5 Best Brain-Healthy Foods

Brain Food

1) Fatty Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that help cognition. Fatty fish, like salmon or canned light tuna, are rich in two of the three types of omega-three fatty acids, and should be consumed at least two times a week to improve your overall health.

2) Olive Oil

A low-carb diet high in good fats can help support brain health. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Use it as a dressing for your salad, or in place of butter on your favorite dish.

3) Whole Grains

It is best to avoid simple carbs, like white rice or pasta. When eaten in excess they can lead to chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes. This, in turn, ups your risk of cognitive issues. Instead, make sure to choose whole grains which are both filling and nutritious.

4) Citrus

Citrus and citrus juice is full of flavanone (plant-based compounds with antioxidant properties), which can improve bloof flow to the brain. In fact, one study found that people who eat citrus almost every day are 23% less likely to develop dementia later in life.

5) Leafy Green Vegetables

Foods high in folate such as leafy greens, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, help reduce homocysteine levels, an amino acid that has been linked to brain atrophy and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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Rachel A. Life Enthusiast

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