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LEARNINGRX’s TOP BRAIN FOODS; BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK MAR. 16 - 22
LEARNINGRX’s TOP BRAIN FOODS; BRAIN AWARENESS WEEK MAR. 16 - 22

LearningRx is commemorating the 20th anniversary of Brain Awareness Week, Mar., 16 - 22, and provides a list of the top 20 brain foods that support brain function like broccoli, tomatoes, walnuts, blueberries, avocados, salmon, red wine, dark chocolate, cinnamon,  pumpkin seeds, olive oil, hummus, green and black teas, almonds, beets, whole grains, coffee, eggs, curry and garlic. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

LearningRx, a local brain training center, recommends these 20 brain-supporting foods. (1) Broccoli is rich with vitamin K which enhances cognitive function and improves memory. (2) Tomatoes have Lycopene which helps prevent damage to brain cells that lead to dementia. (3)  Walnuts have vitamin E and that helps lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. 4) Blueberries help protect the brain from stress and improve thinking and memory and (5) Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that contribute to healthy blood flow to the brain. (6) Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that help improve cognitive function, which helps with working memory, while (7) red wine has antioxidants that help block plaque in brain. 8) Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, another class of antioxidants that research links to brain health. (8) Cinnamon has been shown to help attention and it helps regulate blood sugar.  (9) Pumpkin seeds provide zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills. (10) Hummus contains garbanzo beans which help stabilize glucose (blood sugar) levels. (11) Dark, leafy green vegetables like kale and bok choy are filled with antioxidants which are particularly powerful brain protectors, (12) green and black teas can improve attention span, reaction time and other brain skills. (13) Olive oil  is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which has been shown to actually slow brain aging. (14) Eggs are rich in choline which helps with maintaining memory and communication among brain cells (15) and curried foods have turmeric that contains a chemical that has been shown to decrease the plaques in the brain thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. 16) Beets are a good source of naturally-occurring nitrates, which help improve blood flow to the brain. 17) Garlic may help stave off some forms of brain cancer. (18) Whole grain crackers/bread provides the brain energy to concentrate and focus, keeping you mentally alert throughout the day. (19) Almonds are a great source of vitamin E might help to prevent cognitive decline. (20) Coffee improves mental acuity.

Brain Awareness Week is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. For more information, go to http://www.dana.org/BAW/.

“We know that certain foods help improve memory, support cognitive function and contribute to healthy blood flow to the brain,” said Maureen Loftus, executive director of LearningRx of Reston, Va. and Vienna, Va. “Next time you have the munchies, think about grabbing something that can help your brain,” said Loftus.

LearningRx provides cognitive skills training to all ages; whether it be preschoolers or school-age children struggling in school, students and adults looking for a competitive edge, the older adult dealing with dementia or memory loss, or the athlete or military veteran who is coping with a traumatic brain injury. LearningRx creates a brain training program that is customized by an expert trainer, with one-on-one guidance and feedback throughout the program.

ABOUT LEARNINGRx of DC Metro Area: 
Since 2010 LearningRx braining training centers of DC Metro Area have specialized in treating the cause – not the symptoms – of learning struggles and help increase the speed, power or function of the brain. LearningRx’s game-like exercises and one-on-one trainer-to-student ratios provide guaranteed dramatic improvement in as little as three to six months. With more than 80 franchises nationwide, LearningRx brain training programs can help all ages, from those just looking for a competitive edge or those dealing with learning disabilities, autism or ADHD, to those with dementia or traumatic brain injuries. DC Metro Area offices are located in Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va., and North Potomac. Md. Visit www.learningrx.com, Facebook or Twitter.

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