10 Best foods for the Ageing Mind

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As you get older, eating well can help improve your memory, physical health, mental acuteness, and boost your energy levels. Here are 10 best foods for the ageing mind.

1.  Salmon

Salmon is one of the best sources if omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike other fats, this fat is considered the most “essential” because the body is unable to create them and must get them from food. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to help prevent heart diseases and reduce the chances of stroke. According to an article, “omega-3 fats appear to help the heart beat at a steady clip and not veer into a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic rhythm.”

Salmon is also rich in protein and vitamin D. Studies show that it helps to slow down mental degeneration and also stabilizes mood changes.

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2. Walnuts

Walnut is rich in carbs, protein, unsaturated fatty acids – which is the good kind of fat. It is also rich in Fiber, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc. Studies have shown that walnuts helps to improve reaction to stress, helps you think more clearly, and also benefits memory and other cognitive functions. Walnuts are considered the top nut for brain health, because they have a high concentration of DHA (one of the type of omega-3 fatty acids). DHA has been shown to help prevent and or ameliorate age-related cognitive decline.

3. Eggs

Eggs contain Amino acids, Retinol acids (vitamin A), B Vitamins – B 12 has been shown help improve memory. Some research studies have shown a correlation between slow cognitive decline in people with early Alzheimer’s and their intake of B-12 when taken together with Omega-3 Acids. Eggs have also been shown to promote brain development and improve motor function and memory.

4. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate improves blood flow to the brain, boosts mood, improves memory and focus. Dark chocolate produces the “feel-good” chemicals called endorphins. These chemicals reduces pain and diminishes the negative effects of stress, while directly making you feel happier.

5. Avocados

Avocado is a great food for  the aging mind. It has been shown to help minimize stroke-related brain damage, improve memory, reduce the risk of inflammation and cancer, lower cholesterol, and control blood pressure. Avocados are rich in Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin K, and Dietary Fiber. Avocados also contains the good fat aka monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow – healthy blood flow equals healthy brain.

Other food that improves the aging mind includes:

6. Blueberries

Protects the brain from stress and can help reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

7. Spinach

Spinach contains Folic Acid. Studies have shown that Folic acid affects mood and cognitive functions in a good way. Folic acid is an important substance for all ages as it affects the functioning of the nervous system as a whole.

8. Green tea

Green Tea does more than just keep you awake, green tea also makes you smarter. According to a study, the caffeine in green tea has Amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier, making you more attentive, alert, and mentally aroused.

9. Broccoli

This vegetable contains a substance called sulforaphane, that has been shown in some research to help protect the brain.

10. Wine

“A glass a day keep the doctor away” might be true after all. Although it makes you feel relaxed, it is also giving your brain a workout. Drinking wine engages more parts of your brain than any other human activity, according to a Neuroscientist, Gordon Shepherd.

Adebolanle A.I. is a Mental Health Social Worker and Registered Behavioral Technician. She has many years of experience writing and advocating for mental health awareness. She runs a mental health and lifestyle website, where she shares tools to help individuals work through daily life challenges.