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(CNN) -Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health.

The bad news; as we age our brains can become less sharp. The good news; we can improve our chances of maintaining a healthy brain by adding "smart" foods to our diet like blueberries. Studies show that blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. 

Broccoli, a great source of vitamin K, is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brain power.

Fish, a protein source linked to a great brain boost, is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. For brain and heart health, try eating two servings of fish weekly.

Whole grains, a diet high in whole grains can cut the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol. This can reduce your risk of plaque buildup and enhance blood flow, offering a simple, tasty way to fire up brain cells. 

Nuts are good sources of vitamin E, which has been linked in some studies to less cognitive decline as you age. 

Dark chocolate contains natural stimulants like caffeine, which can enhance focus. 

In other health news, April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and the Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center in Lawton is having the ‘Just say ahh’ screenings on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. until noon. For more information or to make an appointment, call 580-250-6565.

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