Feeling Foggy? Load Up on These Brain Vitamins, Stat

As science advances, the more clear it becomes that what we eat matters. In fact, some health issues can be solved with diet adjustments alone. And while eating healthily can help you feel that your body is at its best, a diet that includes the right foods can also keep your brain in top shape. Not only can good nutrition help you manage your day-to-day stresses more efficiently, but it can also improve how your brain functions as you age. "The fact is, our brains are constantly aging, and while we can't stop that process, we can slow it down by consuming nutrients that keep it young,” explains Rebecca Lewis, registered dietitian at HelloFresh. “Nutrient-dense foods that are rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals help us grow new brain cells while warding off illnesses such as depression and dementia."

Ahead, doctors and dietitians reveal the vitamins and foods that are essential for keeping your mind sharp.

Vitamin B12

"This B vitamin (also known as cobalamin) helps ensure proper nervous system function," explains Jennifer Markowitz, RD, a clinical dietitian working in Philadelphia. "Low levels of B12 are associated with poorer short-term memory and concentration, low energy levels, and depression." So where can you get it? Animal products like meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy are rich in B12. If you're vegan, look for fortified alternative milks, or give supplements a try.