Guest post by Jana from A Doctor and a Nurse
Lost the keys again? When I lose the keys I worry a bit about the future of my cognitive function. Is this a sign? Am I starting to lose “it”? Research is showing that my chances of losing my cognitive function are less if I just include a few brain boosters in my diet. Here are some food choices that can help support your cognitive function:
- Walnuts: Studies show that walnut consumption correlates with better cognitive function and memory test scores. Since walnuts have many other health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, adding this healthy nut to my diet is a no-brainer.
- Blueberry Juice: Research shows improved memory and learning in elderly subject who drank blueberry juice daily. Sip it in a glass or add it to a smoothie. Either way, blueberry juice is a smart choice.
- Green Tea: Improved memory and attention span are the results of a recent study involving people with existing mild cognitive impairment. Green tea has an amino acid called L-theanine which has neuroprotective properties that support cognitive function. Green tea is known for its multiple health benefits including improved cardiac function, weight loss and now cognitive function. Drinking several cups of green tea per day is a bright idea!
- Omega 3’s: Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids found in fish oil and flax seed (and walnuts, by the way). Omega 3’s have been shown to enhance the production of neurons and synapses that keep the brain waves moving. Adding 3 ounces of fish to your diet twice per week is good thinking.
- Magnesium: A new Alzheimer’s study found more severe cognitive loss in those patients who had low magnesium. Protecting your brain with magnesium rich foods such as spinach, oats, almonds and wild rice is simply ingenious.
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What’s your favorite brain food? Tell us a funny “brain lapse” story you have had recently!