The brain needs a range of nutrients to function optimally, and when it doesn’t get the raw material to build brain cells or keep the lines of communication open between them, signs of cognitive decline develop.
At its foundation, food should fuel the optimal functioning of our bodies and minds, but so often in our modern world, food does just the opposite.
If your diet is causing more harm than good, it’s time to make a change. Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline are preventable chronic diseases, so instead of leaving your brain health up to chance, start taking control by adding these four brain-boosting foods to your diet today.
1. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate, alongside berries, walnuts, cilantro, and artichokes are some of the most powerful antioxidant foods. Antioxidants protect against aging and disease by scavenging for free radicals that damage tissues. Antioxidants can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia by protecting the blood-brain barrier and by reducing oxidative stress.
Don’t cringe; liver is one of best sources of the essential nutrient B12. B12 is necessary for the health of blood and brain cells and is also vital to DNA synthesis. Studies have found that most Alzheimer’s patients have almost undetectable levels of B12 in their cerebrospinal fluid. If you can’t stomach eating liver, take a supplement or fill up on clams, sardines, beef, or salmon.
Almonds are packed with magnesium, a mineral that most Americans aren’t getting enough of. Most people don’t know that if magnesium levels dip too low, cognitive decline is a common side effect. So, it’s not surprising that Alzheimer’s patients are often severely magnesium deficient, but thankfully, magnesium supplementation can be effective in reversing deficiency and improving brain function.
It’s going to be difficult, and it will cost you a little extra time and money, but you won’t regret it when you start to feel better than ever before.
Fermented foods like sauerkraut have a range of benefits such as providing probiotics that benefit the gut and immune system. Fermented foods also contain a nifty little molecule called NAD+ (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide).
Your diet can make or break your health, but nutrition is also highly individual. That means what works for one person is not necessarily a silver bullet for another. Adding brain-boosting foods is a start, but investing in comprehensive testing to identify deficiencies and imbalances that are putting your mental clarity at risk is a much more effective way to protect your brain. If you’re concerned about the health of your brain, don’t wait until the damage is done. Instead, we can help you address your risk factors today and build a solid plan to prevent and treat cognitive decline.