Memory-Boosting Super Foods Every Senior Should Be Eating
As most seniors know, the older we get, the more and more important it becomes to take care of our bodies. This is why maintaining a proper, balanced and healthy diet is so important for all seniors. However, when it comes to managing this type of healthy diet, one of the most important things that seniors should pay attention to, is adding plenty of memory-boosting foods to their diet.
There have been a number of studies done between brain function and diet and many researchers have discovered that there are foods that can actually improve memory and overall brain health. Adding these foods to an already balanced and healthy diet will only help any senior get the brain-boosting power they need to stay their healthiest well into their golden years.
It should come as no surprise that vegetables are some of the ?must-have? addition to any memory-boosting diet. There are so many great vitamins and nutrients that occur naturally in vegetables, but with the right vegetables in the diet, any senior can also get some serious brain-power as well. Some of the best brain-healthy vegetables include:
- Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower
The great thing about these leafy green vegetables is that they are really easy to incorporate in the diet. Just add a green salad to every dinner and you can instantly start improving your memory.
Fruits are another food group that are an unsurprising addition to any memory-boosting diet. However, when it comes to choosing the right fruits to help support brain function, it is important to pick dark-skinned fruits and berries. This includes strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries as well as cherries and plums.
The right healthy oils are a great addition to any brain-friendly diet. Plus, oils are a really easy thing to add to any meal as well. Most people cook with oils and add them as dressings to salads, so upping the ante on your healthy oils shouldn?t be a challenge. There are two main types of oils that are great for memory function, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (buy cold-pressed) and Virgin Coconut Oil. Both are relatively mild and very versatile oils to add to any meal.
Omega-3s and fatty acids are such an important part of any diet, but they are the part of most diets that get ignored. Many people take supplements to get the Omega-3s that they need, but in reality it is best to get this nutrient right from the source. Great places to get these acids include:
- Flax Seeds
- Unsalted raw nuts
Adding these items to a diet can go a long way in promoting overall health and improved brain health as well.
The Fun Stuff
One of the great things about eating a healthy, balanced, memory-boosting diet, is that there is actually a lot of room for some really fun foods. Spices such as cinnamon are a great addition to one of these diets and fresh-ground, organic coffee can even help boost memory function. The most fun addition, however, is dark chocolate, which many researchers have found is great for memory function when eaten routinely, yet in moderation.
Keep all of these foods in mind when it comes to creating and maintaining a brain-healthy diet that can actually improve memory function and help some seniors even decrease the rate of Alzheimer?s and dementia.
- Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place for her senior research project and placed in the 98th percentile on the national exam for OB/GYN residents in the U.S..
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