The brain is our most vital organ everything from involuntary life support functions like our breathing and heartbeat to the nature of memory and personality. The brain contains more than 100 billion cells that include neurons which are specialized cells of the nervous system which is responsible for the transmissions of electrical impulses to and from the central nervous system. The neurons send signals to thousands of other cells at a rate of about 200 miles per hour, but as a person ages these signals can slow down due to years of stress, an unhealthy diet or abuse of the body (alcohol, drugs etc) or even worst the combination of them.
Alzheimer’s disease which is prevalent among the elderly and increases with age is a progressive form of presenile dementia which is very similar to senile dementia except that is starts in ones 40s and 50s. Its first effects on the memory are impaired memory functions closely followed by impaired speech and thinking and finally complete helplessness. Mild cognitive impairment is a disorder that is considered a strong and early predictor of Alzheimer’s.
Memory loss is not an inevitable part of our aging process because the brain is capable of producing new brain cells at any age so important memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Remember that the brain is also a muscle and must be exercised and taken care of like every other important muscle in your body and more so. Your health habits, lifestyle and daily activities can have a tremendous effect on the health of your brain. Whatever the age there are many ways to improve your cognitive memory skills, prevent memory loss and overall aging effects on the brain.
These foods have been proven to enhance the brains overall health as well as to ensure that it is functioning properly on a daily basis. You can choose to follow these helpful brain health tips and live to reap the rewards many years from now.
- Drink lots of tea. In the morning instead of coffee, during the day iced with a lemon twist, invite friends over for an afternoon tea, or have it at night while reading a good book. Freshly brewed green or black tea is incredibly beneficial to your brain because it is full of catechins. Catechins are wonderful for keeping your mind sharp, fresh and functioning properly. Not only are they beneficial in keeping your brain working right but they are also effective in helping you to relax and also helps fight mental fatigue.
- Eat lots of chocolate! Cocoa is said to be very nutritious for the brain and scientist have proven that the antioxidants content in only two or three tablespoons of cocoa powder is much stronger that those antioxidants found in other foods such as green tea or red wine. The reason that dark chocolate is also good for the brain is that the main antioxidant found in cocoa known as flavonols are said to increase blood flow to the brain. And anything that can do this is most certainly good for the brain.
- Nuts and seeds are awesome for your brain. Peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and basically any other type of seed you can think of are wonderful for your brain. Seeds and nuts are great for your brain as they are packed full of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids as well as folate, vitamin E & B6. All of these nutrients combined helps greatly in thinking clearly and they also help you think more positively because these Omega fatty acids work as natural antidepressants. Some seeds are full of thiamine and magnesium which are wonderful for cognitive functions, memory and brain nourishment.
By following these top three foods to your diet you will be assured that in your later years, which are suppose to be your best, your brain will still be able to happily perform at its best regardless of age.