You can keep your body nearly immortal with exercise and your skin looking youthful with good practices and products, but how about defying the age of your brain? Good news. It involves eating.

A barrage of studies have found compounds like antioxidants, flavanols, polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins and minerals (notably, folate, vitamin E, and B vitamins) naturally found in food can help protect your brain. Since your mental health is indicative of your overall well-being, give your grey matter a boost by eating foods fortified with these heavy-hitting nutrients. 

We enlisted the help of physician, author of the Eat Right for Life book series, and private wellness coach Ann Kulze, M.D. to identify the absolute best eats for your mind. These fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts, spices, and more will protect your brain, fight fatigue and fogginess, ward off aging, and boost your mood and alertness.