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Emphasising Antioxidants for a Youthful Brain

posted 8 May 2015, 03:47 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 09:07 ]
By JoAnn Bayus

I turned 39 in August and cannot help but notice the barrage of anti-aging advertisements on television, in magazines, on billboards, and just about everywhere else I look. Although I am not bothered by the idea of getting older, I am bothered by the fact that the vast majority of these advertisements focus on outer appearance, and very few on inner health and wellness. As a result, I wanted to share some valuable advice for staying young and living a vibrant life…take care of your brain!

According to an article published in The Economist, Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and physiological science, believes that “appropriate changes to a person’s diet can enhance his cognitive abilities, protect his brain from damage and counteract the effects of aging.” Similarly, a study that was conducted at Harvard University showed less-rapid cognitive decline in women who consumed more blueberries and strawberries. Both studies suggest consuming antioxidants for a healthy brain.

Antioxidants can easily be added to the diet by consuming a variety of fresh fruit (especially berries), vegetables, legumes, whole grains, turmeric, oregano and green tea. Even dark chocolate contains protective antioxidant but be sure to choose wisely. Look for high quality, organic dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa and limit yourself to an ounce or two a few days a week.

In my opinion, it is wonderful to want to look one’s best at any age. But the bottom line is that an unhealthy brain leads to a poor quality of life. And personally, I would take aging healthfully and happily over wrinkle-free any day.

References:

“Nature Reviews Neuroscience”; Brain foods: the effects of nutrients on brain function; Fernando Gomez-Pinilla; Vol. 9, 568- 578; July 2008

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