It comes without saying that as we age, our body will also age and will slowly break down. However Indian yogic sciences say that we can maintain a healthy brain in to our old age through good food choices and yoga. Today modern research is also showing that you can drastically improve the chances of maintaining a healthy brain well in to your 80s, by adding certain foods in to your daily eating regimen.
There’s no magic pill or secret herb that can bring us to the height of our cognitive ability. However these smart food choices will certainly improve our brain function, prevent the damage of brain cells and protect against age related decline of cognitive ability. People often dismiss the diet-brain relation saying that it is just a conjecture, however that idea is far from the truth with new studies piling up the evidence of food choices influencing brain function. Certain nutrients are highly specific in their action and help with the functioning of brain, but we should also consider the totality and balance of our diets.
The following foods are particularly effective in keeping our grey cells healthy:
Essential Fatty Acids:
Essential fatty acids, just like essential amino acids cannot be manufactured in our body and should be obtained from our diet. Good sources include pumpkin seeds, flax seed oil and fish oil.
A recent study proves that a breakfast rich in whole grains (with a low glycemic index) can improve the memory and acquisition skills of children. Make sure to add, brown rice, wheat bran or oats in your breakfast.
Blueberries are already classified under super fruits. There is mounting evidence to suggest that regular consumption of blueberries is effective in improving short term memory. It has a huge amount of anti-oxidants which can prevent oxidative stress in the brain cells.
Broccoli & Tomato
Several studies suggest that lycopene, a powerful anti-oxidant can protect against the free raidcal damage to the brain cells, and thereby preventing brain related issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Tomato is a very good source of lycopene and the good thing is cooking/processing will not decrease the lycopene content. Water melon is also a good source of lycopene.
A recent study clearly demonstrated the ability of vitamin K to enhance the cognitive function of brain. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin K and several other important nutrients. This super food also prevents cellular damage and several types of cancer.
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