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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Food for Thought: 5 Foods That Are Good For The Brain

It's a fact that "we are what we eat." The body, like a car, functions much better when it is taken care of, and lasts longer, too. The brain is at the very center of our health as we grow older. As we age, it's more important to eat healthy, and there are all kinds of good food that have proven to maintain the healthy functioning of the brain throughout life. Here are just 5.

#1 - Blueberries - a cup of blueberries a day may help reduce the effects of Alzheimer's disease or dementia. When tested on animals, blueberries were effective in improving motor skills and learning capacity. A cup of blueberries a day is recommended--add them to cereal, pancakes, or yogurt.

#2 - Wild Salmon - fish are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and Omega 3 is a brain booster. Without getting too complicated, the brain has neurons that transmit messages throughout the brain and body. The neurons are coated with a membrane that needs to stay soft and flexible to allow molecules to pass through. Omega 3 helps keep the membranes flexible. Salmon and other deep water fish are rich in Omega 3, so plan to have it 2-3 times a week.

#3 - Nuts and Seeds - a diet rich in vitamin E may reduce the risk of developing dementia in older adults, according to a study done in the Netherlands. Walnuts, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, filberts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds are all loaded with vitamin E. Add an ounce a day to your diet.

#4 - Avocados - this fruit has many benefits for the body. Like blueberries, it is good for the brain, but it also lowers blood pressure, and good blood pressure is important for the brain as well as other parts of the body. Eat a half avocado a day if possible. Avocados are great on salads.

#5 - Whole Grains - foods like oatmeal, brown rice, wheat germ and whole grain breaks help maintain a strong cardiovascular system. Eat 1/2 cup of whole-grain cereal, a slice of whole grain bread and 2 tablespoons of wheat germ every day to maintain good blood flow throughout the body, including the brain.
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