Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Beautiful Mind

We usually only think of nourishing our bodies from the neck down even though our brain is the true epicenter of our functionality!  A recent study conducted at the University of Michigan found that "cognitive ability starts to decline slightly as early as your twenties, when the brain begins to shrink and show other signs of aging".  "The human brain is more sensitive to food than any other organ" according to Ann Kulze, M.D., a nutrition expert.  Don't worry- there are plenty of foods that you probably already have on hand that make the perfect prescription for maintaining a healthy and high functioning brain:

+coffee: a long-term study found that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee a day at midlife was associated with a 65% lower risk of Alzheimer's and dementia.  Caffeine blocks adenosine (the brain chemical that causes memory loss and attention problems).  Other option: caffeinated green, black, white tea

+blueberries: exceptionally high in antioxidants which are key in counteracting the oxidative stress our brains experience from free radicals.  Other great options: pomegranates, apples, grapes, cherries, garlic, red cabbage, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, dark chocolate, red wine

+wild salmon: packed with omega-3 fatty acids that protect neurons and help brain function - afterall, our brains are over 60% fat!  Other sources: walnuts, flaxseed, dark leafy greens, canola oil, mackerel, tuna, sardines

+broccoli: magnesium rich- a deficiency in this mineral can contribute to age-related memory decline.  Other sources: almonds, cashews

+chicken: a complete protein which means it supplies our bodies with amino acids that are essential for healthy brain function.  Other options: red meat, soy, milk, yogurt, eggs, whey protein, fish

(source: Whole Living magazine, March 2012

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