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Sunday, August 28, 2016

These 5 Foods Can Actually Harm Your Brain

Eating healthy is important for our bodies -- we all know this. Not only do we want to stay fit and trim but also avoid diseases like diabetes and cancer that can occur by eating all the wrong foods. But there is another reason to eat healthy, and that is to keep our brain healthy. Did you know that there are foods that actually harm your brain?

5 Foods that harm your brain

Foods can affect our heart, lungs, kidneys and even our skin. All these are organs. Well, so is the brain. If you want to maintain a healthy, functioning brain, here are 5 foods to avoid.

  1. Sugar - too much sugar has been shown to affect that part of the brain, called the hippocampus, that is the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes. Avoiding excess sugar is, therefore, good not only for the waistline and good dental health, but also for good brain health.
  2. Salt - medical researchers have proven that a high-salt diet can increase the rate of cognitive impairment, or memory loss. How? Excess salt causes raised blood pressure which can damage the arteries leading to the brain.
  3. Trans fats - While natural fats maintain brain cell membranes, man-made trans fats destroy cells and increase inflammation in the brain, causing memory loss. Trans fats can also reduce serotonin production in the brain, leading to depression and adversely affecting memory.
  4. Tuna - whether or not tuna is bad for your brain remains controversial. Some believe that tuna contain high levels of mercury because they live long in mercury-infested waters. But, according to the Centers For Disease Control, a person can consume .0003mg/kg of mercury per day with "no observed adverse effect." This would be about 1 can of tuna a day.
  5. Tofu - Tofu is a soy product which contains contain phytoestrogens. In large quantities, phytoestrogens are linked to poor memory.

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