The foods that we eat are responsible for our brain health and overall physical health. So it is important to bear that in mind when you are out doing your weekly food shopping. It would be very easy to just say ‘I am too busy or too tired to cook’ and fall into the trap of picking up the many processed and packaged foods available. They are quick and easy some say. This might be the case in the short term, but when it comes to the long term, these packaged and processed foods will end up causing you long term health problems.
So why not take a bit of extra time and shop around the outside perimeter of the supermarket where the real foods are on display. Your brain needs to be healthy so that your memory will always be sharp.
Some of the best food types that are excellent for our brain are foods that contain Antioxidants. Antioxidants can improve your circulation which then improves the supply of Oxygen to your brain. Oxygen is the brain’s single most important nutrient. Many fruits and vegetables contain Antioxidants – Vitamins A, C and E, so we need to eat these foods with Antioxidants as they help to fight inflammation.
All of the following foods contain Antioxidants which help to fight inflammation and according to a new landmark study recently released, that by curbing inflammation in the brain, this may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease
One of the first foods that your brain loves is Walnuts. Have you noticed that when cracking a fresh walnut open, that the inside of the walnut looks very similar in shape to a human brain? Here is nature telling us that this is most definitely one food that your brain will love. They are excellent for the brain as they contain antioxidants, which fight inflammation, stimulates the birth of new brain cells and increases the communication powers of old brain cells. They also rejuvenate the very structure of brain cells.
Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries
These berries have a high content of Polyphenols and Anthocyanins which are Antioxidants. It is these particular Antioxidants that gives them their deep intense colours of blue, purple and red. They also stimulate the birth of new brain cells. Other fruits and vegetables are Prunes, Plums, Beetroot, Eggplant, Red Cabbage, Red Grapes and Cherries.
There are also studies that indicate blueberry juice supplementation in those with mild cognitive impairment increases verbal memory performance.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Eating vegetables of all kinds does wonders to preserve our memory as we age. The greatest protection comes from two families of vegetables: Leafy Greens such as Spinach and lettuce and Cruciferous vegetables including Kale, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and Cabbage.
They are great for learning ability and memory. Also rich in vitamins K, A, C, and other vital nutrients. Kale also promotes healthy vision and combats inflammation.
Did you know that your brain is composed of 60% Fat and is the fattiest system in your body? Fish contain a unique ingredient called Omega-3 fat which is made up primarily of EPA and DHA fatty acids. The high fat fish delivers much more brain protection than lean fish and they also contain good sources of the antioxidant Co Enzyme Q10. The best examples of fish are Sardines, Mackerel, Salmon and Tuna.
All of these foods contain Antioxidants which help to fight inflammation and as mentioned earlier according to a new landmark study recently released, that by curbing inflammation in the brain, this may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Now you know which are the best foods for your brain health, it is very easy to start improving your memory.
About the author:
- International Award winning Author of “Smart Brain Healthy Brain
- Natural Medicine Practitioner
- Smart Brain Health Centre www.smartbrainhealthcentre.com.au