FOOD FOR HEALTHY BRAINS

Aug 14th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: For Senior Women

Brain Healthy Food

Some new research is suggesting we can help our brains stay healthy with the food we eat. We’ve heard for generations now that ‘we are what we eat’.  Generally speaking, that’s still true today.


The new information looks like this:

“A University of Miami study found that individuals who ate a Mediterranean diet, including vegetables, fruits, small amounts of meat and fish, whole grains, nuts and olive oil, had less small blood-vessel damage in the brain. Other studies have highlighted the apparent dementia-fighting benefits of leafy greens and vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower.”  (AARP, March 23, 2012)

And what you don’t eat is equally important.  Trans fats that clog arteries will never contribute to your good health.  Another study found that a diet of less than 2150 calories a day improves cognitive functioning. That translates to ‘obesity isn’t a good thing for your body or your brain.

So the studies say that there are foods that are clearly linked to better brain health. In summary form, they are

  • beans
  • citrus
  • almonds
  • fish
  • spinach
  • coffee
  • plenty of sun, without getting burned

The Oregon Health and Science University study revealed that older adults (in their 80s) performed better on cognitive tests and had larger brain volume when they had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D and E in their blood.  The foods just described are high in these vitamins.

So the food you eat DOES make a difference, seniors.  Read a report on the study here.



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