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Foods That Feed Your Brain

When aging, our brain’s health may weaken due to lifestyle choices and diet. Boosting our brain’s health by eating foods that nourish it can lower the risks of getting a serious disease like Alzheimer’s. Brain cells have a limited capacity to repair themselves. They can usually mend after a head or brain injury; but, they never regenerate after a stroke because of the damage sustained during that event.

Our brain is made up of cholesterol; that is why, doctors encourage people to eat more fatty food –well, good fatty foods that are good for our brains.

1. Nuts

variety of nuts on wooden table

A good source of vitamin E, especially nuts that have the same shape of your brain! Walnuts are excellent brain food because they are rich in omega-3 and other fatty acids; which is good for the heart and also nourishes the brain. It’s excellent for brain development in children and helps in breaking down of plaque build up in the brain, which lowers the possibility of strokes. Almonds and hazelnuts are also good for brain health and are easily available as peanut butter alternatives (not Nutella – too much sugar). Try a sliced apple with nuts or nut butter for a delicious snack instead of chips.

2. Avocados

This rich and fatty fruit does not only complete your guacamole but is also very good to strengthen the cognitive function of your brain and improve blood supply. Eating avocados don’t just keep your brain healthy, they are also delicious fruits to cleanse your liver. Next time you make a sandwich try substituting the cheese or meat for avocado instead.

3. Berries

Mixed berries in a bowl

Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and other berries are rich in antioxidants. They have also been found to have beneficial effects on the brain in several ways; such as preventing age-related memory loss, reduced inflammation in the brain and improved motor control and cognition.

4. Celery

heads of celery at a farmers market

A nutrient-dense vegetable that is pack full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, celery can also reduce inflammation to your brain that may lead to brain degeneration. Another good pairing with nut butter for a brain supporting snack.

5. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables

broccoli, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables

Broccoli is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, and antioxidants, which are not only good for your body but also beneficial to your brain’s health. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain compounds called glucosinolates. When the body processes glucosinolate, it produces isothiocyanates which help reduce oxidative stress and lower the chances of neurodegenerative diseases.

Don’t keep these tips to yourself… It is always good to look after one another, so go ahead and share this with family and friends.

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