The New Year is a time of new beginnings and setting new goals to make it a better year. For many, eating healthier is high on their list of resolutions. There are many diets and eating plans available to help with a variety of health needs. Scientists are continually studying the effects of “superfoods” on our memories. What if there is a link between the foods we eat and a decreased rate of Alzheimer’s? No matter if you are making dietary changes because it is a new year or because your doctor has told you to, eating healthier can help you enjoy life in your golden years. Some superfoods are readily absorbed and used by your body to increase your brain power. Choose these Superfoods to Help Keep Your Grey Cells Strong While there is no magic pill to cure all ailments, these foods are making scientists stand up and take notice:
  1. Veggies and Leafy Greens. Mom knew best when she told you to eat your vegetables. Veggies, in particular leafy greens, have some protective effects for our brains. If you take blood thinners, talk with your doctor before eating dark greens, as the vitamin K in it may affect your medication.
  2. Fish, Nuts, and Flax Seeds. We have heard that omega-3 fats, such as those found in fish, grains, and nuts, are healthy fats. Research by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests that these same fats may just slow the rate of decline in Alzheimer’s patients.
  3. Chocolate, Coffee, and Spices. It is possible that your sweet treat may just improve your brain function. Both chocolate and coffee contain caffeine which could possibly slow Alzheimer’s disease. Spices carry many additional benefits besides cognitive ones including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  4. Dark Skinned Fruit with Antioxidants. We have learned that antioxidants can help combat free radicals that cause cancer, but they also have the potential to improve your cognitive functions. Consider eating fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, and oranges, to name a few.
  5. Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and Other Healthy Oils. Studies are currently being conducted to investigate the effects of coconut oil on Alzheimer’s. The verdict is still not out, but cooking with and eating healthy fats exposes your system to polyphenols which may be neuroprotective.
Scientists may still be discovering the benefits of superfoods on the functions of our brains. In the meantime, making a choice to eat healthier by getting the nutrition your body needs is never a wrong decision. At Wesley Enhanced Living CCRC, we help our residents learn new ways to get the nutrients they need. Call one of our Philadelphia area locations to arrange a visit and see why our residents love living here. Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality retirement communities for you or your elderly loved ones. Please visit our care communities to learn more or click here to request more information today.