Maintaining a healthy brain usually means more than just burying your nose in a book. Experts say to preserve brain power as one ages one should eat well, stay physical, challenge oneself mentally and stay socially active. And as a recent study shows, Maryland may be the best place in the country to keep your brain in tip-top shape.
Maryland was ranked No. 1 of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, boosted by high scores in a number of factors, including low rates of smoking, low incidence of Alzheimer’s-related deaths, and a hearty appetite for seafood, fruits and vegetables.
The result comes as part of America’s Brain Health Index, a portion of a national health campaign called Beautiful Minds. It’s a joint effort between Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Majid Fotuhi of the NeurExpand Brain Center, and DSM Nutritional Products, a purveyor of vitamins and food additives like omega-3 fatty acids.