Feeling sluggish or like your brain isn’t keeping up like it used
to? While there is no perfect way to prevent the decline of brain functioning
as we age, foods that are rich in B vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3
fatty acids can all promote cognitive function. Try including some of
the following in your healthy diet for an easy way to promote better brain health.
Because blueberries are rich in antioxidants, they can combat the effects
of stress and inflammation, both conditions that contribute to brain aging.
Do we have your attention? That’s right, dark chocolate not only
boosts your mood, but also includes antioxidants, much like blueberries.
Just be sure to keep moderation in mind to avoid sugar crashes and tiredness.
Fish like salmon, herring and cod are full of omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy
unsaturated fat that can lower the presence of beta-amyloid in the blood
stream. Beta-amyloid is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
Not a fan of fish? Avocados and walnuts are also high in omega-3.
Tea and Coffee
Some studies have shown that caffeine may help the brain retain new memories.
So while too much caffeine can have negative effects on other systems,
a morning cup of coffee or tea can benefit your mental function.
Almost every “eat this list” includes leafy greens. But really,
plant-based foods are not only healthy. Studies have shown that they help
reduce cognitive decline.
Studies have shown that turmeric may help improve memory, but also it encourages
the growth of new brain cells.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, and zinc deficiency may play a role in
Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, these seeds boast a high iron
content, which is a great nutrient to battle brain fog.
Want to know more ways to boost your brain health? Ask your doctor at your
next appointment. If you’re looking for a primary care provider,
learn more about our network of knowledgeable, compassionate providers at https://www.caromonthealth.org/Services/Primary-Care/Locations.aspx.