Over time, what we eat reflects on our ability to think and process information. The older the get, the harder it is going to be for us to remember the shopping list, memorize our schedule or attend an important meeting. Luckily, there is a lot we can do about it. There are nutrients which benefit not only your body, but your brain as well. So the key step is to incorporate these into your diet: vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, and flavonoids.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to work miracles on your brain. As we age, nerve cells in our brain do not get enough neurotransmitters which act as messenger chemicals. The communication between cells deteriorates and we have trouble remembering things. This is where Omega-3 fatty acids come in. They have been proven to benefit electric signals between nerve cells, which in return results in better mental concentration and decrease of memory loss. Where can you find these acids? Fish. But avoid bluefish and swordfish, which are high in mercury and other heavy metals.
Eating colorful food is not only an empty phrase. Vegetables and fruits contain a lot of flavonoids which decrease the risk of heart disease, eczema, and inflammation. Flavonoids increase the number of connections between neurons and reduce the onset of amyloid plaques that cloud the brains of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Go for berries, coffee, red wine, chocolate, and leafy greens to keep your flavonoid level up.
And lastly, there is the vitamin E. It has been proven the vitamin prevents damage of cells. Some studies even show that the progression from mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease is delayed by vitamin E. Again, leafy greens like spinach, watercress and kale play an important role in the intake of vitamin E. Seeds and nuts such as peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds all increase the level of vitamin E in our bodies. Finally, make sure you incorporate some sunflower oil or soybean oil into your diet.