You have probably heard of a heart-healthy diet, but have you considered how well you are nourishing your brain? Is your diet helping to protect your brain from environmental damage? From damage due to stroke? Can what you eat help stop your brain from shrinking? Learn how stocking your kitchen with Malaysian Palm Fruit Oil and other nutritious foods may help you to keep your brain in shape.
Foods your brain will love:
• Blueberries. Our brains need the protection of potent antioxidants to help fight damage from oxidative stress. Blueberries have a high antioxidant (ORAC) value, making them a brain-healthy food. Cranberries and raisins are also good choices.
• Cold water fish: The omega-3 fatty acids found in such fish as salmon, tuna, halibut and trout are thought to be important for memory and cognition. Feeling blue? Mood swings may be signs of an omega-3 deficiency.
• Palm fruit oil: Palm fruit oil’s unique balance of fatty acids helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels which also helps protect brain cells in addition to your cardiovascular system. Red (virgin) palm fruit oil is rich in beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Palm fruit oil is also nature’s best source of Vitamin E tocotrienols which research has shown may help to protect your brain should you have a stroke, and might help you to recover faster. Unlike more fragile oils, such as olive oil, palm fruit oil’s nutrients aren’t destroyed by high heat and it has a longer shelf life, all of which makes it a better choice as a healthy cooking oil.
• Avocados: These make the list because their monounsaturated fat content contributes to a healthy blood flow. Maintaining a normal blood pressure supports brain health, and could help you avoid stroke.
• Nuts and eggs: These are good sources of choline, an essential nutrient associated with memory (such as where we left the car keys).
• Broccoli: This abundantly available vegetable is filled with vitamin K, which researchers believe supports cognition.
• Beans: The vitamin B12 in beans (and also spinach and broccoli) may keep your brain from shrinking as you age.
We all want to stay sharp as we get older. It turns out that eating a nutrient-dense diet, and focusing on a delicious variety of brain-healthy foods, may help us achieve that goal.
Robin Miller is a health and nutrition editor with more than 30 years of industry experience. She researches and writes about the nutritional benefits of palm fruit oil, with the goal of giving readers factual, science-based information that will be useful in their daily lives.