It might not be the best choice when you have your nose to the grindstone, but chamomile can give your mental health some much-needed TLC. One study found that chamomile extract worked better than a placebo to reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Check out more of the best and worst foods for anxiety.
This mustard yellow powder is an antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory. In India, where turmeric is eaten daily in curries, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is 25 percent lower than the risk in the U.S. Incorporating these other everyday habits that prevent Alzheimer’s into your life may further improve your chances of keeping the disease at bay. In lab studies, mice that were fed curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) developed fewer amyloid plaques, associated with Alzheimer’s, than rats that weren’t. Clinical trials haven’t found a direct link between the herb and brain health (find out what the science really says about turmeric), but it can’t do any harm. Add turmeric or curry powder to any curry dish and to egg salad, or include up to a teaspoonful in pea soup, casseroles, or lentils. For a new take on paella and Spanish rice, sub out saffron for turmeric. Try this recipe for a Creole skillet dinner, and check out more mouthwatering recipes that can boost brain power. And don’t miss the 11 turmeric benefits for glowing skin and hair.