By: Brittany Wood, RDN and Kelsey Guth, RDN
Loss of brain function is believed to be a natural consequence of aging. However, it has been shown that B-complex vitamins are helpful and healthy for the human brain. A diet with a higher intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and legumes can contribute to a sharper brain. In addition, having a lower intake of high-fat dairy, processed meat, and sweets can also contribute to brain health. Beans are an excellent source of many B vitamins and are readily available and easy to incorporate into meals. Many wheat and rice products are also enriched with many B vitamins.
Want to boost your vitamin B intake? These meal options are rich in B vitamins:
2 cans kidney beans
2 cans black beans
2 cans chickpeas
1 medium onion
½ c fresh cilantro
2 cartons of cherry or grape tomatoes
½ c olive oil
½ c balsamic vinegar
Dash of salt and pepper
Kelsey Guth and Brittany Wood are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for Medical Facilities of America.