4 Superfoods That Dr. Oz Recommends to Fight Off Disease & Mental Decline

Dr. Oz On Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Oz says the 4 best foods for fighting cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease are chia seeds, Brazil nuts, coffee (3-5 cups daily is sufficient), and lentils. Dr. Oz calls these four foods superfoods and brain boosters.

Dr. Oz says that research has shown that a diet rich in a trio of combined nutrients, Antioxidants, monounsaturated fats and omega-3s, do great things for your body and nourish your brain.

Blueberries and strawberries
Blueberries and strawberries
Brocolli
Brocolli
Dark chocolate at least 70% cocoa
Dark chocolate at least 70% cocoa
Grapefruit
Grapefruit
Cauliflower
Cauliflower
Brussel's sprouts
Brussel's sprouts
Coffee beans
Coffee beans

Foods That Fight Disease

Chocolate: Contains flavanols, improves cognitive ability, and night vision. Must be dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa. More cocoa is better.

Blueberries and grapes: These foods contain stilbinoids that fight infection, mental decline, high cholesterol, cancer, and lowers blood glucose levels lowering your risk of diabetes.

Grapefruit: Contains flavonoids that fight colon cancer. Eat a half grapefruit 2 or 3 times a week to lower your risk of developing colon cancer.

Leafy vegetables contain folate, and vitamins B12 and B6, along with other compounds needed to retain memory.

Artichokes, cranberries, russet potatoes, and pecans: These foods are among the highest ranking foods for fighting cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Have at least one serving of one of these foods at every meal, or snack.

Tomatoes: Contain lycopenes that lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. A study by Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed that middle-aged women cut that risk by 30 percent by eating tomatoes or tomato based products once a day.

Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower: Contain sulforaphane that slows the growth of breast cancer cells and cancer in general. All these foods are helpful, but cauliflower is rated the highest among them.

Turmeric: This spice has been shown to improve cognitive agility considerably and is available in a pill form in case you do not want to include it in your food.

Avocado: Contains Omega-3 acids that decrease your risk of heart disease, and vitamin E that gives your immune system a boost. Also contains potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, magnesium that increases energy, and momounsaturatrd fats that lower LDL cholesterol.

Pinto beans: Packed with protein, and makes a great meat substitute when combined with whole grains like brown rice. Pinto beans contain vitamins, fiber, iron and minerals, and pinto beans lower cholesterol and help prevent blood sugar levels from rising too quickly. Digestive disorders, like the bowel syndrome and diverticulosis, can be prevented by regular intake of pinto beans. Help prevent heart disease.

Green tea and black tea: Contain flavonoids, caffeine, and theanine, all of which have been shown to prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease from developing.

Strawberries are full of vitamins and phytochemicals that help slow cognitive decline.

Coffee: Believed to improve of one's cognitive ability and helps fend of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Bottom Line

While consuming all of the healthful delicious foods on this list will improve your diet and give your body the nutrition it needs, including disease fighting nutrients, you still need to watch your sodium and sugar intake and not overdo the calories.

Do not forget to exercise. As I pointed out in a recent hub, exercise is the closest thing known to being the Fountain of Youth, even reversing the signs of age in some cases.

© 2012 C E Clark

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Au fait 14 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W., for commenting, sharing, and for adding some great information to this article! People who do not read the comments on a hub along with the full text of the article itself are often missing out on some great additional info!


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Peggy W 14 months ago from Houston, Texas

Good morning! I thought that you would be interested in this. The person who wrote the Brain Fog Fix...a new book that has been recently published...mentioned several things that truly helps offset dementia.

Eating blueberries (as little as a quarter cup of them) every day is one thing. Walking as little as a mile per day pushes off the onset of adult dementia by many years. Also...something I had never heard previously...mixing a half to 1 teaspoon a day of tumeric and the same amount of black pepper in a small amount of cold water (the black pepper increases the effectiveness of the tumeric) and drinking it daily helps.

Apparently people who eat a lot of spicy food that contains tumeric (he cited statistics from India as one example) have very little incidence of mental decline when older. I have started mixing up that spice combination in the morning for my husband and myself. It is not bad!

Thought that you might be interested in this. Going for our walk now. :)) Sharing once again.


