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Give Your Brain a Boost ?

Recent research shows that you may want to include the following on your shopping list more often for brain-strengthening nourishment:

Apple juice and pomegranate juice
Red grapes, cherries, apples, blueberries and strawberries
Tea and cocoa
Salmon and light tuna
Soy foods
Sunflower seeds, walnuts
Vegetables, especially leafy greens
Olive oil聽聽聽 Dark chocolate

When buying processed or packaged foods containing these ingredients, be sure to read the nutrition labels carefully. Some of these “good” foods may be prepared with high amounts of sugar, fat or salt added to them, resulting in too many calories or too much sodium in your diet. For healthful eating, choose fresh versions of these foods most often, or prepare them with low-fat ingredients. Eat processed types in moderation.

For example, you can still get the benefits of pomegranate juice (which has sugar added to offset its tart flavor) by mixing one or two ounces into sparkling water as a spritzer. Cocoa made with nonfat milk or a milk alternative (such as almond or rice milks) gives your brain a boost without adding extra fat. And letting a small piece of dark chocolate melt slowly in your mouth prolongs your enjoyment while keeping your daily intake healthful (one ounce or less).

For brain health as well as overall health, be sure to avoid foods containing saturated fats or trans fats (check those nutrition labels!). Diets that are high in such fats are specifically related to declining brain capabilities.

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