7 Anti Ageing Foods You Should Be Eating Right Now
Did you know the brain takes up 20% of your body’s energy?
We talk a lot about how everything goes to the hips, but aside from “fish is good for the brain” we don’t pay mind to what’s going on with our grey matter.
A balanced diet is crucial to keep our brains in good shape and our minds sharp, so we’ve compiled some foods you can find in your local market, that are surprisingly nutritive for it:
This protein fountain comes in many shapes, from cereal to drink; and it’s chock-full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals that enhance your mental capabilities, increase your memory and are even good for your heart.
For such a common fruit all over the world, few others can compete with it in nutrition value: B6 vitamins (that do wonders for your memory and, strangely enough, humour), folic acid, must-eat minerals like calcium, phosphorous and potassium. It’s a sweet and healthy food that also helps with bowel movements and gives us energy. Not to mention, you can turn ripe bananas it into a one-ingredient ice cream!
One of the most (in?)famous vegetables around, it’s still the king when it comes to vitamins (most notably the B vitamins which aid with memory and brain functions), proteins and fibres. Just remember this natural treasure is better eaten raw or steamed; otherwise, it can lose some of its nutrients.
Doctors have recommended nuts as healthy calorie supplies, but what is it doing to our brains? Aside from plenty of B vitamins (which as we now know, are excellent for the brain), it contains flavonoids ( an antioxidant that prevents ageing), and selenium (the brain needs this for functioning at all). However, even if you already love walnuts, try to keep them to 3-4 per day, as they can skyrocket your calorie intake!
How weird is it we always omit the “cold-water” part? When you heard the adage, what it refers to is a variety of fish like tuna, herrings, salmon and sardines that contain omega-3 fats, which build brain membranes and promotes brain cell formation (along plenty of other health benefits like lowering the risk of heart diseases, cancer and arthritis). Luckily, these are the ones most easy to find on the market!
The fact chocolate can be healthy is a godsend by itself, but you need to be aware that the benefits come from cocoa, rich in B vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium and more. For this reason, dark chocolate is better for you than it’s whiter counterparts (based on cocoa butter). Despite not being the most original item on this list, it’s by far the one with the most immediate benefits: a smile in each bite.
We round it up with a fruit that makes its way into our restaurant salads, and carries a decent amount of Omega-3 (prevents brain detriment and enhances memory), along antioxidant properties to keep all of our body young.
Have you noticed how common (and tasty) most of this list was? In the end, keeping your brain active, healthy and young requires little sacrifices in the flavour department, but instead a compromise in including these ingredients in our diets.
Take into account, food is a big part, but not the only one when it comes to brain health: exercise, bot physical and mental, are its own form of nutrients for our mental health. Finally, a good sleep schedule makes sure our brain can rest and take advantage of everything we are doing for it