The older I get, the more I’m allowing my pantry to be my medicine cabinet. While yes, there is definitely a place for the pharmacy, it can’t hurt to eat better, right? After some research, I found there are quite a few brain boosting foods out there we can all start adding into our diets.
1. Coconut Oil
This oil is currently being studied for its powers in helping Alzheimer’s patients at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. Recent research has found, during Alzheimer’s, the brain stops processing glucose and the disease acts much like a type three diabetes. When coconut oil is processed in the liver, it creates ketones, which can then be used as a back-up generator to the brain. Even people without evidence of the disease find it can lift that “brain fog” we can all experience.
This spice turns up a lot when you search for brain boosting foods. Forbes Magazine listed it as its top food for brain health because of its ability to increase memory, slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease, and may even increase brain cell creation.
Try Chef Alyssa’s White Sweet Potato and Carrot Samosa.
A new, exciting study was just published from the University of California, Santa Barbara looking at how the compound responsible for cinnamon’s sweet smell could lead to a healthier brain. Scientist believe this compound can help “untangle” proteins in the brain which can lead to oxidative stress. The study has yet to be tested in humans, but researchers believe future trials will show promising results.
Try our Gluten Free Peach Cobbler.
4. Broccoli and Cauliflower
These to vegetables pack in a type of vitamin B which has been found, in some research studies, to spur the development of brain cells. It’s another reason not to ignore the cauliflower! If you’re more of a broccoli person, you’ll get the added bonus of having a shot of vitamin K.
I LOVE blueberries. I love them fresh, in baked goods, covered in chocolate, you get where I’m going. Not only are they one of the least “sugary” fruits, consuming this fruit has been found to increase memory, faster learning, and sharper thinking ability. Imagine that – all this power from such a tiny fruit!
Try our Homemade Blueberry Muffins.
What is your favorite superfood?
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