This topic is on brain health and what you can do to keep your brain healthy and sharp. As you may have guessed, taking care of your mind can be as easy as eating the right things and normally the right foods can be the best medicine. Recently, I had posted the quality of food consumed affects your quality of living, even your brain health. There are a few foods that can greatly benefit you long term and we’ll get into those. What most people don’t know is that eating healthy can greatly lower your risk of diabetes and hypertension. It will also lower your risk of taking on heart disease and newer research is beginning to show that Alzheimer’s disease as well as dementia can be prolonged and possibly prevented!
First, let us start with the obvious: Fish. For an animal that spends so much time in the water and still smells so bad, it still packs a healthy punch of essential nutrients that are vital to brain and heart health. As far as medicine goes, they aren’t always as great as the real thing and great examples of Omega-3’s rest in highly nutritious fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna, which you can pick up at any nearby grocer. These few fish are highly rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for heart health, not to mention docosahexaenoic acid.
There’s good news for all you herbivores out there. Your lush, dark leafy greens are absolutely exploding with brain power goodness like vitamin E to keep you and your brain feeling young for many years to come. Vitamin E is used to help treat or prolong brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s as well as a failing nervous system. Other benefits of vitamin E help aid Parkinson’s disease, those annoying night cramps, as well as restless leg syndrome.
Our favorite thing to eat as children has some pretty impressive benefits as well. Peanut butter is a source of healthy fats and vitamin E. It’s no surprise that nuts are good for the body anyway with walnuts ranking so high in nutrition, they are now considered a drug and almonds following up close. When it comes to walnuts, the omega-3 fatty acids that walnuts contain has been researched and studied to show they help aid in lowering cholesterol levels as well as prevention against strokes and heart disease. These miracle nuts can soothe arthritis and fight off mental illnesses and other inflammatory diseases.
A well known health guru once said, “Eat berries every day,” and to this day those words prove to be word of wisdom. Berries, such as blueberries, are loaded with incredible vitamins that your body needs daily. The first true fact about berries is the quality of antioxidants they provide. Antioxidants delay some types of cell damage mostly found in man-made processed foods from ingredients we can’t pronounce or prevent cell damage altogether. The Antioxidants found in fruit, vegetables and even stronger in berries free your body of harmful free radicals which can negatively impact your body and your health in several ways, such as aging faster and losing memory. In terms of antioxidants, don’t overdo it. Too many antioxidants can turn on you, causing you to having a stroke.