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Au fait 17 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, glad you are enjoying the good things of the season and keeping cool as much as possible. Glad you could stop by. Take care . . .


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

The grapefruit from the Valley and the strawberries from California are really good right now. We have been enjoying both of them of late. Refreshing to eat foods like that in this Texas heat. I know you are suffering up in north Texas. We surely are down here in Houston! Always nice to bring attention to this good hub of yours.


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Stella (Ladyguitarpicker), thank you for stopping in. So glad you enjoy this article!


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ladyguitarpicker 18 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Au fait, I really like this list. I really do believe what we eat plays a great part in our health. Thanks for such a beneficial article. Stella


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for thinking of me and for sending the angels that are always welcome. Yes, I think food needs to taste good to be enjoyed and to give a person a feeling of satisfaction. Much depends on the way they are prepared as to the taste, and so if one way doesn't work well for a person, then try another.

Hope all is well with you and your family. At least the best that it can be. Take care . . .


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida

I have read this before Au Fait but wanted to stop and say hey. As a matter of fact, I am just finishing the many blueberries that I picked this summer with my friend so need to replenish them.

This article certain helps us to realize that there really are so many things that are good for us that TASTE good!!! And that is important, isn't it?

Hoping that you and yours are well this evening.

Sending many Angels and blessings your way ps


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Colorfulone, thank you for reading, and sharing your situation and your thoughts on this subject. I so sorry your mother has Alzheimer's.

I understand about living out in the country having grown up on a farm. Grocery shopping was once a week. We provided most of our own food on the farm, but there were a few things that were easier to buy. There was no running to the store because we were out of something or forgot something.

I think it was good training. I rarely run to the store for anything. I'm ready for almost anything including a blizzard (never happen in Texas ;) ), or an ice storm, etc. We get lots of those in the winter. One trip a week to the grocery store is enough and I'm usually prepared with enough food for a couple of weeks easily, so no need to pick the grocery shelves clean like everyone seems to do when they hear a bad storm is on it's way.


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colorfulone 18 months ago from Minnesota

I am Mom's caregiver because of Alzheimer's, she cannot live at home alone so I moved home to live with her. She sure does love her chocolate and coffee, and just about anything I put in front of her. Its good to see that we are eating most of the things on your list when we can get them. Living 35 miles out in the country is not handy to run to the store for things we want or need. -- Very useful article, thank you.


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for adding good information to this article. This is as much about Dr. Oz as it is about his recommendations for a healthy brain. It's a consideration to add info about the Mind Diet or maybe to write another hub on that subject . . .


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DeborahDian 20 months ago from Orange County, California

You might want to check out the newly released MIND diet and add a few things to this article. According to the researchers who created the MIND diet, people should also eliminate red meat and most animal fats from their diet, as well as sweets. Instead, they should eat a plant based diet (as you suggest) plus a little poultry, fish, red wine and olive oil. People who did this cut their risk of dementia in half!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Kristen Howe, thank you for stopping by, for the vote, and so glad you enjoyed this article!


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Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Great hub, Au Fait. Real fascinating to learn what's real good for you and your health. Nice work! Voted up!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Ezzly, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this article and for giving it a Tweet! Yes, Dr. Oz says coffee is good for preventing Alzheimer's, but there are other scientists and medical professionals who say coffee is bad, so it looks like they just can't agree.


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ezzly 21 months ago

Fantastic article! Coffee has gotten a lot of bad press so it's refreshing to learn that it helps fend of Alzheimer’s disease ( something which is in my family) I think I read before that it can help with blood sugars too. Voted up and sharing on twitter !


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Yes, it's good to start taking care of ones health the earlier the better. At a certain point it probably doesn't matter anymore. Thank you for commenting and sharing your thoughts!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Aesta1, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. This is Dr. Oz's list. I should think nuts would be healthful unless you have an allergy to them, no matter what kind they are. Just remember they're not a complete protein and to mix something with them that will complete the protein (see my hub on how to complete incomplete proteins).


