Plums can keep your bones strong, cure your constipation and help your brain stay sharp. This fruit is full of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The future prune also contains anthocyanin, giving the fruit its color and brain-boosting benefits you read about with blackberries and blueberries. Plums can also claim quercetin, another antioxidant that prevents brain cells from breaking down and also stops inflammation. Scientists credit inflammation as the root cause of most diseases including heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline.
Do you know the saying, “An apple a day…”? Well, “A glass of wine a day…” might not be a bad thing either. Red wine comes from red grapes, and red grapes contain a unique antioxidant in the skin called resveratrol. It is an antioxidant that has been called the “fountain of youth” because it appears to slow down aging and help protect your brain and nervous system. Researchers at the Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre at Northumbria University showed that resveratrol increases blood flow to your brain. This is a key to keeping your brain function healthy. A study done at Georgetown University Medical Center showed that red wine can even stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. Cheers.[/nextpage] [nextpage]
Turmeric is popular in Indian and Caribbean cuisine. This spice boasts the anti-inflammatory antioxidant, curcumin, which according to research findings may help inhibit the accumulation of harmful beta amyloids. These are amino acids that clump together in the brain forming plaques, and they are found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Turmeric, with curcumin, might stop this, at least to some extent. Curcumin has also been shown to boost memory and stimulate the production of new brain cells. You can add turmeric to your eggs, rice or soup, or try mixing it in with roasted veggies.
When in doubt, eat an apple. This fruit can help your body in so many ways, from preventing colds to quelling reflux. Experts also say eating apples will help you think clearly and improve your memory. Apples contain flavonoids called quercetin. If you remember (ha ha), flavonoids are plant-based nutrients, and they are very helpful to human health. Quercetin, specifically, is an antioxidant that prevents brain cells from breaking down and also stops inflammation. Eating apples regularly could protect your brain from the damage that leads to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but choose organic to avoid the pesticides. Now let’s get to the fun foods on the list.[/nextpage] [nextpage]
The polyphenols in this tea are powerful antioxidants that may protect against Parkinson’s and other brain disorders. These polyphenols can help boost dopamine, a neurotransmitter that not only puts you in a good state of mind, but is thought to play a significant role in the body’s motivation and decision-making ability. Like beans, green tea also provides the brain with a steady supply of glucose, the brain’s main fuel. Tannins, another set of compounds in green tea, are believed to prevent damage to the brain after strokes or other brain injuries.[/nextpage] [nextpage]