Brain Foods For Seniors

As we age, brain functioning power tends to slow down a bit resulting in delays in responses. This can lead to frustration and even embarrassment, but there are a few foods you can incorporate into your diet, according to medicalnewstoday.com, that can boost your brain function.

  • Dark Chocolate: Research says that eating dark chocolate may improve brain plasticity, as well as positively influence memory.
  • Berries: The antioxidants in berries can help reduce inflammation throughout the body and improve communication between brain cells. Berries included in this list are strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants and mulberries.
  • Nuts and Seeds: The antioxidant vitamin E, found in many nuts, can protect brain cells from stress. The nuts and seeds with the most vitamin E are sunflower seeds, almonds, and hazelnuts.
  • Coffee: A recent study suggests that the caffeine found in coffee might increase a brain’s capacity to process information. Another study linked lifelong coffee consumption with a decrease in cognitive decline, stroke, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
  • Avocados: The healthy fats found in avocados is linked to reducing high blood pressure, which is connected to cognitive decline.
  • Eggs: Vitamins found in eggs include vitamin B, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folic acid. Research has discovered that these vitamins potentially prevent brain shrinkage and slow cognitive decline.

Making small adjustments to your diet that influence your brain function is clearly in your best interest. With any diet changes, be sure to consult your doctor before you start.

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