February is National Heart Month and the human heart is seen as the symbol of love. So we hope you find time in February to show yourself a little love for your heart and brain!

Cutting cholesterol, including fruits and vegetables along with eating fish might help keep the mind sharp.

It might sound fishy, but diets high in cholesterol are bad for the heart and your brain. It has been suggested that getting plenty of omega 3 fatty acids, found primarily in fish, is vital for a healthy noggin, researchers say. In particular, a component of omega 3 fatty acids known as DHA.

DHA is found in the brain and is needed for healthy cognitive function. It is widely believed to have an anti-inflammatory effect and is known to have a protective benefit on the heart. The most concentrated source of DHA is oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, herring, sardines and mackerel.

In an observational study conducted at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Martha Clare Morris, associate professor of internal medicine, found that people who ate fish once a week had a 60 percent reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s compared with people who never ate fish. Eating fish more than once a week did not appear to provide additional benefits.

Help your heart, your brain and share a little love with this simple and delicious healthy tuna salad recipe. Enjoy!

  • 12 ounces good-quality tuna, packed in oil, drainedsswwcc
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 apple, such as McIntosh or Gala, cut into bit-size chunks
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper – add sparingly to desired taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices sourdough or your favorite multigrain buns
    Directions: In medium bowl, combine all ingredients and divide equally on bread or buns. Then pile on some
    lettuce, red onion, tomato or whatever it is that you prefer to create your yummy sandwiches. Don’t forget to share one with someone you love! 

Source: NBC News – Maintaining Your Memory