The Interconnection Between Good Nutrition and Brain Health
Good nutrition allows to maintain optimal brain health, prevents the decrease of memory and even prevents the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer's
When I ask my patients what they eat to maintain the health of their brain, they are surprised. And although it is true that it is not a subject of much talk, it is scientifically proven that nutrition is not only highly related to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular but also influences to maintain a healthy brain optimal, prevent the decrease of memory and even prevent the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative and multifactorial disorder that causes senile dementia and to which a cure has not yet been found. Patients with this condition lose the connection between neurons or brain cells, affecting their short-term memory capacity with some other complications.
It is estimated that more than 34 million people in the world suffer from it, a number that is increasing. The risks of acquiring it are increased by genetic factors or poor health habits, such as smoking or consuming alcohol, but they are also reduced by good nutrition.
Foods to improve mental capacity
It has been shown that Omega 3 and certain vitamins and essential amino acids are found in lower levels in people with Alzheimer's than in individuals suffering from this condition. The reason is that these nutrients help with the formation of molecules in the cell membrane of the brain and the regeneration of that communication between neurons.
To strengthen the memory, there are diets models rich in zinc, such as the Mediterranean, which is recommended for the prevention of chronic diseases, for containing fish, monosaturated vegetable oil, non-starchy vegetables, fruits and a diet with low glycemic and high level in antioxidants.
Tips to keep your brain alert and healthy:
- Increase consumption of whole grains. The brain uses 20% of the body's energy for mental processes, therefore, it needs glucose that does not come from refined products. Brown rice and organic fruits stimulate your brain
- Berries, Berries and more Berries. All these fruits are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to providing phytonutrients that help improve memory.
- Consume olive oil. A basic part of the Mediterranean diet contains polyphenol, an important antioxidant that helps reduce memory loss.
- The fatty acids that contain Omega 3 are indispensable. You find them in salmon, tuna, avocado and dried fruits.
- Nuts and almonds are full of proteins, fibers, and antioxidants. They also have a high content of folate that helps memory function.
- Red wine contains a molecule called resveratrol with anti-inflammatory effects that decrease the risk of memory loss. Consume a couple of ounces a day.
Eating consciously and responsibly helps maintain a healthy brain and keep remembering for a long time.
If you would like more information, contact Dr. Adamar González at (321) 310-6648, If you are located in Florida, schedule your appointment and learn how to transform your health through good nutrition.
Source: Informes Medicos; PanAmerican Medical Association of Central Florida [http://pamacfl.org/la-interconexion-entre-una-buena-nutricion-y-la-salud-del-cerebro]
Written By: Dr. Adamar Gonzalez.
Doctor in General Medicine; Certified Health and Nutrition Coach
Founder/Creator of the Health and Transformation Program
Health Revolutions MD. (321) 310-6648
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