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Palo Alto Seniors Brain Health - Foods That Fuel Memory

by Amy, May 19, 2017

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We all know that, as we age, it's important to keep our brains as healthy and active as possible in order to stave off memory loss, dementia, and other conditions. Staying active, challenging your brain through reading, crossword puzzles, word games, and getting plenty of sleep are all important to a healthy mind, especially for seniors. Did you know there are certain foods that can boost your brain and fuel memory and cognitive function? Some of the best foods for a healthy brain are included below.

Berries - including cherries, blueberries, and blackberries - boost memory and increased brain function due to flavonoids and anthocyanins they contain. Be sure to add berries to your cereal, or enjoy a refreshing smoothie packed with berries.

Whole-grain oats help increase focus and keep your mind sharp as the carbohydrates provide glucose to fuel your brain. Consider oatmeal as a snack or for breakfast, and top it with some of the berries listed above for a super-healthy brain boost.

Dark, leafy greens can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's and even slow cognitive decline in those who have the disease. Studies show that diets rich in spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, broccoli, collard greens, and other leafy greens are essential for slowing cognitive decline and enhancing brain health.

Walnuts keep the mind sharp and are packed with vitamins B, E, amino acids, and omega-3 fatty acids, helping protect the brain from inflammation and damaging oxidation, according to Ann Kulze, M.D., wellness coach.

Fatty fish such as herring, salmon, sardines, and bluefin tuna are packed with omega-3 fatty acids which help to improve memory, particularly DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which is the fatty acid most abundant in the brain and helps it operate efficiently.

Be sure to incorporate these foods into your diet regularly, and enjoy a healthier mind. For those who are aging it is particularly important to fuel the brain for better memory, improved function, and reduction of cognitive decline.

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