A great diet is necessary for optimal brain and memory function. Eating the best brain foods that contain high amounts of antioxidants helps your body, brain, and memory stay young. Eating foods rich in antioxidants, which include many fruits and vegetables, significantly reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairment.
Which Foods Are Best For Brain Health?
Here are some of the key points to remember when choosing a brain-healthy diet.
1. Eat sufficient amounts of healthy fats. Sixty percent of your brain’s volume is fat. When you can, make your choices organic ones. Brain-healthy fats include: extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, fresh raw nuts and seeds, avocado, wild fish, free-range meats, and eggs (especially the yokes). Balance your dietary fats by including monounsaturated fats, saturated fats, omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
2. Control chronic inflammation by balancing fats and avoiding all vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, and peanut oil.
3. Avoid high-glycemic foods and eliminate processed carbohydrates. Avoid sugar, white flour, white rice, pasta, crackers, bread, cereals, and cookies etc. You get the picture, right? All these food items contribute to inflammation.
4. Drink enough plain water.
5. Eat at least ten servings or organic vegetables and fruit every day. This one habit alone provides you with thousands of nutrients you can’t get anywhere else.
6. Eat high-quality protein each day. Include organic sources of grass-fed meats, eggs, and wild fish. Vegetable sources of protein are found in beans, lentils, and nuts.
Is Coffee Good For Your Brain?
Let’s talk about coffee because I’m thinking you might be wondering if it should be on this list of brain healthy foods.
There are 5 proven brain benefits to drinking coffee:
1. Coffee (3 cups maximum) may slow the progress of Alzheimer’s.
2. Living longer. Women who drink coffee live longer. Studies show 13% longer.
3. Coffee reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
4. Coffee may stave off dementia.
5. Coffee is one of the best sources of neuroprotective antioxidants.
Let’s face it, you have to eat, so why not choose foods that support your brain. Making sure your brain span lasts as long as your life span is essential. Besides which, eating the foods mentioned in this article are not only healthy, but taste good too!!
If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.
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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.