Great Foods for Brain Health

Eating right for brain health might be a new concept. Most people focus on foods that will help them lose weight or give them peak performance physically. It may not occur to them to eat for their brain’s health too. From birth until death, our brain is responsible for every body function. The brain tells the systems when to operate and the brain regulates how the systems carry out their duties. Of all the organs in the body, the brain has the biggest and most important job. Start eating to optimize your brain's health and function.

Some of the best foods for brain health are:

  • Complex Carbs
  • Antioxidants
  • Omega Fatty Acids 

Finding foods from each category is pretty easy. Many whole foods you love are already doing the job. Adding some new foods to your lineup can close any gaps. Make sure you’re eating a wide variety of brain healthy foods.

Complex carbs give you longevity and energy. Complex carbs fuel your body and your brain. Some of the best sources are:

Oats
Beans
Brown rice
Quinoa
Split peas
Squash
Cruciferous vegetables

Many of these foods also provide the added benefit of healthy fiber. That helps keep your gut and your digestive tract functioning well too.

Antioxidants combat oxidative stress to the brain. Free radicals are dangerous for brain health. Counteracting and reducing the impact of free radicals is easier with antioxidant-rich foods. Some of the best antioxidant foods are:

Berries
Leafy greens
Beans
Dark chocolate (yes, but don't go crazy!)
Tomatoes
Corn
Green tea

The wonderful thing about antioxidant-rich foods is the wide variety within each category. There are many types of berries, beans and dark green leafy veggies to choose from. That makes it easy to choose foods that are rich in antioxidants without getting bored.

Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids taste great! We all know that high-fat foods tend to taste great. Foods that are higher in fat are satisfying and easy to consume. (Often too easy, right?) Add some of these foods to your weekly menu to boost your brain health:

Fatty fish
Nuts
Seeds
Flax and chia seeds
Avocado
Seaweed
Beans
Wild Rice
Spinach

They'll add variety and flavor to your menu while providing excellent health and nutrition for your brain.

It’s easy to create menus that include foods from each category. Some foods even offer benefits in multiple categories. Have fun choosing foods that you already love but plan to incorporate new foods into the mix.

What else can you do for a better memory, improved concentration and reduced risks of dementia and stroke? Take the 12 Day eCourse 10 Steps to Optimal Brain Health and stay up-to-date with the Say No To Stroke email series.

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