Healthy brain foods are a proactive step to keep your brain young and alert. The following list of healthy brain foods can easily be accommodated in your daily eating plan:
- Blueberries, one cup daily, can improve learning capacity and motor skills while decreasing the effects of age-related diseases on the brain.
- Wild salmon can aid in brain function and acts as an anti-inflammatory; add a 4-ounce serving 2-3 times per week.
- Avocados decrease blood pressure and help regulate a healthy blood flow. Full of monounsaturated fats and high in calories, consume 1/3 of an avocado daily.
- Beans regulate blood sugar, fuel for your brain. Recommendation is ½ cup daily of any type of bean to help the brain perform well.
- Nuts and seeds can combat cognitive decline and are good sources of vitamin E; consume an ounce a day.
- Whole grains reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and help keep an adequate blood flow to the brain. Either two slices of 100% whole grain bread or ½ cup whole grain cereal is recommended daily.
- Pomegranate juice inhibits free radicals which are damaging to the brain. Two ounces per day provide you with these antioxidants.
- Dark chocolate, only one ounce per day, can improve focus and concentration due to the caffeine.
- Freshly brewed tea, also with caffeine, improves memory and focus. Can cause a release of endorphins which may elevate mood. Aim for 2-3 cups per day.
For more information go to: www.healthyaging.emory.edu
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