Friday, September 14, 2007

Ten Foods that Boost Brainpower

This is an excerpt from an article written by Hara Estroff Marano on ediets.

Since all of us in our batch are now very wary of the foods we eat to stay healthy and add years to our life and increase our brainpower.....this is worth reading.

CROSSWORD PUZZLES alone won't save our brain and protect it from aging,right foods will.Some foods protect the brain's delicate nerve cells and blood vessels from the damage that accompanies aging.These foods are also good for the heart,as both the brain and the heart rely on steady oxygen supply.

CHEW on these 10 foods:

1. Blueberries...........the sweet wild ones are bursting with anti- oxidants which mop up free radicals.

2. Dark Leafy Greens .. contain folate and B12 which break down chemicals
with toxic effect on arterial walls.

3. Salmons and Sardines...Fatty fish are full of nueroprotective omega-3
acids.Higher levels of omega 3 in the blood with seratonin
has a mood-enhancing brain chemical.

4. Spinach........ slows down cognitive deficits and age related problems
in the central nervous system since it is full of
antioxidant power.

5. Red Wine or Grape
Juice..........drinking red wine in moderation increases longevity.But
since alcohol slows down the brains ability to function
properly ,grape juice maybe a smarter choice.

6. Whole Grains
and Brown Rice....switch to brown rice to improve your intake of
nutrients.It is filled with magnesium and vitamins.

7. Hot Cocoa.......warm up with hot cocoa to help your brain.The anti-
oxidants protect brain cells from oxidative stress that
may lead to Alzheimers and other disorders.

8. Nuts; Walnuts
and Almonds in antioxidants that lower blood cholesterol
levels.They don't contribute to weight gains and walnuts
are rich in Omega 3 .

9. Olive oil......contains potent antioxidants valled polyphenols that
reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.The exrta
virgin variety is best.

10.Garlic........this pungent herb fends off aging via its antioxidant
properties.It also contains anti bacterial and anti viral
compounds that help shake off stress-induced colds and
infections .Raw, crushed garlic is best.

Ready to sink your teeth into a new lifestyle ? Start it Now !!

1 comment:

Pilar Villegas Cuevas said...

Luz, thanks for posting this healthy tips for our brain. At our age we really need to eat these right kind of foods to make not only our brain but also our body healthy.