Top 4 Brain Foods
1. Walnuts- One of the most powerful and omega-3 rich foods known to man, the walnut is richly associated as being one of the best brain foods we can consume today. Walnuts are a significant source of DHA Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known as the building blocks of the brain. Studies show that as little as 1/4 cup of walnuts or 7 nuts a day is enough to reap the benefits of this brain-supporting superfood! According to recently emerging science and clinical experience, aggressive intake of omega-3 fatty acids seems to be beneficial to TBI, concussion, and post-concussion syndrome patients.
2. Blueberries- Blueberries have always been known to be an antioxidant powerhouse, but why is that good news for brain health? Studies have shown that antioxidants may help to counteract the unstable molecules that comprise free radicals, counteracting the negative effects of oxidative stress. Recent studies discovered that antioxidants may reverse some of the symptoms of aging (such as memory loss).A recent study has shown that women who consumed two or more half-cup servings of blueberries or strawberries per week experienced slower mental decline. The association was equivalent to up to two-and-a-half years of delayed aging. A serving of blueberries per day has been shown to improve cognitive function and lower symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders, such as alzheimer's, in elderly adults.
3. Avocados- A good source of Lutein, an amino acid that promotes cognitive function and brain health, Avocados are always touted as the ultimate “Brain Food”. A recent study has shown that avocados can help elderly adults with increased memory and efficiency with problem-solving. Avocados contain high quantities of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help keep brain cell membranes flexible and allow the brain to better control motor and muscle functions. Among it’s powerful antioxidant properties, avocados are also a good source of Vitamin E which has been shown to be protective against Alzheimer’s Disease. Guacamole anyone?
4. Turmeric- This sacred root is known as an anti-inflammatory powerhouse. It has been shown to improve memory and even reduce symptoms of alzheimer’s patients. The reduced inflammation of the nerve cells brought on by proper turmeric supplementation can play a huge role in the slowing or even treatment of AD symptoms in the future.