Eating Your Way to Optimal Brain Function
By Donna Stark
I am willing to bet that most people know exactly what to eat when they have a cold or if they are working out and want to build muscle. It's probably something that they have been told over and over, and now barely give it any thought. Vitamin C for the sore throat and runny nose, protein for the muscle, right? That probably took less than a second for you to answer, and that's good, because it's good to know exactly what to feed your body so that it can function at the highest level possible. But do you know what to feed your brain so that it can perform at its best too? Could you answer that question as quickly as the Vitamin C one?
The health of your brain is arguably one of the most important factors to consider as you age, so it is critical to know exactly what to feed it now so it has all the nourishment it needs for later. Studies have shown that eating certain foods can have a significant impact on future cognitive function, so if you are not already eating these foods, perhaps you could start incorporating them into your diet. Take a look.
- Blueberries - Any kind of berry is a great addition to your diet, but the antioxidants in blueberries are particularly important for brain health. They can help protect against oxidative stress and have been shown to delay memory decline.
- Walnuts - Walnuts contain a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid as well as antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, all which help to reduce the risk of degeneration and mental decline.
- Salmon - The king of omega-3s, salmon has become the go-to meal for those who wish to improve the health of their brain, but the benefits don't stop there. Salmon also contains magnesium, zinc, and Vitamins B and D.
- Avocado - Surprise! The heart-healthy avocado is also great for your brain too! Avocados help to promote blood flow which is extremely beneficial for brain function.
- Dark chocolate - When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can have a positive impact on the health of your brain. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants which help to open up blood vessels and fight the effects of oxidative stress.
Wait, There's More
Don't like the options above? Don't panic! There are plenty of other foods that will help you set the stage for optimal brain health in your future. You just need to find them! It may be a challenge, but it's a challenge worth undertaking. So start making it a priority to add some brain-boosting foods to your diet and get yourself ready for optimal cognitive function. Who knew that the way to becoming smart was so darn delicious?
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