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DeborahDian 21 months ago from Orange County, California

I just saw yesterday on the news that signs of future dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease, are visible in brain scans starting when some people are in their 20's. As a result, I thought more people would like to re-read this article and make sure they start eating right when they are young, if they want to prevent mental decline as they age. Obviously, you can't start eating right in your 60's, if your brain has already had decades of neglect before then!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Thonasjames1992, I went to your profile page and you have no hubs! I was looking forward to reading one of them. Hope you will have some soon. :) Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Jake Peralta, thank you for stopping by. So glad you do something healthful for yourself first thing of the day. May you have a long, healthy life, full of delicious veggies and fruits, and all the other things you love!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for the votes and share! These are all wonderful, delicious foods and it's so nice to have something yummy that's good for us! Thank you for the angels also and may they speed to you, and surround and protect you and your loved ones, at all times.


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for pinning and sharing this article again!


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aesta1 21 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Because of our age, we try to add many of these healthy options to our diet. We were told walnuts are really good but you mentioned pecans. Sometimes, I get confused with all the news about what is healthy.


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Thomasjames1992 21 months ago from London

Mmmm all that food looks delicious


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Jake Peralta 21 months ago from Indio, California

Good thing I eat these fruits for Breakfast every day.


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

Every time I read of these superfoods I am thrilled, really.

Some of the time things that are really good for us are really not that tasty...but the two in the photo are YUMMY. And they are so easy to use in many ways so that we are not in a rut as to how to serve them.

Thanks for the heads up...hopefully we will all enjoy more of these on our way to healthier brain power.

Angels are once again on the way to you

And once again I am voting up+++ and sharing ps


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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

The newest information about coffee from scientific research is that drinking 3 to 5 cups a day is now OK. Going to start our day out with some fresh blueberries and Greek yogurt and will have my first cup of coffee. Will share this hub again and pin to the Awesome HubPages board. Sure hope they get a handle soon on a successful treatment for Alzheimers. So many people are being affected!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for commenting on this article and for sharing with your retired readers.


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DeborahDian 21 months ago from Orange County, California

Excellent information. Since I am also the author of a retirement blog called baby-boomer-retirement. com, many of my followers will be interesting in this information on foods that can prevent mental decline. I am going to share this with them!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Peachpurple, thank you for stopping by!


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Cyndi10, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for the votes too! So glad you found it useful and glad that you enjoy these foods often because they are so tasty and good for you.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

thanks for the information, i must keep note


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on and sharing this article! I wish you could get the fruits you listed too. They're so delicious and good for you too! Not many things meet both requirements. I guess because of the nature of the items family members here in the states wouldn't be able to ship them to you and that's too bad. Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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Cyndi10 22 months ago from Georgia

Two years later, the list hasn't changed as it sometimes does. This was such a comprehensive list of what is good for you. All are so easy to have in the diet, at least for me, because they all taste great. I'm so glad that coffee moved from the bad for you to the good for you category since I like both tea and coffee.

Voted up and useful.


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Paul Kuehn 22 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I find this hub so interesting and useful that I had to read it again! I am eating a lot of the foods you suggested. I just wish I had access to blueberries, pecans, artichokes, cranberries, and other fruits which are hard to get here in Thailand. Voting up again as interesting and useful and sharing with HP followers. I am also sharing with Facebook followers.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Ladyguitarpicker, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for the up vote! Fruits and veggies are important and a healthy diet and sufficient rest can go a long way in protecting from colds, flu, and other diseases. Glad you found this article useful!


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ladyguitarpicker 22 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Great article, and very useful. Since I eat better I hardly ever get a cold anymore. Fruits and Veggies are so important. Voted up.


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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Samprita, thank you for coming by and voting on this article! Glad you enjoyed!


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Samprita 23 months ago from Indore, India

Quite informative indeed!!! I love reading about articles on health, as I myself belong to the healthcare industry. My hubs are also health related... Loved reading your hub n voting it up !!!!


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for the votes, shares and good wishes! Glad you enjoy this article and find it useful.


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for your good wishes and for G+ing and tweeting this article! May 2015 be a happy, healthful, peaceful year for you and those you love!


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

I hope you have a better new year than last year. This is one of your better articles and it is so useful. I don't think enough people realize the importance of fruits in the daily diet.

Voted-up UABI and shared

Blessings and Hugs and all the best in the New Year.


