studies suggest that foods such as fish and a curry spice called curcumin, for example, can give the brain an added edge to stay healthy.

On the other hand, a steady diet of high-fat and s

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