Foods To Boost Brain Power (cont.)

Member question: What kinds of foods naturally have folic acid in them?

Magee: When you think folic acid, think foliage. It's going to be in plants, but it's also enriched in certain grain products. So I'm going to list the top 20 folic acid rich foods. When you see me mention a grain product, it's because it's enriched in that product.

  • Brewer's yeast
  • Lentils
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Okra
  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Kidney beans
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Green soybeans
  • Pasta
  • Flour tortilla
  • Greens (collard, mustard)
  • Asparagus
  • Navy beans
  • Orange juice
  • Pinto beans
  • Beets
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Tofu
  • Papaya
  • Crab
  • Vegetable/tomato juice

Moderator: Elaine, do you have any final comments for us on anything we may not have covered?

Magee: Besides diet, exercise, and good sleep, which I mentioned earlier, praying and meditation, just having some quiet, time can really help us to be more focused and alert. Types of exercises that incorporate that would be yoga and pilates.

I know I mentioned a lot of food strategies today. A lot of this is from a chapter in a book that I wrote called The Change of Life Diet and Cookbook, which will be coming out in July of this year. Other books of mine, The Flax Cookbook and a new edition of Tell Me What to Eat if I have Diabetes, both came out recently.

Moderator: Thanks to Elaine Magee for being our guest. For more information on brain foods, nutrition, cooking light, or eating for special needs diets, visit Elaine on her Snack Attack! and Recipe Doctor message boards.

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