As we grow older, loss of memory and cognitive decline are common. Protect your brain health with these five anti-aging foods (that are also good for you in other ways).
Fish. You’ve heard that omega-3 fatty acids, found in high amounts in some types of fish, are good for your heart. But did you know this nutrient is also a powerful weapon against cognitive decline? Eat fish two more more times per week to boost your brain power. Opt for the more fatty types of fish, such as salmon and tuna.
Nuts. Walnuts, almonds, and pistachios also provide omega-3 fatty acids. Snack on them raw, or toss them into salads, oatmeal, or homemade trail mix. Just remember that a small handful makes a full serving; nuts are also packed with calories and can throw off a weight loss plan if you’re following one.
Leafy greens. Some research has suggested that a diet heavy in leafy greens can slow cognitive decline by many years. Just remember to opt for the dark varieties like spinach, kale, or green leaf lettuce when making salads or adding greens to a dish. Iceberg lettuce is mostly water and contains very little nutrients.
Berries. Berries are among the most nutritionally dense fruits, so incorporate them into your diet any chance you get. Slice them into salads or toss a handful into smoothies. And of course, berries make a simple and easy snack on the go, just as they are!
Cocoa. Yes, chocolate! The flavonoids in cocoa have been shown to preserve memory and protect the brain against damage due to aging. But keep in mind that devouring desserts full of sugar is not the way you want to obtain the brain-boosting powers of chocolate. Opt for a few ounces of dark chocolate in bar form, or add cocoa powder to shakes and smoothies.
For more information on anti-aging foods that also fit into your weight loss plan, let’s discuss your food choices at your next appointment. We can help you identify the foods that help you meet your weight loss goals now, while protecting your health for years to come.