Everyone has a little trouble with morning brain and noontime foggy-headedness. But as we get on in years we all are at risk for developing more serious brain conditions that hinder or even destroy our ability to process information effectively. Of course, we all know that we can delay the onset of many forms of mental decline associated with old age by pursuing new learning pursuits throughout life.
Still, we could all use a little added insurance against the aging of the brain. And for those who are unfortunate enough to develop Dementia, Alzheimer’s or any other kind of Brain Disease sooner than others- well, here are 11 powerful foods that you can eat to help resist the effects of those conditions.
This amazing herbal drink has been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia by over 50%. Like white and green tea, black tea is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds known as phytonutrients. These are powerful protective nutrients that work with our bodies to resist all manner of disease and infection.
Sometimes clichés are clichés for a reason, and an apple a day will- in fact- keep the butcher… eh, doctor away. Researchers have found that Alzheimer’s patients who drank just half a cup of apple juice twice every day enjoyed a dramatic reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms. Naturally, organic apple juice is preferable, and eating fresh raw apples is probably your best bet.
It’s no secret that blueberries are chock full of powerful antioxidants and the wonderful vitamin we love so much, vitamin C. What you might not know is that they are also rich in flavonoids which protect the fatty and watery parts of the brain which act as structural support for the rest of the brain.
Flaxseeds & Flaxseed Oil
Don’t forget that our bodies and brains need a range of natural and healthy fats to be healthy and maintain full functionality. The brain is one organ that requires more fatty material than just about any other to maintain its integrity. Flaxseeds and Flaxseed Oil are a terrific source of omega 3 fatty acids, which we’re sure you’ve heard a lot about. Better yet, it’s an Omega 3 source that does not come with high levels of mercury, like fish and seafood.
It’s not well understood, but coffee is linked to a lower risk of senile dementia. Perhaps it’s because it gets us thinking and maybe learning. But it also contains some antioxidants as well, which protect the brain along with every other system in the body.
Not just the best reason to watch Gilligan’s Island, Ginger is a proven potent anti-inflammatory superfood. It contains the compound shogaol, which has been found to prolong memory retention in animals. Its anti-inflammatory properties are believed to be the source of its proven beneficial effects on brain function.
Green tea is a well-known health promoter with its powerful antioxidant combination. It is also a potent source of caffeine, which may be the substance responsible for coffee’s positive effects on brain health. Green tea has been shown to promote memory and cognitive function as well.
These fun little jumbles of fruit contain the newly discovered brain repairing substance resveratrol. Grapes and other fruits produce this substance as a defense mechanism against viruses, fungus, and bacteria. Like many other fruits and vegetables, when we eat grapes, we can absorb and benefit from their infection-fighting properties.
Another delicious and brain disease fighting dynamo, strawberries are packed with a nutrient called fisetin. This phytonutrient is believed to have beneficial restorative effects on those suffering from memory loss. Eating strawberries has also shown promise in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Nuts, in general, are a great way to get lots of protein and fiber at the same time: not a common combination. But walnuts, in particular, have been found to contain a number of polyphenolic compounds that mimic antioxidants by aggressively destroying free radicals that ravage the cell walls and nuclei of neurons.
Turmeric has been in the news quite a bit lately for its many newly discovered and powerful positive effects on your health. Now, research published in the journal Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, claims that turmeric contains nutrients that can aid in the treatment of dreaded diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.