A Diet for the Mature Mind
We all know someone deeply committed to a Paleo, Alkaline or Vegan diet – which are all meant to make our bodies healthier in some new fashionable way. But perhaps the most overlooked part of any diet is the effect on our brain (yes, that thing between our ears that actually steers the ship). But what specific foods should we be eating to fuel our brains? Here are 7 goodies.
Various studies suggest that blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short-term memory loss. For us oldies, blueberries are a must to keep our memory in full flow (they taste pretty good too!)
Bursting with antioxidants that help protect brain cell membranes, Eggplant is a versatile vegetable that is easily incorporated in your diet (or hidden into a dish if you squirm at the thought of it’s taste.)
This is where things get fun. “Grandma why are you always eating chocolate?” To which you will answer: “it’s been shown to improve the amount of blood that flows to your brain and to lessen the chances of stroke” (Important not to confuse this with binging on milk chocolate or M&M’s)
Broccoli contains Potassium that helps the nervous system and the brain in its ability to heal itself in the case of an injury. Important for those of us who tend to fall over with the slightest push from a summer breeze.
There’s that word again: antioxidants. No one has a clue what it is but it’s good stuff. Green tea has been shown to potentially help your brain produce new brain cells (even with old age) – something previously thought impossible by neurologists. Add a cup or 2 to your morning and evening rituals for maximum results.
The omega-3’s found in salmon are a real boost to the brain and its mental balance. It can improve your mood, making you less hostile and depressed if eaten consistently. Shouty Sam and Hostile Heather from down the road could definitely benefit from a slither of salmon everyday.
Not only is red wine recommended by doctors for its ability to thin the blood and prevent heart disease and cancer, but also its delicious ingredients contain the power of increasing blood flow to the brain. Red wine is especially helpful as it’s able to cross the blood-brain barrier (something most antioxidants struggle with.) This means the antioxidants can reach your brain cells and protect them from damage. Simply put, it makes your brain feel good in many ways!
Other foods that can help stimulate your mind include: garlic, bananas, cashews, carrots, eggs, spinach, oatmeal, lentils and avocados, among others. Remember, as dark chocolate and red wine prove, most things that taste good and make you feel good are often good for you. The challenge is knowing how to stop after just a moderate amount of the good stuff!