Eating super foods helps lowers cholesterol levels and the risk of developing heart disease but perhaps, one benefit stand out that will get seniors started on eating healthy and that health benefit is all about improving your memory. Our body, especially the brain needs nutrients to function properly, and some of these nutrients can only be found in foodstuff that has been identified as super foods.
Being healthy does not only involve the physical, but most especially it also involves the mental health. There are other ways to take care of your mental health to improve your memory such as practicing brain exercises but still with this effort you have to make sure that you are feeding your brain the essential nutrients it needs.
One of those essential nutrients that the brain needs is the Omega-3 fatty acid. This fatty acid helps in brain function and development, thus daily intake of foods rich in this nutrient can help reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and help improve memory in those who are already showing signs of memory loss. Foods rich in this essential brain nutrient are walnuts, almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts; as well as salmon, tuna, and sardines.
The great thing about these Omega-3 rich foods is that they are not only beneficial for a healthy brain, they are good for a healthy heart as well because they are rich in monounsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol levels, thus cholesterol build up in the arteries is prevented.
Kidney beans are also one of the foodstuffs you can eat to improve your memory. Kidney beans are considered super foods because including them in your diet provide a good supply of B-complex vitamins, a group of vitamins that play a major role in keeping the nervous system functioning properly. Inositol and choline are only two compounds that belong to the B-complex vitamins, and they are the two compounds responsible for uplifting the mood and improving the memory.
The blueberry is a fruit rich in nutrients that help slow aging and for a better balance and coordination. It has anthocyanin, a plant pigment and phytonutrient responsible for the blueberry’s color that helps improve short-term memory. For maximum benefit from this fruit, be sure to consume the fresh raw ones and not the processed ones because any processed foods have been stripped off a significant amount of its nutrients.
Another fruit that belongs to the super foods category is the acai berry. It had only been in recent times when modern science discovered its great benefits and since then the popularity of acai berry has sky rocketed among the health conscious. And it is not only because it is good in aiding weight loss but because it also has Omega-3 fatty acid and protein, which are nutrients needed by the brain.