Boost Your Brain Heath with Food!

Nutritionist, dietitian, show guest and Dr. Oz expert Kristin Kirkpatrick shares her tips for nourishing your brain.

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There are also many foods that affect both how we communicate and the brain’s ability to protect us against unwanted materials and damage.

  • Guacamole – is loaded with vitamin E which may help reduce cognitive delay in the elderly and improve coordination and balance. One large study found that it may help to decrease oxidative stress – a main culprit in brain related diseases.
  • Curried lentils – curcumin (the active ingredient of turmeric) and has been widely used in India for thousands of years. Curcumin may help the brain by preventing Alzheimer’s. A major study found that turmeric may help to break apart amyloid beta in the brain (which may cause plaques). Lentils have also been identified to help with keeping the brain in optimal shape by providing a steady stream of glucose (the first fuel the brain utilizes for energy).
  • Chia seed or salmon – are high in Omega-3 fatty acids and have been found to assist in keeping arteries in the brain clear of plaque. Omega 3’s also protect neurons and may prevent memory impairment as well.
  • Strawberry, blueberry and spinach salad – a study in Journal of Neuroscience found that mice that were fed strawberry and spinach extracts had less of a cognitive decline than rats that were fed “regular” rat feed. The combination of these foods found a direct link to reversal of brain cell aging. Has a lot to do with how rich in antioxidants these foods are.
  • Coffee was found to protect to the brain in one large study by keeping the brain blood barrier intact and thus, helped to keep harmful cholesterol from damaging the brain. May improve short term memory as found in one study.
  • Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

    Article written by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD
    Kristin Kirkpatrick is the Manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, in Cleveland, Ohio.