Feed Your Brain

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on August 17, 2017 · 0 comments

One of the major theories of aging is that free radicals cause accumulated damage to our cells over time. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that disrupt normal cellular processes. Neurons, the interconnected network of nerve cells that the brain needs to function, are particularly susceptible to free radical damage. Study after study has shown that eating fruits and vegetables, high in antioxidant activity, can offset free radical damage and slow down the aging process.

Nuts are rich in both polyphenols, naturally occurring compounds with antioxidant activity, and omega-3 healthy fats. Omega-3 fats are found in high concentrations in the brain. This type of fat reduces inflammation and are important for both memory and performance.

Bottom line: Eat more fruits, vegetables and nuts to feed your brain.

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