We all want the best brains we can possibly get right? We all want to become smarter. How do we keep our brains young? How do we make sure that our brains are as healthy as they can be? In this article I will show you exactly what foods to eat to make that happen. Actually is it quite simple, the foods that are bad for your heart are bad for your brain.
There is a handy food store up the street where I live and in the past I always liked to go there to get some potato logs. I would not just order the small batch I would order the large and eat them all. They are so good and so cheap that I could not resist their lure. I used to eat them everyday until my pants were getting a little too tight! They were making me fat! That was not all they were doing, a portion of those potato logs were stuffing the arteries of my brain! So remember the next time you are stuffing your face with those saturated fats that you are not only harming your heart and your body but also the organ that runs it all.
Lets get started with the foods you should eat to have a healthy and young brain.
1. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts contain monounsaturated fats to keep those arteries clean. They also help to boost your mood and the best part about them is that they are full of the amino arginine that stimulates the pituitary to release growth hormone. Growth hormone declines quickly around age 30 so getting the pituitary to release as much as it can is a real help to slow down aging. My favorite nuts are almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and on and on.
All berries are healthy for the brain but blueberries deserve special attention. If you eat blueberries on a regular basis it has been shown through studies that they help improve your memory. They also fight against inflammation which is a factor in aging. Some research suggests that they can also reverse age related declines in balance and coordination. So get to the store and get some fresh or frozen blueberries. I like to buy the frozen ones and take them out of the freezer and put them in a cup and eat them as a snack while watching tv! :-)
When I say fish I mean Salmon, flounder, mahi mahi, tilapia, sea bass, halibut, mackerel, white fish, and sardines. These types of fish contain artery clearing omega-3 fatty acids. They protect the brain and supports its functions. Aside from all that they are a rich source of high quality protein which the brain needs for the making of neurotransmitters. Before I leave fish I want to especially point out Salmon which has been helpful in fighting Alzheimers and other age related diseases.
4. Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and egg yolks
Broccoli is my favorite out of those four. It has been shown to improve memory and slow the aging process. All four of them are rich in a substance called choline which helps produce the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is an essential part of healthy and efficient brain processes. I love to steam the vegetables and have them as part of dinner.
I know what you are thinking. What about all that fat? Well Avocados have a healthy fat that actually promotes blood flow helping your brain get the blood it needs. Also, Avocados have been shown to reduce blood pressure.
6. Whole grains
Like old fashioned oatmeal and whole grain bread. They contain vitamins, fiber, and even a little Omega-3. It will not be hard to include in your diet.
Is this a surprise to you? Let me say right off the bat that it is only in moderation and without all the creamers and sweeteners. Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of Alxheimers and other mental disorders. Caffeine contains antioxidants. This does not mean that you should drink 8 glasses a day. We are talking moderation here.
8. Dark Chocolate
At least 70% cocoa. It keeps arteries young and helps improve focus and concentration. You might want to snack on a little before an exam. I would buy a bar and break it up in seven pieces and then eat one piece a day so that one bar lasts you for one week.
There you have it. Some simple ideas for foods that will keep your brain young and healthy. If you eat right for your heart you will generally eat right for your brain.
Wishing you the best of health!