Research about nutrition is ever evolving, and sometimes the latest findings conflict with previous results, making it confusing to wade through all of the recommendations and determine what you should be eating. To shed some light on how to eat well for brain health, Leslie Beck, a Registered Dietitian and author of 12 books on healthy eating, shares the latest information to help you choose foods that will give your brain a boost.
Many of the main contributing factors leading to cognitive decline and dementia can be addressed through food:
- Oxidative stress – eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help.
- High blood sugar or diabetes – limiting sugar and choosing low glycemic foods that don’t spike your blood sugar are good strategies.
- Inflammation – consuming things like omega 3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats can help.
- Risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and cholesterol – eating foods that protect your heart and arteries will protect your brain as well.