In this article we will look at essential food groups for fuelling your brain. So if you are looking for tips on how to keep your brain healthy, you’ve come to the right place!
According to clinicalneurologynews,‘a 3-month diet comprised of 70% fat improved cognition in Alzheimer’s disease patients better than any anti-amyloid drug that has ever been tested.’
Research proves that a diet high in the right fats can absolutely help those living with dementia to think and function better, because they build cell membranes in the brain, promote healthier brain cells and less deterioration of the brain.
Where can I find the right fats?
- Omega 3 fatty acids
- Oily Fish: Salmon, Tuna, Herring, Mackerel, & Sardines
- Nuts: Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, & brazil nuts
- Seeds: Flaxseed, chia [Highest Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, & hazelnuts]
What are other important food groups for a healthy brain?
- Whole grains are high in the B vitamins which work to reduce inflammation of the brain, many are also high in Vitamin E which protects our cells. Some examples are:
- Brown rice
- Bulgar wheat
- Whole-grain bread
- Whole-grain pasta
Other foods which are great for your brain (and might surprise you)?
- Dark chocolate and Berries contain flavonoids, a type of antioxidant which are especially important for brain health.
- Eggs contain vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid. Research suggests that these vitamins may prevent brain shrinkage & a delay in cognitive decline. medicalnewstoday.com
In summary, fuelling your brain and making sure you have a healthy diet and lifestyle is well worth your time and energy, including Omega 3 fatty acids, whole grains, and dark chocolate! At least, if you’re a self-confessed chocoholic like me then it’s a good excuse to dig in to that dark-chocolate brownie. The sooner we start training our brain to feed itself properly, the better. Stay tuned for recipe ideas, brain health news and charity events near you!