Friday, January 26, 2007

Eat Smart for a Healthier Brain

Add these 'superfoods' to your daily diet, and you will increase your odds of maintaining a healthy brain for the rest of your life. WebMD 6/12/06 "Blueberries...blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease Alzheimer's disease or dementia dementia. Studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats...Nuts and seeds...Beans....The brain is dependent on glucose for fuel, Kulze explains, and since it can't store the glucose, it relies on a steady stream of energy -- which beans can provide...Pomegranate juice...Freshly brewed tea" (no milk)"...Dark chocolate...Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties, contains several natural stimulants, including caffeine, which enhance focus and concentration, and stimulates the production of endorphins, which helps improve mood."

Not a lot of depth in the article, but a good quick list. I'd add curcumin from turmeric. And dark chocolate is looking better every day as a way to stave off age related decline in the brain. The list is by no means complete.

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