Today, let’s talk about the best anti-aging foods for the brain, so you can keep your brain young and healthy. Here’s what you should know:
• Magnesium – magnesium helps restore synapses and increases their density. This improves memory, cognitive functioning, learning, and sleep.
• Iron – too much iron can cause harm to your brain. If you have high iron, lay off of any supplements and foods you may be consuming that have high iron content.
• Zinc – you need plenty of zinc to help prevent amyloid plaque. Amyloid plaque is what causes dementia.
• Cell phones – EMFs, which cellphones emit, are not good for your brain. Don’t hold your phone up to your head (use speakerphone) and don’t use Bluetooth headsets. Niacin (50 mg/day) can also help counter EMF radiation.
• Vegetable oil – corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, and soy oil promote oxidation in the brain. Stay away from these. Use olive oil instead.
• B1 deficiency – if you are deficient in vitamin B1, this can cause a condition called Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Symptoms include memory problems, apathy, vision issues, and problems with gait. Carbs, glucose, and high-fructose corn syrup burn up vitamin B1.
• Low Selenium – Low levels of selenium can cause high mercury, which leads to damage by oxidizing the brain.
Here are 5 things you should get more of:
1. Shellfish DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid, makes up the majority of the brain. To supply your brain with plenty of DHA, you need to have plenty of shellfish and other fish like salmon. Shellfish are also a great source of zinc, copper, iodine, and selenium.
2. Sun Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for brain health. It helps reduce inflammation in the brain and improve sleep.
3. Greens Dark leafy green vegetables contain nutrients that are vital to cognitive health like folate, magnesium, and potassium.
4. Keto + IF Ketones are the brains preferred source of energy. If the body has ketones available, it will always take ketones first. A ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting will put your body in the state of ketosis and help supply your brain with energy. MCT oil is a great way to help increase your ketones.
5. Exercise Hypoxia is a situation where you have low oxygen in certain parts of your brain. This can come from many things, including head trauma, strokes, and sleep apnea. You can help increase the oxygen to your brain by doing aerobic exercises like walking, riding your bicycle, or jogging every day. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may also have some incredible benefits.
Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio: Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing.
He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.