We’ve been taught for years that your mind and your brain are much like a muscle. The better you exercise and feed it, the stronger it gets and the longer it stays healthy. There’s an enormous body of research that now explains why and how this works. Here we’ll discuss 5 foods that have a positive impact on your brain health.
Salmon, mackerel, tuna, and other fish are rich in brain-healthy omega 3 fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega- 3 fatty acids are important to your brain because they essentially insulate the electrical circuitry in your brain.
NUTS & SEEDS
90% of Americans are not consuming the recommended amount of vitamin E, a vitamin that corresponds with less cognitive decline as we get older. Being so, doctors suggest implementing a higher amount of nuts and seeds into your diet, which contain high levels of the vitamin. Sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds and nut butters such as peanut butter and almond butter are all awesome sources of vitamin E and should be added to your diet on a daily basis.
Avocados get a lot of flack simply because they’re high in calories and fat. However, they’re high in monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow equates to a healthy brain! Adding just 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 an avocado to one of your meals as a side dish should be enough for your brain to absorb the effects.
This fruit is so important for your brain, that many doctors have started calling them “Brainberries”. Researchers have done studies that show blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. Similar studies have shown that aging rats that have been fed blueberries have significantly improved both their learning capacity and motor skills, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.
“Beans, beans, good for your heart. The more you eat the..better your brain also feels?” Beans are great. They stabilize glucose levels. The brain is dependent on glucose for fuel. However, the brain is incapable of storing the glucose so it relies on the constant stream of energy that the beans provide. Most beans will get the job done, but doctors have especially suggested lentils and black beans.
There you have it. 5 foods that you can start adding to your diet today to start feeling the impact on your mental health. You can learn more about these, and so much more, in my book “Train Your Brain For Success”, available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!