The Best Brain Food

1107-31Brain Food: Like your body, you need to feed your brain well for it to function well in your later years.

Eat a diet of whole foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. Buy organic when you can to avoid pesticides and environmental toxins. If organic food is unavailable or too expensive, wash your food thoroughly with a fruit and vegetable wash that is designed to eliminate as much of the pesticides as possible.

Vitamin B12: is used to produce the myelin sheath covering nerve cells. A deficiency can contribute to declines in memory and other cognitive functions. Add these foods to your diet for adequate Vitamin B12: liver, red meat, eggs and dairy.

Folic acid: another be vitamin, folic acid appears to affect brain function. One study found that older adults with dementia or other mental disorders were three times more likely than normal adults who have low levels of folic acid. Deficiencies of folic acid have been linked with declines in memory and abstract thinking ability. Try getting more foods with folic acid in your diet:asparagus, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, lentils, wheat, fortified cereals and meat.

Blackberries: Rich in anthocyanins which are the pigments that make fruits and vegetables red to purple. They have been shown a memory enhancing effect. Other plants rich in are blackcurrant, chokeberry, cherry, eggplant, blue grape, blueberries and blue corn.

Juicing for antioxidants: Drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices are easily absorbable and packed with vitamins, you need, so have several glasses daily. The drawback to juicing is that it eliminates the fiber. You want to make sure you get enough fiber in your diet to keep your digestion system healthy. Some good food sources are: whole grains, oats, seeds, and whole fruits and vegetables. Another option is to try adding additional fiber to your diet with one of the many fiber supplements available today.

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