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Peggy W 23 months ago from Houston, Texas

Happy New Year Au fait. Only a couple of days now... Wishing you much joy, peace and happiness in the year ahead. Will G+ this and give it a tweet.


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Au fait 24 months ago from North Texas Author

Vespawoolf, thank you for taking time to leave a comment! Happy Holidays to you and yours!!


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vespawoolf 24 months ago from Peru, South America

There are so many delicious foods that are good for us, too! I was surprised about pinto beans. I wouldn´t have thought to add it to the list, but you´re right Aufait. And thank you for the reminder that exercise is the closest thing to a fountain of youth.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Creativelycc, thank you for coming by and commenting! Also for the up vote and the share. Hope you and your family are enjoying this holiday season!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for sharing this article and for helping people to remember staying healthy is important and will help the holidays be more enjoyable.


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creativelycc 2 years ago from Maine

Excellent advice about staying healthy and preventing diseases like cancer. Voted up and shared!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

With all of the extra goodies people are consuming this time of year over the holidays, it is good to be reminded to keep eating these foods that are nutritionally packed and so good for us. Will be sharing this once again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

fpherj48, hope you get the opportunity to try some turmeric. I can't speak for the face mask as I've never smeared turmeric on myself anywhere, but it is tasty in certain foods. ;)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Learn Things Web, thank you for commenting on this article! Fruits and veggies are good for us, but Dr. Oz seems to think these specific fruits and vegetables are extremely helpful in avoiding Alzheimer's and other dementia related diseases.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I did read a hub a while back about a healthy face mask made with tumeric. It claimed it's very good for the skin and leaves it glowing!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Paula (fpherj48), thank you for checking this article out, and for the votes and pin! So glad most of these foods are on your menu often. I have some tumeric on my spice rack but I don't remember what I used it for!

According to Google search you can use this spice/herb in scrambled eggs, and to flavor vegetables, etc. I probably used it in some sort of soup or stew.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Mary615, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for the votes and shares too! The beans will offset some of the negatives in eating a lot of naughty things, as will eating lots of good veggies and fruits in general. Making a real effort to eat those things that are good for you along with a few of the other things, can make a huge difference in a person's health.


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Learn Things Web 2 years ago from California

Excellent list. It shows the importance of eating lots of fruits and vegetables.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron, and for the share!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

C.E. This is a "good news" article for me. Every single food item listed here are foods that I really enjoy quite often. (Except for the herb, tumeric) I'm not sure I would know it's flavor and I've never used it in my cooking for any reason. I think I'll experiment and get to know this herb.

Dr. Oz has made quite a name for himself through his T.V. program. I try to catch it as often as possible. Always something very interesting to learn.....Up++pinned


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

I make dried Pinto beans about once a week. I like to think they will balance all the "bad" stuff I eat. I know that is not true, but I kid myself into thinking that. I like all of the foods listed.

Dr. Oz is an amazing person. Thanks for this good info.

Voted up, etc. and shared.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

I have new friends on FaceBook and thought I would share this with them. I don't know if they eat healthy or not, but just in case they need the information.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

DeborahDian, thank you for checking out this article! I'm sure chocolate dipped blueberries or strawberries would be good so long as you take care to make sure the chocolate you're dipping into is at least 70% cocoa. :)


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DeborahDian 2 years ago from Orange County, California

This is such good news because I love most of those foods! (How about chocolate dipped strawberries and blueberries?)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

rls8994, so glad you enjoyed this article and found it useful! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Nadine May, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! Glad you found it inspiring! ;)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

lyns, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this important issue and for the votes!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

vocalcoach, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue as well as for the votes, pin, and share. So glad you enjoyed this article!


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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi

I love Dr Oz. He gives us such great information for our health. I had heard about the grapefruit being very beneficial and have been trying to eat them more. I will have to add the other items to my grocery list. This is such an informative article with great information! :) thanks for sharing this :)


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Loved your hub, especially about coffee to improve of one's cognitive ability and helps fend of Alzheimer’s disease. I now do not feel bad having a third cup for the day! I will look out for dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa as a snack. Awesome


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lyns 2 years ago from USA

Great hub on health and right foods, I am always interested in what proper foods to eat and what they are for especially since as you know our foods have less and less nutrients and vitamins, thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and plus 114148p lyns


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

As a vocal coach I have practiced healthy eating most of my life. Our body is our singing instrument and needs both healthy food and exercise.

