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After the initial stress eating, pick some brain-healthy snacks, Ackrill suggested. Omega-3 choices such as salmon, walnuts and flaxseeds are known brain boosters. So are berries, such as blueberries. In fact, one review found the antioxidants in berries can boost communication between brain cells.

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Instead of looking to the rainforests of South America or the mountains of Tibet for the next superfood, why not look to your backyard — or your local farmers market and grocery store? The superfoods you’ll find there aren’t new or the beneficiaries of a major marketing campaign, but they’re no less healthful.

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You’ll get about 30% of the recommended daily target for vitamin C in a cup of raw blackberries. In addition to supporting immunity and healthy skin, this potent antioxidant is needed for DNA repair and the production of collagen and serotonin (the neurotransmitter that helps promote happiness and sleep).

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The antioxidants in berries, including blackberries, have been shown to help reduce brain inflammation and change the way neurons communicate. These effects can help to fend off age-related memory loss, protect motor coordination and ward off cognitive decline.

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Even though they’re plentiful in supermarkets year-round, nothing beats the flavor of a juicy, sun-ripened strawberry in season.

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Before peaches, plums and berries appear in markets, apricots arrive. Most apricots are destined to be canned or dried, and their season is fleeting, so get fresh ones fast.

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