You hear a lot about heart-healthy foods, immune system boosters, and snacks that supercharge your gut. But, the one we seem to hear about rarely is about these days “brain food.” If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that you are what you eat by now. Your diet often defines your overall health, and that includes your brain. Believe it or not, the nutrients in certain foods can boost your cognitive abilities and brain functions over time. Keep reading to find out what those foods are!
The first stop on our list is leafy veggies. These leafy greens are already associated with healthy diets. Yes, these veggies make a great addition to any diet when you’re trying to lose weight, but the benefits go beyond weight loss. What are the leafy veggies in mention? Kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli. These veggies are rich in brain-boosting nutrients such as vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. There is research that suggests that these leafy foods may patiently slow cognitive decline. Keep that in mind when you’re putting together a salad or putting together a vegetable medley.
Last on our list is whole grains. Whole grains such as bread, pasta, barley, brown rice, oatmeal, and bulgur wheat are full of vitamin E. Your body uses vitamin E to protect and preserve healthy cells. By doing so, protects brain function and prevents neurodegeneration. Swap out your processed grains for some whole ones and aim to fit more oatmeal into your morning breakfast routine, along with some vitamin B-filled eggs, of course.
At this point, fatty fish is a Nutropia blog regular. We’ve discussed its benefits in several of our articles already, like the one we released last month, Foods That Help Inflammation in the Body. Fatty fish like herring, lake trout, and salmon are full of omega-3 fatty acids and unsaturated fats that have been linked to lowering blood levels of beta-amyloid. For those who don’t know, beta-amyloid is a protein that forms harmful clumps in the brain. This occurrence is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Now that’s one powerful food and yet another reason to add fatty fish to your diet. If your not a fish fan, all is well. Try adding an omega-3 supplement to your morning routine, or try adding other omega-3 sources such as flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts to your diet. Speaking of walnuts…
All nuts are fantastic sources of protein, full of healthy fats and more. But what you probably don’t know is one nut, in particular, may improve memory. That nut in question is walnuts. Like fatty fish, walnuts are full of omega-3, but they contain fatty acids called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Diets full of rich ALA and other omega-3 fatty acids are linked to lower blood pressure and cleaner arteries. That’s a win for heart health and brain health. All the more reason why you should include walnuts in your snack time.
Everyone loves breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, as they say. Eggs are an essential part of breakfast and a brain-healthy diet. Eggs are full of B vitamins. B vitamins are proven to slow cognitive decline. Plus, vitamin B deficiencies have been associated with depression and even dementia. That brings the most important meal of the day to a whole new level.
There you have it! Fill your diet with these healthy brain foods to boost your brain health. Eating foods with the proper nutrients simply fortifies your cognitive function over time. It’s not like you’ll eat a handful of walnuts and automatically remember every. That’s not the cause! Are you having trouble fitting the proper nutrients into your diet? We just so happen to specialize in that. Click here to learn more.