I recently added Chia Seeds to my daily diet as well as Hemp. Glad you mention Chia in this informative hub. I read from beginning to the end and appreciate your excellent presentation.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and will pin to my Healthy Food board. Sharing as well and thank you for this wonderful reminder.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

rebeccamealey, thank you for coming by. With Alzheimer's disease becoming more and more prevalent it's nice to be able to think these foods may help prevent it or slow it's onslaught or progression.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by and for the share and votes! Nope, Dr. Oz didn't mention cherries at all.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It is always good to be reminded of the benefits of these foods. Putting them on my grocery list. Thanks!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, Just came back to re-read this, it contains so much good information but cherries were not mentioned?

Voted up, UAI and shared


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for sharing, Google +ing, and pinning this article!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

ElleBee, thank you for stopping by and checking out all these delicious healthful foods! Glad to know you like most of them. I think the only one I'm not really crazy about is coffee. Nope, not a coffee drinker. Thanks again!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

oligsinquito, thank you for commenting. Think you are most probably correct. What we eat can make such a difference in every aspect of our lives.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

PegCole17, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, and for sharing about your mother and aunt. How we treat our bodies and brains is bound to affect how they function and hold up over time. Imagine putting dirty watered down gasoline in our vehicles? How well would that work, and for how long?


ElleBee 2 years ago

I had heard about the benefits of blueberries and grapes, but didn't know so many of these other foods were so beneficial. Happy to report I like most of these foods :)


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

The share buttons are visible now so will pin to Awesome Hubpages, Google+ this and share with my followers.


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

All of these foods are good for us. I'm sure there would be much less degenerative disease and cancer if people cleaned up their diets.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Most of the food here is food I actually like! That's great news. What a delight to find out that coffee may actually improve brain function or defer memory issues.

My Mom is in a state of mental decline and is getting quite forgetful, but she's 89. Her sister is 94 and still good with the snappy retort. It's interesting to note their different lifelong food habits. Louise eats everything on her plate and drinks a lot of milk. Mom pushes her broccoli around on the plate and says she's full.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

cygnetbrown, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. I'm glad you are able to grow these things in your garden. There is nothing better than home grown. I miss my mother's garden and all the delicious foods she cultivated there and all the yummy meals she made from her own home grown harvests.


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cygnetbrown 2 years ago from Alton, Missouri

I love the fact that so many of these foods that fight disease are items that I can grow right in my back yard. Add to that the exercise that gardening provides and its a one-two punch (as Dr. Oz says) for fighting off diseases.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Word55, take care of yourself, or pay the price in the years to come. Your body does most of its work repairing itself when you sleep, so make sure you give it plenty of time so you'll continue to look and feel like 25! :)


word55 2 years ago

Ok Au fait, you are correct. 8 hrs of sleep gives a oerson optimum health benefits. Thank you so much, I needed to be reminded of that. -:)


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Word55, thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts on this article. Eating right can make a huge difference both short term and long term, but remember, 8 hours of sleep is best for optimum health benefits no matter what you eat. :)


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Love this hub! Great research done here Au fait. I love eating as healthy. When I do, I sleep much better. I can go to bed at 2 in the morning and still wake up at 6 am. Thanks for sharing.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for Tweeting this hub. I've heard good things about Cosco, but we don't have one here. :(


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to give this good hub of yours a boost by tweeting it. Finished our blueberries and strawberries and have to purchase some more at Costco the next time we shop there.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, Peggy W, for reading and commenting on this article! As I previously suggested, restarting your computer may bring the buttons back. I haven't noticed them missing at all nor has anyone else mentioned it, so maybe it's an issue with your computer. My sometimes has to be reset sometimes by restarting or sometimes even rebooting it. Embedded videos disappear, comments won't post, and all kinds of strange things happen and then I restart my computer, and everything works like it should again.

