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B-vitamins can boost energy and mood, but that’s exactly why you shouldn’t take before bed, according to the February ’12 Bottom Line Health. The Bs may reduce your Zs, as in insomnia. Take your B-complex in the morning to get an early boost.

Dark chocolate may be something you want to eat in the morning as well. According to the February ’12 Reader’s Digest, “One square has just the right amount of theobromine (a cousin to caffeine) to wake you up but not enough to cause a crash later.” It’s also full of antioxidants and is a vasodilator—it opens up blood vessels. So if you work out in the morning, you’ll get better pumps too. (You gotta love excuses to eat more chocolate!)

Fish oil has been shown to improve heart health, reduce depression and improve mental function, and according to the January ’12 Prevention, that last one may have something to do with increased brain size. Scientists at Rhode Island Hospital’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center found that MRIs of subjects who took fish oil supplements for three years had bigger brains than those who didn’t.

Interesting quote ( from the November/December ’10 Well Being Journal): “John Reed, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, has shown that a healthy human body replaces more than 1 million cells every second and that it’s quite possible to replace the entire body every year with fresh cells.”

—Becky Holman

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