Everybody wants to think faster and remember more as the world floods us with information. As we age, this task becomes even more critical. To keep pace and stay alert, pick the right foods that appeal to you, as you make brain food a vital part of your life.
Eat salmon, trout, sardines, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, herring, mackerel and walnut oil. They have EFAs, essential fatty acids, that help the brain, heart and joints thrive, cutting Alzheimer’s risk and memory loss. Try broiled salmon with a fresh salad and green and red veggies.
Use tomatoes to fight Alzheimer’s. Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, is believed to fight the free radical damage to cells that shows up with the development of dementia. Use fresh tomatoes in your pasta sauces, soups and pizza toppings. Even better, bring a bag of cherry tomatoes to work for an afternoon snack.
Toss in some pumpkin seeds. Just a handful a day will give you the zinc that you need for optimum memory and thinking skills. Considering it is pumpkin season afterall, there is no better time to toss a little cumin on those seeds, and reap the health benefits.
Mix in some nuts and chocolate to get the antioxidant Vitamin E that fights cognitive decline as we age. Enjoy up to an ounce a day of nuts and dark chocolate to provide all the benefits you need without extra calories, fat, or sugar. Add dark chocolate or sliced almonds to your morning cereal or evening yogurt snack. Other great sources of Vitamin E are leafy green vegetables, asparagus, olives, seeds, and eggs.
Include whole grains, like popcorn and whole wheat for dietary fiber and Vitamin E boosts. The ability to concentrate and focus comes from the adequate, steady supply of energy in glucose that goes to the brain. Choose whole grains in wheat bran, granary bread and brown pasta.
Blueberries are great brain protectors. Fighting damage caused by free radicals, they lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Add Vitamin B and folic acid to fight stroke and mental decline. A recent study of elderly patients with mild mental loss found that after two years of treatment with high doses of B6, B12 and folic acid, there was significantly less brain shrinkage compared to those who only received placeboes.
Finally, eat breakfast to prime your whole day. When you have a big day, start with a meal of pure fruit juice, a whole grain bagel with salmon, and a cup of coffee. In addition to eating a well-balanced meal, drink enough water, get a good night’s sleep, and add exercise and meditation. You will be good to go and glad you did!
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