According to C. Rick Henriksen, M.D., M.P.P., the director of Primary Care Track at University of Utah Health Care, “Eating foods that are not processed is the key. [You want to] concentrate on veggies, healthy protein sources like grass-fed or wild-caught meats, nuts, seeds and fruit while removing processed grains, oils and sugar.” Here are four foods you should put in regular rotation before you go mano a mano with Alex Trebek.
Everyone knows that certain nutrients make your body healthier. But your brain?
The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and other oily fish (as well as in nuts) may help brain development in children and improve brain functions such as memory. In older women, however, new research found that omega-3 had no effect on thinking skills.
Vitamins E and C, as well as beta carotene, are found in colorful fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, plums, raisins, apples and strawberries. These major antioxidants not only boost the immune system by fighting free radicals that damage cells, but they also might have the potential to improve short-term memory and slow age-related mental decline.
The yolks of eggs yield a nutrient called choline that is essential for cell function and the creation of neurotransmitters. In other words, it powers up our brains! Choline is especially important for pregnant women, as research has shown that the nutrient enhances a fetuss brain development and memory function. A similar effect may occur in older adults as well. If youre a vegetarian, youll find choline in wheat germ, beans, peas, and nuts.
This member of the cabbage family ranks among the dark-skinned vegetables that appear to have a role in protecting brain cells, according to the Alzheimers Association. The sulforaphane in broccoli has been linked to healing the brain after an injury. Broccoli is also full of fiber and immunity-boosting vitamins C and E. So, eat up!