What you eat can make a big impact on brain health! Some foods help improve short-term memory, and some aid in preventing diseases associated with
aging, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. What you eat and drink also plays a big role in your mental performance and concentration throughout the day. So to make the most of your brain power, include these foods to make sure you are getting the right fuel to your noggin.
The human brain is made of tty acids including DHA, an omega-3 fat that supports proper brain development and functioning. In fact, one study shows that adults who eat the most omega-3 fatty acids have increased “gray matter” or brain tissue in three brain areas that regulate mood! Salmon is an excellent source of these brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, and it is a versatile protein that can be cooked many different ways. Try the fast & delicious recipes on page 7 to enhance your brain power.
Egg yolks are a rich source of choline, which is an important nutrient that is a chemical building block of every cell in our bodies. Some studies have shown that adults who boost choline intake can improve memory. Eggs are also a great source of protein and vitamins A and B12. If you are trying to reduce cholesterol intake, eat two whole eggs per week, and drink skim milk to make sure you are getting enough choline to support memory.
Whole grains are loaded with filling complex carbohydrates and fiber, which help us maintain normal blood sugar levels throughout the day. Stable blood sugar is important because the brain needs the constant supply of energy that is found in our blood in order to maintain alertness throughout the day.
So to make sure our brains have energy, we need to eat the right amount of whole-grain foods.
For a whole-grain meal that is easy to make, try General Mills® Good Earth Dinners. Make for dinner, and save leftovers to take to school or work for a brain-boosting lunch.
Almonds are full of antioxidant vitamin E, which helps to protect all cells from aging and the damaging effects of “free radicals.” Almonds are also a great source of fiber and protein. In fact, almonds have the highest amount of protein per ounce of all nuts. This combination of fiber and protein makes almonds a great snack choice that fills you up and helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Try a handful of almonds with a piece of fruit in place of your normal afternoon snack. Or try a glass of Almond Breeze® almond milk, or a handful of whole-grain crackers with one tablespoon of Blue Diamond®
Studies are piling up showing all of the many health benefits of green tea. A recent study in Japan showed that people over 70 who drank the most green tea showed the fewest signs of cognitive decline associated with aging. To get the most concentration of antioxidant benefits, brew your own green tea at home. But if you are out and about in the hot summer sun, reach for a non-soda, calorie-free refreshment like Lipton® Diet Green Tea with Citrus.