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After the initial stress eating, pick some brain-healthy snacks, Ackrill suggested. Omega-3 choices such as salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds are known brain boosters. So are berries, such as blueberries. In fact, one review found the antioxidants in berries can boost communication between brain cells.

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Instead of looking to the rainforests of South America or the mountains of Tibet for the next superfood, why not look to your backyard — or your local farmers market and grocery store? The superfoods you’ll find there aren’t new or the beneficiaries of a major marketing campaign, but they’re no less healthful.

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You’ll get about 30% of the recommended daily target for vitamin C in a cup of raw blackberries. In addition to supporting immunity and healthy skin, this potent antioxidant is needed for DNA repair and the production of collagen and serotonin (the neurotransmitter that helps promote happiness and sleep).

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The antioxidants in berries, including blackberries, have been shown to help reduce brain inflammation and change the way neurons communicate. These effects can help to fend off age-related memory loss, protect motor coordination and ward off cognitive decline.

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Thought to be native to southeastern Asia, ginger has long been prized in India, China and the Middle East, before the Chinese brought it to Rome when it grew in demand and became widely traded. It’s been used extensively in the treatment of many ailments, such as colds, nausea and arthritis.

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Even though they’re plentiful in supermarkets year-round, nothing beats the flavor of a juicy, sun-ripened strawberry in season.

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Before peaches, plums and berries appear in markets, apricots arrive. Most apricots are destined to be canned or dried, and their season is fleeting, so get fresh ones fast.

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They’re full of plant compounds with antioxidant and inflammation-fighting effects —and often you can use less salt when your food has more flavor.

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These are a great source of fiber and protein; nuts and seeds also provide healthy fats and antioxidants. Eat a serving of legumes (½ cup, cooked) — found in hummus or lentil soup — at least twice a week and a small portion of nuts daily (about 1 tablespoon, or 10 to 12 almonds or walnut halves).

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These juicy little fruits pack a one-two punch for heart health. They contain antioxidant compounds and the heart-healthy fiber pectin, which help bring HDL cholesterol up and LDL cholesterol down.

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You already knew kale was a superfood, but here's one more reason it's worth adding to your shopping list: Dark leafies can bind to bile acids, which could help your body flush out more bad cholesterol (and get your HDL-to-LDL ratio in a healthier place).

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Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cranberries are chock-full of antioxidant compounds like anthocyanins, phenolic acids, stilbenes, tannins and carotenoids, which are linked to lower inflammation and healthier cholesterol levels.

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Many consumers are jumping on the "clean-label bandwagon" and actively demanding foods free of artificial and chemical additives, like preservatives. Food manufacturers have responded by reformulating products with' natural' or alternative preservatives, like celery powder, rosemary extract and...

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Passion fruit is a type of berry that grows on a vine. It's been said that after eating passion fruit, you'll fall in love with the next person you see. Playful, or risqué as that may be, the historical passion behind this tropical Brazilian native is related to the passion of Christ, given by South American...

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When it comes to healthy skin, what you eat matters. In addition to staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen, make sure you get plenty of these foods in your diet for glowing, healthy skin. Probiotics do more than just heal your gut, says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin.

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