Thank you again for taking time to stop by and leave a comment!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

After the holidays people will be thinking of eating better diets again for those who stray from the norm this time of year. We can use this kind of good information regarding helpful foods year round. Fortunately my husband and I like all of these foods and consume them regularly. Intended to share again but no share buttons!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this article, and especially for sharing it. These good foods are great for staying healthy in every way.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

My family and I enjoy all these foods. I have pinned and shared this in the past, but thought it would be worth it to share again, especially with the followers of my retirement blog. Seniors are the most concerned about mental decline and disease. Thanks for this well-thought out article!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, thank you for pinning this hub!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Came back to pin this hub to my health board.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Glenda. Glad you find this article useful and I hope it helps you stay healthy for many years to come!


Glenda 3 years ago

I find this article very interesting, with lots of tips on how to stay healthy.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Sid76, Thank you for reading and voting on this hub! So sorry it has taken me so long to respond, but I just now discovered your comment in my Spam folder. I have no idea why it was put in there. HP puts some comments into the Spam comments folder and there is no way to know why.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning this article!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Au fait,

This will be an excellent hub to Pin to my Health related subjects board. Consider it done!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Marla Neogra, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Hope you will put several of these super foods on your list for regular consumption so that you will be here on HP for a long time!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for your compliments and for sharing!


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Marla Neogra 3 years ago from Parkersburg, West Virginia

Yes, very useful and interesting!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This useful article about the good foods that we should be enjoying frequently to promote good health is certainly worth another share. Happy to do it!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Paul, the pleasure was all mine. I'm so glad if this hub can be helpful to you -- ease some stress, improve your blood pressure, help get and keep you healthy, and live a long life!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

Thanks for the info about decaf and psychologytoday link. I appreciate this very much,


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/pinning/tweeting this hub, including on FB!

I so very much appreciate your sharing your thoughts on this subject. I checked and discovered that YES! the same benefits from regular coffee are yours in decaf also. Here is a link to a short article on Psychology Today that may be of interest to you: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-foo...

There are other articles from credible sources listed on Google also, if you just type "Benefits of decaf coffee," in the search box.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading/commenting on this hub Shyron, and for reminding people that grapefruit doesn't always mix well with prescription medicines.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

This is a very useful hub for good health, and I really enjoyed reading it. It is important to include a lot of fruit and vegetables in your diet. All too often we see young people only eating fast food and junk food like chips and cookies. I never realized that coffee was so beneficial in preventing Alzheimer's. I drink two cups a day, and the doctor says that is too much because I have high blood pressure. Are there any benefits to drinking decaf? Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Toytasting, thank you for reading, commenting, voting on and especially for sharing this hub! Isn't it wonderful that some of our favorite things are actually good for us? Glad you enjoyed this hub and hope it will be helpful to a long and healthy life!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you leilabarda for commenting on this hub. Glad you enjoyed it!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait,

This is one of my favorite hubs. This includes a lot of the foods that I love, but no chocolate (mgraine trigger, I have Carob Chips,) no grapefruit (everyone should read on their prescription information to make sure grapefruit does not counteract their medication) otherwise I good to go on everything else.

Voted up, Useful, Awesome and Interesting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for sharing your knowledge of these great foods and for sharing this hub with others. I hope the info here will help you and everyone have a more healthful diet and live longer and happier!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Careermommy, thank you for reading, commenting, voting on and sharing this hub! So glad you enjoyed this article and hope the information within will be useful to you.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this hub! Chocolate and blueberries are delicious and I'm glad they're a part of your diet. I love fresh blueberries. Isn't it great that there really are foods that we like that are also good for us?


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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

Au fait, this is such an interesting hub. I am so glad to see chocolates, strawberries and coffee in your list - hope these will fight off a few diseases. Thank you!

Voted up and sharing :)


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leilabarda 3 years ago from Marikina City

truly that natural food help us combat disease. thanks for creating such a wonderful hub. more to come....


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Au fait, I love this information, and what an excellent hub. It's very thorough, and well written. It's also voted up and shared!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Took another look at this hub and this is definitely worth sharing. Taking care of that now. Turmeric is also supposedly good to ward off joint damage by arthritis. Many of these foods listed also have great fiber benefits in addition to the benefits that you mentioned like the fruits, vegetables and beans.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I agree with billybuc that it is wonderful that chocolate and blueberries are included in this list. I eat many of the listed foods regularly. Great info!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

mperrottet, thank you so much for reading, commenting, voting on and sharing this hub. Glad you found some helpful information.

Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your much appreciated comment, but this has been a murderous week at work. Going to try to respond to a few comments before I crash (sleep), and hopefully get a good start on catching up over this weekend. Hope you will have a great weekend, and thank you again for taking time for my hub.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Arun Kanti for commenting on this hub! Glad if you have learned something that will be useful to you.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

sid76, thanks for up vote and share.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

dghbrh, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, voting, and sharing. Hope you found something beneficial here.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rajan jolly for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially sharing this hub! Exercise is the Fountain of Youth!


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I eat all of the foods listed except turmeric. Perhaps I should add that as a supplement. Great hub - voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

Thank you very much for such a very useful hub with healthy tips.


sid76 3 years ago

Awesome! sharing & voted up.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

very useful and informative hub. Shared and votes way up


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

As much as the intake of healthy foods is important the value of exercise and containing the consumption of sugars, sodium and calories is not any less important.

Thanks for underlining this fact.

Voted up and useful. Shared.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by rasta1! Glad you are trying to eat healthful foods as much as possible.


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I try to eat the foods that you have listed as often as possible.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Olde Cashmere, for reading and commenting, voting and sharing this hub! I hope having a list of these healthful foods will inspire people to eat more of them. I get hungry just looking at them!

Happy New Year!


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Olde Cashmere 3 years ago from Michigan, United States

This is all useful and helpful information Au fait. Outstanding work with this assortment of healthy foods. Voting up, sharing, and rating useful and interesting :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron. I'm glad you like most of the foods listed here. They should keep you mind sharp for writing more great hubs!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, thank you for commenting on this hub. Glad you enjoyed!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you vespawoolf, for reading and commenting on this hub. A good variety of healthful food in one's diet can make such a difference in one's health and attitude/outlook! It isn't just our physical bodies that are affected by what we eat . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I love my coffee and most of the things on your healthy list.

Great hub


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

I love information on nutrition. We try to eat a variety of healthy foods and I'm glad to know that chia seeds, lentils, Brazil nuts and coffee are on the list of foods that fight Alzheimer's. We just need to keep incorporating them into our diet! Thanks so much.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy eating all the foods mentioned and I am glad you have mentioned them. Thanks for a good Hub on health advise


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

moonlake, thank you for commenting on this hub! I'm not great about eating fruit like I should either. I favor vegetables, but some of the fruits listed here are among my favorites.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I love all the foods you mention. I not great about eating fruit like I should. Voted up on your hub.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron! I hope your coffee will stave off Alzheimer's too. Dr. Oz says it will help . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

I love my coffee! Hope it will stave off Alzheimer.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

iguidenetwork, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! Dark chocolate is good too -- alone or mixed into the coffee.


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

Wow... I'm not much of a coffee drinker but since reading your hub I'll probably start drinking coffee often, I see it as a simplest and cheapest way to fight off Alzheimer's. Thank you :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Nicole S for stopping by. I hope you were able to preserve much of summer's great harvest for when it is no longer seasonal and will make a great treat!


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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

Mmmm, I'm going to miss all the fresh fruit and veggies that summer brings. This hub is fantastic, great job!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Makes me hungry to look at all those gorgeous vegetables and fruits! Many are my favorites. Glad you enjoy this hub, Shyron. Hope things are getting better in rehab. Thank you for taking time for me when I know you have so much more on your mind.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

This is a great hub, no matter how many times I read it.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

zsobig, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! Glad your grandfather is doing well. There are lots of people in their 80s if you look around, and they're getting around fine and sharp as tacs. Many are running companies and countries.

Experience and knowledge usually come with time, so your grandfather should be more informed about a lot of things than people much younger. So long as his mind is sharp, he has the advantage when it comes to knowing things.

I love to talk to people in their 70s and 80s and beyond because they can tell me things younger people haven't a clue about. They're walking history books for starters. They often know how to do things young people never learned. My own daughter has decided she has no interest in cooking or sewing. That is how skills and knowledge are lost -- people choosing not to learn them.

Glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks again.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Suhail and my dog, thank you for reading and commenting on my hub!

