Bhavana Doifode tells you how to eat smart for a healthier brain.
There’s no denying that as we age chronologically, our body ages along with us. But research shows that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into your old age if you add some ‘smart’ food to your daily diet.
FEED YOUR BRAIN
— Opt for coconut oil: Coconut oil is one of the richest natural sources of Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The unique aspect of MCTs is that they can be readily converted into ketones, which are an important fuel source for brain cells independent of sugar and insulin. Thus coconut oil is an easy and safe addition to a brain-healthy diet.
— Eat oily fish: Fill your plate with tuna, salmon and mackerel to fulfil your body’s requirement for Omega-3 fatty acids, which cannot be made by the body but occur naturally in oily fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are powerful nutrients that are essential for a healthy mind, aiding your brain in transmitting signals between brain cells.
— Binge on blueberries: According to research, consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss. Add them to your oatmeal or yoghurt, or just snack on them during the day.
— Enjoy buttery avocados: They are almost as good as blueberries in promoting brain health. The avocado is a fatty fruit, but it’s a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. Avocados also lower blood pressure — hypertension is a risk factor for the decline in cognitive abilities.
— Go nuts: A good source of vitamin E, nuts help prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly.
— Bet on broccoli: A great source of vitamin K, broccoli is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brain power.
— Add vitality with vitamins: Certain B vitamins – B6, B12 and folic acid – are known to reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Elevated levels of homocysteine are associated with increased risk of stroke, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s.
Now, go ahead… eat right and boost your brain power!