Unless you’re dealing with food allergies or intolerance, it’s best to get as many vitamins as possible from food, because the body absorbs them better. Some of the vitamins and minerals linked to improved memory include vitamins B6, B12, D, C, and E; folate, biotin, coQ10, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, particularly in the flavonoid family.
Our bodies change as we age. In turn, seniors have very different nutritional needs than teenagers, children, and even middle-aged adults. Age-related changes can affect how your body processes food, which influences your dietary needs and affects your appetite.
Below is a list of healthy brain boosters, make sure your loved one stocks up on these foods. It’s time to get the rocket boosters, boosting again.
- Shellfish: Shellfish contains Vitamin B12, iron, magnesium and potassium which are great for brain function.
- Low-fat foods: Psychology Today reports that a diet rich in saturated fatty foods can lead to depression and cancer.
- Salmon: Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart and brain.
- Canola oil: Cook with canola oil instead of corn and sunflower oils to up your intake of omega-3s.
- Avocado: Avocado is full of the good kinds of fatty acids, and it’s also supposed to be good for your hair and nails.
- Good carbohydrates: To keep your glucose levels at the right level, eat vitamin-rich, whole grain cereals, toast and crackers when your energy is low.
- Eggs: Eggs contain choline, a type of B vitamin that is good for memory and stress management.
- Almonds: Almonds are often touted as a good brain food, giving you lots of energy. They also contain choline.
- Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables have many great health benefits, and the brain especially loves green, leafy veggies.
- Lean beef: Lean beef and beef liver also contain choline.