5 Foods That Improve Your Brain Health
When healthy eating is mentioned, it commonly triggers a response including eating in a way which will help to decrease levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and reducing your risk of both diabetes and heart disease.
Eating in a manner to promote good psychological health is often not though about. We think that needs to change as the brain is a massive part of the overall health picture. So how can we give our brains a boost?
Let’s take a look at some great foods that improve your brain health that you can incorporate into your diet right now.
Yes, the humble blueberry is one of the best brain boosting foods out there! Packed full of antioxidants, they can help lower your risk of depression, improve cognition and memory and might even help to reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease.
Blueberries make a great snack food as they are low in calories. Try picking up a punnet and see what you think of them.
“Dandelion greens? What are they?” you might ask or you might not think that it sounds appetizing so disregard them. Well dandelion greens are an amazing nutritional source for your body and brain.
They are loaded with an important prebiotic fibre which helps to facilitate the growth of new gut bacteria that support the brain.
Salmon is a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a vital role in reducing inflammation throughout the human body and brain and has the additional benefit of reducing your risk of depression.
If you don’t consume enough omega-3 fatty acids on a daily basis, you are far more likely to suffer from depression and a whole host of other psychological disorders. Unfortunately, they are not present in many foods, so salmon is a great way to make sure your levels are topped up.
If I mention coconut oil to you, your first thought might be its high saturated fat content and you could potentially be scared of including it in your diet. In fact, some saturated fat in your diet is a good thing! It is required by your brain in order to function optimally.
Saturated fat helps to maintain functioning brain cell membranes. Other benefits of coconut oil are that its an inflammation fighter and can help with fat loss.
Next on the list of brain superfoods is turmeric. Turmeric contains over 100 known compounds, many of which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective characteristics.
The most important compound found in turmeric is curcumin, which increases your levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
Curcumin helps to reduce brain inflammation and can even break up the brain plaques suspected of causing Alzheimer’s.
In fact, the elderly population in India who regularly consume turmeric, have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world!
Another compound known as Turmerone which is found in turmeric, actually stimulates the production of new neurons and encourages the brain to repair itself. Powerful stuff!
That concludes this article on foods that improve your brain health, which foods will you incorporate into your diet?