Our diets affect our brain health, especially as we age. People who eat healthy foods have less damage to their brains? small blood vessels and experience less brain shrinkage. And conversely, those who eat diets high in trans-fats or high in calories typically have poorer brain health. Learn which foods you should load up on to help improve your brain health below.
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Eat beans. In addition to being a great source of protein, beans are rich in B vitamins that help contribute to nervous system health. And if you?re looking for a healthy snack, reach for almonds. They?re loaded with vitamin E, which helps to maintain healthy blood vessels and reduce the risk of Alzheimer?s.
Fish is another good protein pick. Its omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help to improve memory.
Fruits and vegetables
Boost brain health with citrus foods like oranges, lemons, limes, and tangerines. Citrus foods are rich in vitamin C, which can dissolve plaque in the brain. Just note that patients taking prescription medicines should avoid grapefruit juice, which can interact unpredictably with certain drugs.
And for a dose of vitamins A and K, add some spinach to your diet. People who eat diets high in green, leafy vegetables perform better on cognitive tests than those who don?t.
And in addition to eating healthy foods, make sure to get plenty of caffeine and sunshine. Both have been proven to bolster brain health.
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