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What Foods Promote Brain Health?

08-27-2019

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.

Blueberries

Because blueberries are rich in antioxidants, they can combat the effects of stress and inflammation, both conditions that contribute to brain aging.

Dark Chocolate

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.

Fatty Fish

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.

Leafy Greens

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.

Turmeric

Studies have shown that turmeric may help improve memory, but also it encourages the growth of new brain cells.

Pumpkin Seeds

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.

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