Make Your Brain Better With Antioxidants
A common belief is that you can't grow new brain cells or improve your brain past the age of twenty five. That's a myth, people! Don't believe it. Of course, if you do believe it, it gives you an excuse to do nothing to improve your mental function, doesn't it? But you're visiting my website because you're proactive. You're someone who's interested in living a long healthy life with a clear mind, right?
How are you going to accomplish that? Do brain puzzles? Watch Jeopardy every night? Download a pile of apps onto your smartphone? You can do all of those things, but if you don't literally feed your brain the correct nutrients, you won't accomplish much.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT...
Our brains are constantly changing, even in old age. We lose cells, and neural pathways we don't use break down. But we grow new cells. And we make new connections between those cells. It just doesn't happen as easily. We have to work a bit harder. We have to study more to memorize something. It becomes more important that we supply our brains with the right building blocks.
We also have to do what we can to stem the bad changes that are occurring in our brains and throughout our bodies. As we use oxygen and break it down we are left with the side effects of oxidation. Oxidation creates free radicals and has been linked to the formation of the plaques seen in Alzheimer's disease. The cell damage caused by free radicals has also been associated diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and atherosclerosis, to name a few.
Our bodies are able to deal with this to some extent. But to keep our brain pathways working optimally we need to take in antioxidants. Antioxidants slow down or block these reactions in our bodies. Some halt the oxidation process directly. Others react with the resulting free radical and stop further reaction.
The best way to get your antioxidants is through a balanced diet. They are found in various fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts, legumes, etc. Here is a partial list of foods which are good sources of antioxidants...
Fruits: berries, apple skins, cider, pears, plums, grapes, wine (don't go crazy with the wine!)
Vegetables: spinach, broccoli, parsley, onion
Whole grain cereals: barley, maize, millet
Nuts: almonds, pecans, pistachios
Beans: cacao including chocolate, coffee
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