Eat For Brain Health

As we age, we gradually become accustomed to the idea of having “senior moments”, those times when we’ve misplaced our car keys or forgotten an important date or appointment. . Then there are those who may develop Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research has shown that what we eat directly affects our brain health by strengthening our brain cells and helping to protect our bodies from diabetes which increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Try to eat more of these foods:
Blueberries protect the brain from stress and may help improve learning capacity.
Nuts and Seeds are good sources of Vitamin E which reduces cognitive decline.
Fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as wild salmon, sardines, and herrings are anti-inflammatory and are beneficial to the synapses of the brain. The synapses are where many of our brain functions occur. Omega 3s also help to stabilize moods and help fight off depression. They enhance learning and memory.
Avocados have monounsaturated fat which encourages a healthy blood flow and help lower blood pressure.
Whole grains reduce the risk for heart disease by improving blood flow which is also good for the brain.
Spices and herbs such as garlic, ginger, oregano, cinnamon, turmeric and pepper) are strong anti-oxidants and protect our brains from wear and tear.

In addition to eating the above foods, it’s important to avoid processed carbohydrates which means just about anything that’s white: white bread, white rice, sugar, and processed cereal. They cause inflammation and slow down brain communication. Trans fats should also be avoided. They are found in deep fried foods and solid spreads like margarine. These fats block the brain’s use of healthy Omega 3s.

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