We’ve all had days when we didn’t feel like we are ‘on our game.’ And as we age, both our bodies and our brains grow old as well. By making smart food choices though, we can preserve our precious grey matter longer and improve our brain functions. Here are some brainy choices to keep our minds in tip-top shape.
- It was proven that blueberries protect the brain from stress dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills.
- Avocados, though considered a ‘fatty fruit,’ contribute to healthy blood flow and decrease blood pressure, lessening the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke.
- Deep-water fish, such as salmon is a wise, freshwater fish choice. It’s abundant in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are fundamental for healthy brain function.
- Nuts and seeds are a good source of vitamin E, an important vitamin needed by your brain to stave off declining cognitive functions. Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower, sesame seeds and almonds are all great choices.
- Whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oatmeal also contribute to a healthy brain by reducing the risk of cardiac disease. By promoting a healthy heart and improving blood flow, the brain is sure to thrive thanks to an excellent and nutrients supply through the bloodstream. Complex carbohydrates also supply the brain with a steady stream of glucose that enhances brain functions. It’s important to avoid simple carbohydrates often found in junk food. The glucose gives the brain a short-lived sugar high, often followed by a strong decline that makes you feel hungry and tired.
- Freshly brewed tea also has potent antioxidants, especially the group known as catechines, which also promotes healthy blood flow. Since black teas do contain caffeine it’s important to use it reasonably.
- Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties, contains several natural stimulants, which enhance concentration, and encourage the production of endorphins, which help improve mood. Again, moderation is the key.