According to the most current research, a brain-healthy diet is one that reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes, encourages good blood flow to the brain, and is low in fat and cholesterol. Like the heart, the brain needs the right balance of nutrients, including protein and sugar, to function well. A brain-healthy diet is most effective when combined with physical and mental activity and social interaction.
Four things that you can do:
- Manage your body weight.
- Reduce your intake of foods high in fat and cholesterol.
- Increase your intake of protective foods. Protective foods contain high antioxidant levels, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin E.
- Increase your intake of vitamins and trace elements.
Healthy eating doesn't just affect the body it also affects the mind. Give yourself a "headstart" and become proactive instead of reactive with your mental fitness. To learn more, read the entire Alzheimers Association article at: www. alz.org.