For those of you who missed it, here is the April 2nd news spot on San Diego Living, Channel 6
We’ve all had those days when we just feel like our brain is in a fog. And while there’s no magic pill (or is there?) to bring us back to the height of our cognitive powers, there are some foods and nutrients that have been shown to improve brain function, protect against age-associated cognitive decline and encourage focus and clarity. But before you dismiss the diet-brain connection let me tell you there has been study after study that has found a relationship between what we put in our mouths and how well we can perform important thinking and memory tasks. While certain nutrients may specifically assist brain function, there is also the totality of our diets to consider. Also, several well-regarded studies have shown that meal timing is an important predictor of performance.
For example, research shows that eating breakfast can improve the memory and acquisition skills of schoolchildren. In a finding sure to fuel the debate over the harms of saturated fat, researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital published a study last year suggesting that saturated fats — found in red meat and full-fat dairy products — causes the brain to age more rapidly than other kinds of fat. Olive oil, avocado, and other monounsaturated fats appear to slow brain aging.
I’ve put together the top brain foods — tell me Friday if any have made a difference for you. We all could use a little extra oomph up there?
· Walnuts help promote blood flow, which in turn allows for efficient delivery of oxygen to the brain.
· Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fat, which has been shown to actually slow brain aging.
· Berries – Neuro-research found that a diet high in blueberries, strawberries and others were linked to a slower mental decline in areas like memory and focus in a large sample of middle-aged women.
· Fatty fish like sardines and salmon are a well-known brain booster, thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, which have been linked to lower risk of dementia, improved focus and memory.
· Spinach is rich in the antioxidant lutein, which is thought to help protect against cognitive decline, according to researchers from Tufts University.
· Avocados are full of monounsaturated fats that improve vascular health and blood flow, making them another brain food.
· Water – When a person becomes dehydrated, their brain tissue actually shrinks. And several studies have shown that dehydration can affect cognitive function. Dehydration can impair short-term memory, focus and decision making.
· Garlic may help stave off some forms of brain cancer, according to research published in Cancer, the medical journal of the American Cancer Society. Investigators found that the organo-sulfur compounds in garlic actually worked to kill brain cancer cells.
The key to successfully implementing these foods for effectiveness is in balancing them. Remember, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. At the Seminar Friday, we will talk about how to combine these foods and other herbs and botanicals for optimal brain function.
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It all starts on my birthday, this Friday, April 5th at a FREE seminar in San Diego where San Diego 6 viewers can get a chance to enter to receive all of this free. All views have to do is register at www.trisystem.info/san-diego-6. That enters you in a drawing to be announced at the seminar. More information about the location is on that page. It starts at 6:30. I hope to see you there!