Alzheimer’s disease causes loss of brain function. Like other organs of the body, the brain too requires a supply of nutrients to maintain optimum health.
The ideal diet that is good for both brain and heart should include 40% proteins, 40% complex carbohydrates and 20% beneficial fats.
Here is a list of food items that are good for your brain health.
- Walnuts: These are rich in polyphenols, omega 6 fats and omega 3 fatty acids. These are all essential to improve brain health. Walnuts are also effective against blocked arteries, and can boost the blood supply to the brain. If you do not like walnuts, you can try pistachios, hazelnuts, mix nuts, and dried fruits like apricots and sultanas.
- Oysters: Studies have confirmed that low levels of Vitamin B12 in foods are related to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. Researchers have also found out that seafood like oysters, shrimps, clams and mussels are good for the brain.
- Foods with Vitamin E and Vitamin C: Vitamin C provides a powerful boost to the immune system. And vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which protects the cell membranes and prevents the body from the damaging effect of the free radicals. Vitamin C is found abundantly in bright fruits like oranges, pepper and kiwifruit. Vitamin E sources include sunflower oil, wheatgerm and seeds.
- Red Grapes: The skin of red grapes consists of a particular flavonoid called resveratrol, which is a potent antioxidant. You can help yourself with a glass of red wine everyday to keep your heart and brain in the best condition. Also, you might be surprised to know that red grapes secrete a chemical in their skins when exposed to UV rays from the sunlight. This chemical is thought to preserve youth.
- Chocolate: Dark chocolate, or cocoa, can boost the blood flow to the brain. Dark chocolate is also composed of the amino acid tryptophan, which is a natural antidepressant. Now you know the secret why chocolate is so great at making one happy. Obviously, the happier you are, the better your brain will be.
- Fish: Fish, especially those caught from the sea, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which boosts memory and concentration. Try fish like salmon, trout, tuna and herring.
- Green Vegetables: The folic acid in green vegetables combats memory loss. Asparagus, spinach, green beans, kale and peas are good folic acid sources. Spinach is also a good source for iron.
- Blueberries: These also consist of large amount of antioxidants.
- Avocados: They contain both Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acid.
The foods good for the brain are often popular foods, like fish, chocolate, and wine. So, what are you waiting for? Include more of these foods in your daily diet and live a healthy life as long as you live.
Citation: Living Green Magazine. “Change Your Diet to Boost Your Brain and Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.” Living Green Magazine. Living Green Magazine, 17 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.