Brain health has become an increasingly investigated and reported upon area of health, particularly for those interested in anti-aging healthcare and wanting to know more about avoiding dementia and other brain disease
You can think of the brain as being like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel to feed and maintain it’. Eating food with appropriate levels of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals will help that process and free radicals can be removed too.
Food that is not ‘brain-ready’ can damage the organ and highly processed or refined food will not help in the maintenance or support of brain function.
So what are the best foods for your brain that you can eat to preserve or even enhance your brain?
A report from Harvard Health indicates that the most important thing you can do is to follow a healthy dietary routine that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Try to get protein from plant sources and fish and choose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola, rather than saturated fats. In other words, the foods that will help your brain retain, or even enhance its performance, will be the same foods that also preserve hour heart and blood vessels.
The 5 Best Brain Foods
The Harvard study indicated the following 5 foods as top so far as preserving and enhancing brain health is concerned.
Green, leafy vegetables –
These include veges like Kale – the basis of many fruit juices and high in vitamins A, C, K and B6; spinach with its high iron content, red or green lettuce which has high levels of vitamin A and other vegetables like collard greens, chard and watercress.
Fatty Fish –
Fatty fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, a major building block of the brain. Omega-3s play a role in sharpening memory and improving mood, as well as protecting your brain against cognitive decline.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants that may delay brain aging and improve memory.
Tea and Coffee
Coffee and tea can help boost alertness and mood. It may also offer some protection against Alzheimer’s, thanks to its content of caffeine and antioxidants.
Drinking coffee over a lengthy period has been linked to a reduced risk of neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. The largest risk reduction was seen in those adults who consumes 3-4 cups daily
Nuts generally have major health benefits, but the Harvard study focused on walnuts in particular for their brain protection powers. A 2014 study found that women who ate nuts regularly over the course of several years had a sharper memory compared with those who did not eat them and other reports regularly point to the benefits of nuts in the diet.
Nuts like walnuts contain a host of brain-boosting nutrients, including vitamin E, healthy fats, and plant compounds and are a major part of any healthy diet.
- Green, leafy vegetables. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. …
- Fatty fish. …
- Berries. …
- Tea and coffee. …
Foods for the brain are of course more than these five, outlined in the Harvard study, but others like brocolli, dark chocolate, turmeric and others are always good to add to the diet.