Skip to content Eating well can help build muscle, strengthen bones, and protect the heart. But food also plays a major role in mental wellness. “If you make eating for brain health part of your lifestyle, you’ll be well positioned to sharpen your memory, help keep depression at bay, and stave off cognitive decline,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, founder of the Brain Food Clinic and author of Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety. The basics of eating for brain health aren’t complicated, he notes. You want more vegetables (especially leafy greens) and fruits (especially berries).