February 20, 2018
Superfoods to Fuel Your Brain
by Bryan Schubert
We’ve all had days when we didn’t feel like we were ‘on our game.’ And as we age, both our bodies and our brains grow old as well. By making smart food choices though, we can preserve our precious gray matter longer and improve brain function.
Here are some of the top choices for quality brain food.
Blueberries have been shown to potentially shield the brain from stress, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both learning capacity and motor skills.
Avocados, considered a ‘fatty fruit,’ contribute to healthy blood flow and decreased blood pressure, decreasing the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke.
Deep-water fish, such as salmon, is a wise choice. It’s abundant in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for healthy brain function.
Nuts and seeds are good sources of vitamin E, which is needed by your brain to stave off declining cognitive functions. Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower and sesame seeds and almonds are all great choices, as well.
Whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oatmeal also contribute to a healthy brain by reducing the risk for cardiac disease. By promoting a healthy heart and improved blood flow, the brain is sure to thrive via excellent oxygen and nutrient delivery through the bloodstream. Complex carbohydrates also supply the brain with a steady stream of glucose that enhances brain function. It's important to note, though, that you want to avoid simple carbohydrates that are often found in junk food, because the glucose gives the brain a short-lived sugar high, often followed by a crash that makes you feel hungry and tired. This is one reason for the rise in popularity of low-carb diets such as Atkins, or the Ketogenic diet.
Freshly brewed tea also has potent antioxidants, especially the class known as catechines, which promotes healthy blood flow. Since some teas do contain caffeine, it’s important to use it sensibly.
Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties, contains several natural stimulants, which enhance focus and concentration, and encourages the production of endorphins, which helps improve mood. Again, moderation is the key.* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease including adhd & alzheimers.