Published on: July 22, 2013
by Huffington Post:
We’ve written about how reading, writing and playing a wide assortment of games can lead to healthier brains later in life. We’ve covered how exercise and participation in new and complex activities also can boost your brain.
To simplify things even more, we’ve come up with five top foods to enjoy for ultimate brain health.
1. Fatty Fish
Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel boast the omega-3 fatty acids that are key for maintaining healthy brain cells. A Mediterranean diet, built on a foundation of fish, as well as fruits and vegetables, has been found to improve the brain power of older people even better than a low-fat diet.
Researchers have found that a shot of caffeine can boost your brain power temporarily, especially when you aren’t getting enough sleep. But coffee drinkers also may enjoy an up to 60 percent lower risk of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, too much coffee can also cause cardiovascular troubles.
Spinach is packed with the antioxidant lutein, which is believed to help protect against cognitive decline, according to various studies.
4. Olive Oil
Studies show that olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to actually slow brain aging.
Studies show that berries may play a vital role in clearing the accumulation of toxic proteins in the brain. In addition, other studies have shown berries to protect against inflammation and also to improve cognitive functions in stressed young rats.
Our event with Dr. Wendy Suzuki explaining how higher levels of physical fitness are associated with better brain structure and higher cognitive function. Highlights video.
Our event with Dr. Wendy Suzuki explaining how higher levels of physical fitness are associated with better brain structure and higher cognitive function. Full video.
Two blood markers, phosphorylated tau 217 (p-tau217) and phosphorylated tau 181 (p-tau181), showed strong diagnostic performances for Alzheimer’s disease and discriminated Alzheimer’s from frontotemporal lobar denervation (FTLD) syndromes and normal cognition, a retrospective study...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.