Did you know what you eat can affect your chances of developing Alzheimer’s (or other form of dementia)? It’s true. There are foods that can actually improve your brain health. And best of all, these foods can be found in just about any Kansas City grocery store.
Foods that Improve Brain Health
- Blueberries. Blueberries have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals (molecules that can potentially cause serious damage to cells, including brain cells).
- Fatty fish. Salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, and other types of fatty fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are essential to brain health. Some studies have shown they actually ward off age-related memory loss and protect the brain against Alzheimer’s.
- Avocados. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, which is a good type of fat. It helps lower blood pressure and improves blood flow to the brain, ensuring that the brain gets enough oxygen.
- Turmeric. This spice contains curcumin, which has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some studies show that curcumin can delay or even reverse some age-related memory loss or help clear the amyloid plaques in some people with Alzheimer’s.
- Coffee & tea. There’s caffeine in both coffee and tea, which can make you feel more alert and improve your concentration. Coffee and tea are also both high in antioxidants.
- Nuts and seeds. There’s a lot of Vitamin E in nuts and seeds, which helps slow age-related cognitive decline. Walnuts, peanuts (or peanut butter), pumpkin seeds, and flaxseed also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains both caffeine and antioxidant compounds called flavanols. The flavanols in dark chocolate have been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and to combat cell damage. They also protect the brain from inflammation.