The Brain Game
Happy Brain Awareness Month
At RMD, there are many things that we love. Food … And the Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association are just two of them. In that June is Brain Awareness Month, we thought we’d marry the two and encourage as many people as possible to eat more of these WebMD-suggested foods to boost your memory.
There’s no denying that as we age chronologically, our body ages right along with us. But research shows us that we can increase our chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into our old age if we add these “smart” foods to our daily eating regimen. Enjoy!
Blueberries. Studies have shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats. Try them fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried.
Wild salmon. Deep-water fish, such as salmon, are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for brain function. Omega-3s also contain anti-inflammatory substances. Other oily fish that provide the benefits of omega-3s are sardines and herring. Eat at least one
4-ounce serving, two to three times a week.
Nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds are good sources of vitamin E — which corresponds with less cognitive decline as we get older. Once a day, enjoy walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, and non-hydrogenated nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter, and tahini.
Avocados. Avocados are almost as good as blueberries in promoting brain health. They also lower blood pressure, but are high in calories, however, so add just 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado to one daily meal.
Whole grains. Whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain breads, and brown rice can reduce the risk for heart disease. Every organ in the body is dependent on blood flow, so if you promote cardiovascular health, you’re promoting good flow to the organ system, which includes the brain. Consume 1/2 cup of whole-grain cereal, 1 slice of bread two-thee times day, or 2 tablespoons of wheat germ a day.