August 19th, 2014
Quite often when we think of keeping physically fit, exercising and eating right, we do so for a healthy body. However, often we overlook how essential all three of those key components are to keeping a healthy brain. In a recent study conducted in Sweden, it was found that the one of the most potent elements for prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s Disease Wiki Page) was keeping both physically and mentally active. In the case study, it was noted that Alzheimer’s disease was less prevalent in populations that relied on harvesting their own organic foods. The physical exertion in farming and harvesting, coupled with the consumption of certain key dietary ingredients may indeed hold the secret for fending off, or at least delaying, Alzheimer’s disease. Read on to find out some foods you can eat everyday to help prevent this terrible disease.
By volume, our brains are the fattest organs in our body. But before you go and begin a “brain diet” to trim some ounces, the fat content in our brains are necessary. Fat is a great insulator that is used to insulate our neurons, which transmit impulses responsible for thought, movement and necessary bodily functions such as breathing. Therefore, maintaining a supply of these good types of fats the brain needs to keep active is one way to stay fit and mentally healthy. Foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that your brain needs are almonds, walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts. All rich in Omega-3’s as well as Vitamin E, they are brain super foods that can be eaten on the go, or mixed in with just about any food.
Fish, often considered the leanest of the protein rich meats, is one of the greatest brain super foods you could possibly eat. Specifically, fatty fish (Dr. Elist advises: Eat More Fish!) such as Salmon, Mackerel, anchovies and sardines are fish super rich in Omega-3’s. Not only are they rich in Omega-3’s, but much literature has been written and reviewed about the benefits of fish as far as vitamin and mineral content, in addition to being a lean protein source.
Antioxidants (Superfood Alternatives) have natural anti-oxidant properties that can help improve brain function. In addition, they help guard against free radicals that can cause cell damage throughout the body and not just in the brain. Foods rich in anti-oxidants are berries. Whether, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or cranberries, you can’t go wrong. Not only do they help prevent damage to the brain that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease, but they taste great and make great additions to many meals.
Dark chocolate is another super food that should not be too difficult to work into your diet! Full of flavonoids that promote better blood circulation, it can help improve blood flow to your brain that, in-turn, can function more optimally and help ward-off Alzheimer’s disease. When it comes to which type of chocolate, the darker the better and richer in flavonoid content.
Not only are these foods great for the body, but they are also great for the palate! Easy to work into most diets, they taste great, are easy to obtain and do wonders for our bodies, brain and mental acuity. Try adding some, if not all, to your diet today!