Researchers have started to analyze the impact of diet on brain health for quite some time now. To function properly, our brains need chemicals that come from the various foods we consume. Diets based on high saturated fats increase blood pressure and clog arteries, thus inhibiting blood flow to the brain and diminishing key nutrients needed by the brain. However, scientists say there might still be hope in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Let’s focus on the benefits of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are plant chemicals that have been proven to protect brain cells and function. But what can one eat to have good brain health?
The first and foremost rule is to eat plenty of vegetables. The best choice is to munch on green leafy vegetables as they are filled with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins your brain needs. They can be easily incorporated into a favorite noodle rice or even potato-based casserole.
You can indulge yourself with cherries and berries, especially the dark ones – blackberries and blueberries. Make fruit smoothies or simply add them to your oatmeal. Also, cherries and berries make an excellent addition to spark a salad or they can be snacked on instead of harmful processed sweets or candies. A carrot is much better than a candy bar
Green coffee beans are another great source for antioxidants. Chlorogenic acid is the main antioxidant in green coffee beans and it can significantly reduce blood pressure. Raw, unroasted green coffee beans are the most abundant natural plant source of chlorogenic acid.
Of course, it is very important to drink water, as it helps transport oxygen, medications and nutrients throughout the body and it removes toxins and waste products from the body. It is recommended you carry a water bottle everywhere with you; leave one in your car, on your desk and pour yourself a glass to enjoy with every meal.