It’s really important to follow a healthy diet plan that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins. These foods are great for feeding the brain, but it turns out that the best brain foods are also the best heart foods. That means you get benefits for your heart and your mind. Here are some great ones:
- Green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and broccoli are rich in nutrients like vitamin K, folate, and beta carotene which may help cognitive decline.
- Fatty fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been linked to lower blood levels of beta-amyloid proteins that clump in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re not a fan of fish, look for rich omega-3 sources such as avocados or walnuts.
- Berries have natural plant pigments called flavonoids. They give berries their bright colors, but are also powerful antioxidants that improve memory.
- Tea and coffee both have caffeine that might give you a long-term boost in concentration. Studies have shown that people with higher caffeine consumption score better on tests of mental function. Caffeine might also help the brain solidify new memories.
Even though you add all of these to your diet on a regular basis, taking a supplement will ensure that your brain gets the food it needs. Learn more in this week’s newsletter.