What Foods Effect Your Memory?
Memory Food – Food For Thought
Many studies have shown us that some foods are extremely efficient at boosting our memory power; however, others may actually increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other serious health problems, making it a matter of importance to limit or remove them from our diet. This becomes even more important as we age.
A healthy eating plan should do more than just reduce our waist line. It should improve our heart health, decrease the risk for diabetes, cancer and other diseases; it should also be of benefit to our minds. Research clearly shows that people with a poor diet are at a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Why Do Some Foods Induce Memory Loss?
For the brain to work efficiently it must have the right fuel. For peak performance your brain needs vitamins and minerals, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins. If we eat too few of these brain foods and eat too many processed foods like sugar and complex carbohydrates, we stimulate the production of toxins within the body. These toxins can cause swelling and a buildup of plaque in the brain, which can impair cognitive function.
- White foods like white rice, white sugar, white bread, pasta and cakes cause a spike in your production of insulin and send toxins to the brain.
- Processed meats like smoked turkey, ham, bacon, sandwich meats etc – any meat that has been processed – may contain nitrosamines, these make the liver produce fats which are toxic to your brain.
- Processed cheeses build up proteins in the body which are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Beer – most types of beer contain nitrites, these have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Microwave popcorn has a chemical called diacetyl which may lead to an increase of amyloid plaques in the brain, which have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Healthy Foods That Boost Memory
To enjoy good all-round health it is important to eat more of the foods that boost your memory and less of the foods that induce memory loss.
- Vegetables – leafy green vegetables like turnip greens, kale, spinach and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli have strong links to slowing down the decline of cognitive skills as we age.
- Cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines and halibut are rich in omega-3 fatty acids – Some other great sources are some nuts, beans, flax seeds and oils such as olive oil.
Berries and dark skinned fruits such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, red grapes, plumbs, cherries and oranges are high in antioxidants
Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee and the antioxidants in chocolate help reduce the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease. Cinnamon and curry are also great.
- In extra virgin olive oil there is a substance called oleocanthal which helps increase the production of enzymes and proteins which can help breakdown amyloid plaques which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Virgin coconut oil is also great – it boosts ketones and is free of cholesterol and trans-fats. It improves how the body utilizes insulin, it increases HDL (good cholesterol), helps boost thyroid function and acts as a natural antibiotic and antioxidant.
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