5 foods to protect your brain as you age

We all know that diet is an important component of brain health, but which foods provide the most bang for your buck in terms of keeping you sharp through the aging process? Here are a few of the foods, drinks and nutrients that have been scientifically proven to help mitigate the effects of aging on the brain:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids: These crucial nutrients, found in seaweed and fatty fish like salmon and tuna, protect both the heart and the brain from the adverse symptoms of aging. A 2014 study found that mice who were given omega-3 supplements had better cognitive function as they aged than those that went without the supplements.
  • Cocoa flavanols: These are the healthy compounds found in cocoa that are concentrated in dark chocolate, making it a better dietary choice than milk chocolate. Cocoa flavanols have been shown in studies to improve the function of the dentate gyrus, which is a part of the brain that's linked to memory loss in seniors.
  • Magnesium: If you don't get enough magnesium in your diet, you expose yourself to cognitive decline, according to scientists. Foods high in magnesium include almonds, avocados, figs, pumpkin seeds, chard and spinach.
  • Green tea: A recent study from the University of Basel concluded that drinking green tea "might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain," increasing thinking power and improving performance on memory tasks.
  • Choline: This chemical, found largely in eggs, is involved in promoting communication between the brain cells and the rest of the body. It has also been found to prevent brain chemistry changes that lead to cognitive decline.

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