“Five Brain Booster Foods”
Studies show that what you eat can affect your brain power and cognitive prowess. Cognitive health refers to one’s ability to think clearly, learn, and remember. Over five million Americans have limited brain function with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One in three seniors dies with (not necessarily from) Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. People are keen to adopt ways of decreasing their chances of dementia and to finding ways to improve function of their brain. False claims have been rampant with articles pushing the notion that this can be achieved with coffee, cocoa, water, antioxidants, etc. Some studies have linked the Mediterranean diet (high in fish oils, nuts, and grains and including maybe a little red wine) with advantageous effects on neurologic and mental health. Studies show that small changes to your diet can improve cognitive health and performance. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of many chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes. It may also help keep your brain healthy. The NIA defines a healthy diet as one that consists of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish, and poultry, low-fat or nonfat dairy products, and whole grains. Also limit solid fats, sugar, and salt. Be sure to control portion sizes and drink enough water and other fluids. Here are five foods that can boost cognitive function.