Just be sure the chocolate is at least 70% cocoa -- dark chocolate. :)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

GoForTheJuggler: Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub! Yes, there are a lot of good foods out there and really no reason to make junk food a staple.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Nice hub, agree with the content completely.

My grandfather just became 80 this year, and during his life when my grandma was still alive they eat loads of vegetables and fruits and grandma cooked delicious meals from these.

Since she died my mom continues her habit and thank God my grandpa is still 100% clean mentally - moreover: sometimes he knows more about the world than I do :)

Voted up!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for commenting on my hub!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

points2make: Thank you for commenting on my hub! Know you achieve your goals with nutrition and you will feel so good when you are eating right. At least chocolate is allowed! ;)


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Suhail and my dog 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Wow! Chocolate and coffee is actually good for me. Informative indeed, I have to bookmark this.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Brett. Tesol for commenting and sharing and all the rest. Yes, I do have quite a selection of subjects and it will probably get more varied with time. Something for everyone. It's always nice when the things you enjoy most are good for you, yes? Agree with moderation.


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GoForTheJuggler 4 years ago from Texas

Great hub! There are so many healthy foods out there, it's hard to remember all of them - voted up, across, shared!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is such good advice whether to fight off mental decline or just plain improving one's health in general. Thanks for promoting good health measures such as this. Voted up and useful.


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point2make 4 years ago

Thank-you for your helpful suggestions and the information. I am pleased to see my diet does contain most of what is on your list. I still have work to do but it is nice to see that I am making some progress. Thanks again for the encouragement. Voted up.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Good all round summary of some vital food to include. It is also GREAT to know that coffee is actually good for you. There are so many reports for and against this, and many other 'boosters'. However, like with your hub items, I think that a varied diet and moderation is KEY.

Shared, pinned, up, interesting and useful.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you tillsontitan for such high praise and for taking time to read and comment! Also for the share.

Yes, I was an A student all through school until recently. :( Basically a nerd despite appearances. ;)


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

girishpuri: Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, and thanks for the follow too! I hope this hub will help people improve their physical well being so that they can put their minds to other pursuits.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

georgescifo: Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub! I do hope this hub will help people to understand better how to live a healthful life.

My own thoughts are not so much about extending life as my older kin tend to live into their mid-late 90s, but my concern is more to quality of life. Who wants to be 98 years old and sickly and miserable?

Having a healthy lifestyle today can make a world of difference down the road and help insure as much as possible that life will be an enjoyment rather than a burden to ourself and everyone around us.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Hmm, Dr. Oz and chocolate as number 1, what more could you ask for in a hub! Seriously, you've provided a great list with good information about each item as always. You really do your homework and we get the benefit! Were you this thorough in school ;)

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared so others can read this too!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you jennzie for commenting on my hub, and for the follow!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

carter06; thank you for your comments and tweets, and shares and everything! Wow! I have been trying to get better informed about all the social networking things I should be doing while my paying work is slow because it's summer. Currently I'm working on a FB page, but have no Twitter acct. or any other account. Anyway, I'm glad this hub is helpful to you and so many other people.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting, Shyron. All these gorgeous photos of yummy foods that are good for you always make me hungry to look at them! Sorry you aren't able to eat some of them, but at least you can have most of them.


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very useful hub and now many antioxidant medicines contains extracts of the above mentioned foods, voted useful.


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georgescifo 4 years ago from India

Really informative hub and hope that this hub serves as a great source for us to fight the diseases that comes into our daily life..


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Very informative and useful hub. Thanks for this great information.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Such a great reminder of foods that we need in our diet Au fait...voted up & awesome,useful, bookmarked for future reference, & shared & tweeted...great hub...cheers


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

This is an awesome hub, I love all these things, but can't do chocolate, cranberries or grapefruit. Everything else is all good.

Always great hubs


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you billybuc for reading and commenting. Glad that berries and chocolate are among your favorite foods as they are also good for you.

Alzheimer's is a truly sad affliction and I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Let's hope a breakthrough for a cure will be found soon . . .


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'm so happy to see chocolate and berries at the top of the list. I'm feeling pretty good right now. :)

On a serious note, thank you for writing this. My best friend was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 46...he is now 51 and is showing rapid decline. This is such an important issue in the world...thank you.

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