Brain degeneration can affect anyone and everyone. Statistics show that the longer we live, the more our risk for Alzheimer’s increases. So, clearly it makes sense to do everything we possibly can to maintain a healthy brain.
Our food choices are probably the most influential variable that we can control and this directly relates to the health, vitality, and functionality of our brain.
Here is a list of foods that will improve brain function:
1. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols, which are powerful brain protective antioxidants.
2. Coconut oil enhances the ability of the brain’s neurons to use energy while at the same time reducing the production of damaging free radicals. It also provides saturated fat, which is a vital nutrient for the integrity and function of brain cell membranes.
3. Wild salmon is a natural source of the omega-3 oil, DHA. DHA plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health of brain cells and helps to stimulate the growth of brain cells in the brain’s memory center.
4. Blueberries are packed with brain-protective antioxidants and help to reduce inflammation.
5. Turmeric also reduces inflammation and turmeric in brain health has been documented in texts dating back more than 3,000 years.
6. Eggs are rich in choline, the precursor chemical for acetylcholine, which is a fundamental neurotransmitter in the human body. In addition, eggs contain cholesterol, an important component of brain cell membranes as well as serving as a brain-protective antioxidant.
7. Dandelion greens are rich in probiotic fiber, the specific type of fiber that helps nurture the growth of brain supportive gut bacteria.
8. Walnuts contain a variety of nutrients to support brain health including vitamin E, omega-3 fats, copper, manganese and fiber for brain supportive gut bacteria.
10. Asparagus contains probiotic fiber, just like dandelion greens, to support brain-healthy gut bacteria. Asparagus is also high in anti-inflammatory nutrients and folate.
11. Fermented foods are loaded with healthful probiotic bacteria, which all promote brain health.
12. Jicama is one of the best sources of pro-biotic fiber. Also known as a Mexican yam, jicama is high in vitamin B6, folate and vitamin E.
13. Kale is a great low-carb vegetable that’s rich in vitamins A, C, and K, as well as potassium and iron.
14. Broccoli is high in sulfurophane, a chemical that aids in detoxification, reduction of inflammation and reduction in free radicals.
15. Avocado is rich in monounsaturated fats to protect brain cells and avocado oil has been shown to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
16. Red wine contains polyphenols that stimulate brain blood flow.
17. Dark chocolate like red wine, also rich in polyphenols.
18. Spinach contains brain-protective antioxidants along with vitamin K, folate and lutein.
19. Almonds have high levels of brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and lots of brain-protecting vitamin E.
20. Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, a mineral that plays an important role in memory and overall brain function.
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