Feeding Your Brain – Foods that Help Memory & Protect Against Alzheimer’s
Certain nutrients and foods can help you decrease your risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease sometimes as much as 53%. Boost your brain power with these important nutrients which play a major role in overall health and, in particular, brain function.
- Vitamin D3 — The active form of vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) helps brain function.
- Vitamin B12 — Cognitive function depends on vitamin B12 and the methlyation process is supports in your body.
- Omega – 3 Fats — The two very powerful fats, DHA and EPA help regulate and eliminate brain inflammation.
- Vitamin E — When combined with drug therapy, Vitamin E has been found to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. It is better to get Vitamin E in foods rather than supplement. Eat dark leafy greens, avocado, nuts and seeds.
- Rosemary — Inhaling rosemary essential oil or fresh rosemary leaves helps lower inflammation in the brain and increase brain function.
- Curcumin — The active ingredient in the spice turmeric, it is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods.
Foods to include weekly for healthy brain function:
- Dark leafy greens – 3-4 cups daily
- 1-6 cups of colorful vegetables a day and 4-6 pieces of fruit
- 1/4 cup nuts daily (great source of omega-3 fats and vitamin E)
- Berries eat 1 cup daily
- 1 tbsp. daily of flax or chia seed
- Wild caught, cold water fish – Salmon, cod, paddock, tuna once a week.