The Best Diet to Boost your Memory and Brain Health
Published on May 16th, 2015 | by Joan Makai
Eating healthy foods is one of the best ways to keep those expensive medical bills away. Most health foods related articles only focus on physical health. But even the brain needs to be looked after. Alzheimer disease and dementia are brain health related problems. Can these problems be at least prevented or delayed if not cured with diet? There are a few studies indicating that some inclusions in diets can prevent such debilitating brain-related health problems. Even though, the exact reason for such foods being effective in improving memory and preventing Alzheimer’s is not yet conclusively proved or accepted. However, it never harmed to add such foods in the regular diet, especially if they are also good for general health.
- Antioxidant Containing Foods
Vitamin E and Vitamin C are known to be good antioxidants. Foods that are rich in this vitamin include Avocado, salad dressing based on oil, spinach, whole grains, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and nuts such as peanuts and almonds.
Funnily, spinach has more of Vitamin E when cooked than when eaten raw.
Vitamin E may have a role in protecting the nervous system, including neurons. The death of neurons is what begins Alzheimer’s. Vitamin C too reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Research is suggesting that DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is one of the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fishes such as Tuna, mackerel, and Salmons, may have a role to play in how neurons function. Therefore, such fishes are good for the brain as well.
But there is more to fish than Omega-3 fatty acids, which are supposed to be good fatty acids. These replace red meat and provide proteins too.
- Foliate Containing Foods
Green vegetables such as kale, spinach, and broccoli, are also rich sources of folic acid and foliate. It is believed that foliates in some way bring down the ratio of homocysteine, a type of amino acid in the brain.
This amino acid is sworn enemy of nerve cells and powerful enough to kill them. But there are also studies that link this amino acid to heart diseases.
- Red Wine
This is an unbelievable inclusion in the list, for brain health. But red wine does seem to have positive effect in keeping the mind active. However, more research is needed for any conclusive conclusion as well as understanding why this wine is good for brain’s health.
The list contains delicious varieties such as strawberries, blueberries, and acai berries. All these are able to annihilate any toxic proteins present in the body, making them desirable additions for brain’s health.
- Fiber Rich Foods
The list includes oats, and other whole grains, including wheat. Research has indicated that such foods reduce cognitive impairment, but more studies are needed to confirm that. These foods, however, reduce stress on the brain by reducing other health problems such as hypertension and inflammation.
The human brain is as of now an unsolved mystery. Using strong medicines and supplements may help to improve its performance, but it is not known how such drugs affect other parts of the brain or other functions. Adopting healthy lifestyle and diet is a more innocuous way to keep the brain healthy, and memory intact. The body takes longer to absorb natural foods such as fruits, nuts, grains, berries, fish, and vegetables as these foods have to go through several processes, unlike the concentrated supplements. Effectively, using such foods for improving memory, and maintaining brain health is better than using concentrates in supplements.