Aging can have profound effects on the brain’s cognitive functions, but don't worry.
You can grow new neurons at any time in life. You can also grow synapses, which neurons use to communicate with each other. This can lead to more efficient brain function, increased intelligence, a better memory and even spiritual awakening.
Regular meditation, reading and puzzles all help keep your brain healthy. Physical exercise also helps by increasing the number of blood vessels that supply your brain with nutrients and oxygen, and this improves memory.
The foods you eat also have profound effects on brain health. Below are a few.
Avocados. Avocados are almost entirely made of healthy fats. They can even replace butter in baking recipes. They’re also rich in B vitamins, vitamins C and K and folate. It’s a great food for boosting concentration and memory by improving blood flow. It also prevents strokes.
Blueberries. Blueberries were tested on a population of aging rats and made them smarter. They’re high inanti-oxidants and improve blood flow to the brain.
Extra virgin olive oil. Polyphenols are powerful anti-oxidants found in olive oil. They improve memory and concentration and reverse aging. They also have neuroprotective qualities and counteract neurotoxins and free radicals. Make sure the package says it’s certified or you may have an olive/canola mix, even if it’s a major brand.
Fatty fish. Salmon and trout are widely touted as brain foods. Just three ounces of salmon will take you over your Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR) for Omega 3 fatty acids for the day, and that’s a good thing. If you’re on a budget, pick up some sardines.
Foods rich in B vitamins. Vitamin B6 is essential for the production of neurotransmitters. OtherB vitamins also contribute to brain health. B vitamins are linked to slower cognitive decline. The best B sources are foods such as greens, eggs, seafood and beef.
Bacopa Monnieri. Science consistently confirms that Bacopa slows down, and even reverses, cognitive decline. It protects the brain and boosts memory and concentration. Bacopa can also increase exercise stamina by supplying the muscles and brain with more oxygen. It enhances pineal gland function as well, leading to higher intuition and creativity. Bacopa is the main ingredient in Nambu’s Hi-Memory Formula. Take it as a capsule or search online for Bacopa recipes.
Turmeric. Turmeric’s neuroprotective effects have been widely studied. It keeps people sharp in their elderly years. It’s rich in anti-oxidants which prevent oxidative damage by free radicals. The curcuminoids nourish the cell membranes. Hi-Health Formula contains Turmeric and black pepper extract. The latter increases your body’s absorption of the brain supporting nutrients.
You only have one brain. Keep it young, and make sure it gets plenty of good nutrients that boost memory and concentration.