It’s crucial to implement a diet that prevents cognitive impairment the older you get.  Brain health can be stimulated in many different ways, but this isn’t a matter of exhausting yourself with crossword puzzles, this is about food to nourish your brain. In a recent issue of Food Technology, contributing editor Linda Milo Ohr indicated the key nutrients that may help safeguard your brain from mental decline:

Cocoa Flavanols

 These cocoa compounds may reverse age-related memory decline by improving function of your dentate gyrus, a region of the hippocampus—the hippocampus is most affected by Alzheimer’s disease—according to research from the Columbia University Medical Center.

Where To Find It: cacao beans, dark chocolate, CocoaVia powdered stick packs, supplements

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

According to a mouse study in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, omega-3 supplements can strengthen object recognition memory, spatial and localizatory memory (memories that can be consciously recalled such as facts and knowledge).

Where To Find It: salmon, flaxseed (and flaxseed oil), chia seeds, walnuts, enriched eggs, supplements

Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidic Acid

The combination of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid can help boost your memory, mood, and cognitive function, according to research published in the journal Advances in Therapy.  

Where To Find Phosphatidylserine Acid: organ meats, soybeans, supplements

Where To Find Phosphatidic Acid: cabbage and radish leaves, root vegetables, supplements


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