Foods to Boost Your Brain Power
Come tax time, we can all use a little extra brain power. Even those of us just gathering the paperwork for our CPA can become muddled in basis points, interest deductions and other computations that can make a non-math brain ache. Don’t have to deal with taxes yet? Then your brain power likely needs amping for upcoming finals.
The great news is you can load up on “brain foods” to help you stay alert, improve your memory, stave off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and boost brain power. It’s no myth: Brain foods do exist, and not surprisingly, most of them are already important parts of a healthy, balanced diet.
Wheat germ, for one, is packed with B vitamins, which help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by lowering levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that can lead to these diseases as well as stroke. It also contains high levels of vitamin E, noted for helping brain function in older adults.
Breakfast is a particularly good time of day for a brain boost. Starting with oatmeal or granola, both of which contain carbohydrate-loaded oats to fuel your brain, add in some Kretschmer Wheat Germ, blueberries (to battle short-term memory loss and increase brain function) and walnuts (whose omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants help heighten brain power).
To improve cognitive function, watch your fat intake—and by that we mean include more monounsaturated fats like olive oil and fewer saturated fats, such as those found in red meat and full-fat dairy products. A 2012 study showed a diet high in saturated fat has a detrimental effect on memory and reason, while one higher in good fats actually seems to slow brain aging.
Lunchtime salads offer a great opportunity to work in those good fats and avoid saturated fats. In addition, studies show eating more vegetables slows cognitive decline, so pile on the veggies before adding your canola- or olive-oil-based salad dressing—and don’t forget to enhance your dressing with Kretschmer Wheat Germ.
When dinner time rolls around, think fish, especially fatty fish like salmon and sardines, which are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids, excellent for brain development and health. Because they also improve focus, they’re a great topping for a morning bagel to get your day off to a smart start.