You can help keep your brain healthy with these six foods plus a dose of sunshine. Taken from an AARP article by Michael Haederle. Every once in a while many of us need to be reminded of what’s important and what’s not. This is one of those “what’s important” reminders.
We all know that healthy eating is fundamental to our well-being. So what should we be eating to take care of our brains and reduce the risk of loss of cognitive function? How about introducing the following in our daily lives:
- Beans (black, kidney, pinto, etc., and green peas) are a great source of the B-complex vitamins as well as protein and fiber. Viva Mexican Cooking!
- Citrus fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C, an antioxidant with many benefits other than brain health. It may surprise you to hear that sweet peppers, cantaloupes and strawberries are also rich in Vitamin C.
- Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other tree nuts) are high in Vitamin E.
- Fish, oily cold-water fish (salmon, herring and mackerel especially), contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- Spinach (Popeye’s favorite snack) is rich in vitamins A and K, folic acid and iron.
- Coffee, only the caffeinated kind, may contain chemicals that reduce levels of plaque-forming proteins.
- Sunshine can be a great source of Vitamin D. But in the elderly and those living in the higher latitudes of the US, supplementation is usually recommended, year round.
While further research is needed to confirm the diet/brain health link, it just makes sense to favor these kinds of foods in our diets.
It’s also important to remember what we don’t eat matters, too!
For more specific recommendations on supplemental Vitamin D, call our pharmacists.