Monday, April 17, 2017

FOODS THAT PROMOTE BRAIN HEALTH- By Dr. Jesse Stoff

FOREWORD BY DR. JESSE STOFF
As we age one of the things that many people are concerned about, is the quality of their focus, concentration, and memory. Having little memory gaps (or senior moments) is a common experience for many people young and old alike. There are a number of things that you can do to help support your brain function, to improve your memory, to help you focus and to help your concentration. A lot of these effects come from the quality of foods that you eat. If you're eating a lot of foods that are high in sugar, that are processed foods or simply don't have real nutrition in them, what's happening is that you're robbing the brain of critical nutrients that it needs for its minute-to-minute function.

Unlike other organs, the brain does not have a fat layer surrounding it with a reserve of nutrients. It has to pull the nutrients it needs, second by second, out of what's circulating through your blood now. So you want to make sure you're putting good quality foods into your body. Some of the things that are most critical for normal and healthy brain function isn't just a stable blood sugar; because glucose is critical for brain function, but also, various fatty acids, the kind of fatty acids that we find in fish oils for example, that wild-caught fish. Things like salmon, that might be Atlantic caught salmon, wild caught salmon, is a very good source of oils that are really good quality brain food. This along with various trace minerals, and different vitamins are important if you want to have quality memory, focus, and concentration. And if you forget what I just mentioned, read the article that follows. Have a great day. 

The food we eat has a huge impact on our bodies. But, does the food also have an impact on the functionality of the brain? Well, the edible items that we consume have an impact on the memory functions and also determine the tendency to develop brain diseases later on. We are well-aware that LDL cholesterol is not good for the cardiovascular systems but do you know that research is providing evidence that it isn’t good for the brain as well. Read on to know the types of food that are good for a healthy brain and what are the benefits associated with them.

Why Should You Focus on a Brain Healthy Diet?

Eating well does not just correspond to physical health. Our diet plays an important role in boosting the cognition and healthy aging. Foods that are rich in antioxidants and nutrients like minerals and vitamins augment the functionality of the brain and keep our bodies in shape. A Mediterranean diet that centers on grains, nuts, fish, olive oil, veggies, berries, whole grains, legumes, and beans help in reducing the chances of developing brain problems.
Eating a brain healthy diet boosts memory and reduces the risk of dementia, a condition developed due to deterioration of the brain function. Dementia can cause behavioral and emotional changes, memory loss, and lack of making judgments or speaking abilities. A healthy and properly functioning brain helps in regulating our moods. If you think that you have a poor memory, ward off slow retention by consuming a brain healthy diet.

Top Brain Foods

Grains: Our brain requires energy in the form of glucose, which can be provided by whole grains. These supply necessary levels of glucose to the blood cells slowly and gradually.

Olive Oil: Antioxidants that protect the brain are contained in high amounts in pure olive oil. It is also rich in vitamin E and K that stops our mental capabilities from declining. Monosaturated fats in olive oil contain chemicals like acetylcholine that improve learning and memory functions.

Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds: Nuts prevent cognitive decline with age. Walnuts are brain boosters —they contain minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins, all of which are essential for mental health. Sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, and peanuts are a good resource for obtaining vitamin E. Beans and legumes contain choline, which is a neurotransmitter that is important for maintaining a healthy brain function. These also contain magnesium, iron and folate, which are good for the neurons.

Fruits and Vegetables supplement the brain functions. Fruits like cranberries, strawberries and blue berries contain high levels of antioxidants, which prevent the damage caused by free radicals unlocked by oxidation process within the body. Berries also prevent inflammation that may cause damage to the brain cells. Green leafy and cruciferous vegetables prevent cognitive impairment. These veggies contain vitamin K, folate, carotenoid, and vitamin B-9, which help in keeping the memory sharp. Raw beets, carrots and asparagus also contain folate.

Fish is packed with a healthy amount of omega 3 fatty acids, which is known to improve memory and brain function. These fatty acids improve the vascular health. Increasing the consumption of mackerel, tuna, and salmon is also a healthy way to include proteins in diet without the adverse effects of red meat.

References


http://www.alz.org/research/science/alzheimers_prevention_and_risk.asp#exercise

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DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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