Who would have thought all those streamed crabs decked in Old Bay would give our Maryland brains super-strength? Well, maybe not super, and probably not thanks to shellfish, but Maryland recently ranked the number one state for brain health. The study was done by the National Center for Creative Aging. As a part of the Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential, groups worked with the chairman of the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness, Dr. Majid Fotuhi. Out of the 21 factors considered in the study, a few of the most essential were physical health, social well-being, diet, and exercise. Fotuhi told The Sun that, “As the country experiences unprecedented increase in life-expectancy to 78 years – an increase of 30 percent over the past century – the knowledge that we can influence brain health and cognition throughout life is more important than ever.”

It’s no surprise the result showed we’ve consumed a considerable amount of DHA-rich fish (after all, what’s better than stuffing down fresh sushi or sucking out crab legs drenched in spices?), not to mention we have low incidences of Alzheimer’s. I’m proud to have recently turned into a Marylander, formerly from Connecticut — these new results give me high hopes that when I’m gray-haired and wrinkly my mind won’t be lost before my bod. So keep on eating those blue crabs and making an effort to exercise, even if your idea of exercise is jumping up and down in front of the tube while the Ravens play. And next time Baltimore ranks high on a countrywide fat sampler, remember Maryland residents are in good shape when it comes to their brain health.