Brain-Healthy Foods to Fight Alzheimer’s
According to alz.org, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. We’ve all been told for forever that fueling our bodies with good food can not only improve our overall mood, but it can help with our brain health. Experts say that the food we consume, especially as seniors, could help reverse the risk of developing dementia.
Below are a list of foods you may want to add to your next grocery list.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This is the least processed version of olive oils and has been linked to a low rate of Alzheimer’s disease because the oil helps cleaning system that works in our cells. A natural cleaner and flusher!
Tumeric, black pepper, cinnamon, saffron, rosemary and ginger are all considered brain healthy nutrients.
Fish – for healthy fats
Certain fish like wild sockeye salmon, anchovies and sardines are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids that contain EPA and DHA which are considered important for brain health, especially as we age.
Nuts and Seeds
If you are someone who eats a plant-based diet, walnuts, chia seeds and flaxseeds are a good source of plant-based omega-3s.
Leafy greens such as Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, arugula and spinach contain vitamin B6 (folate) which is linked to having a positive benefit on cognitive aging and brain health.
Rainbow Fruits and Vegetables
The saying “the more colorful the food, the better it is for you” holds true. Containing phytonutrients and fiber, colorful fruits and vegetables help reduce inflammation in the body, specifically in the gut. Experts have said that there is a gut-brain connection, so adding these styles of fruits and vegetables into our diet can benefit our overall health.
Extra Dark Chocolate
70% dark chocolate is rich in nutrients like cocoa flavanols and magnesium.