While we tend to think of eating healthy as a way to keep our body healthy, we sometimes forget this also includes our brains. Adding these foods may have an impact to promoting a healthy brain as we age.
Wild salmon – deep-water fish, like salmon, are rich in omega-3’s. Did you know, fish get their omegas from eating krill? Krill get their omega 3’s from eating algae!
Algae plants are naturally high in omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t like fish or fishy burps, try a high quality vegan omega supplement.
Nuts & seeds – these are high in vitamin E, which is linked to lower cognitive decline in aging. Walnuts may improve working memory!
Kale & other cruciferous veggies – these are packed with powerful antioxidants that can help protect your brain against free radicals.
Olive oil – olive oil has a LOT of antioxidants and vitamins important for memory and preventing mental decline.
Avocado’s – monounsaturated fat can help contribute healthy blood flow, which lowers risk of strokes or hypertension that can permanently damage brain tissue.
Beans – the slow digestion allows for your brain’s first choice of fuel, glucose, in a steady pace without high peaks of high blood glucose levels.
Eggs – These are rich in choline, which is used to make acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter providing communication among brain cells.
Berries – the phytonutrients work in mechanisms to help get rid of the proteins associated with age-related memory loss and by helping the brain combat oxidative stress.
Fermented foods – to nourish your “second brain” AKA your gut microflora!
You don’t have to rush out and purchase any single one of these food items…we don’t eat nutrients in isolation, we eat them in combination with others foods which ultimately provide us with the wide variety of nutrients we need. It’s important to get a wide variety of food (especially fruits and veggies). The focus is to reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and other vascular risk factors, (which play a role in brain and heart disease) by incorporating more of these whole foods into your diet!