Your brain is always working; taking care of your thoughts, heartbeat, breathing, movement and more. It needs a constant fuel supply—a source of energy—from foods you eat. Using “premium” fuel—good foods that contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants—may help protect the brain against inflammation and damage from free radicals produced when the body uses oxygen. 5
People with nutritious diets have been found to lower their risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
You may already know the Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet may lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure (hypertension). A recent study shows that it also lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent in participants who carefully followed the diet, and by about 35 percent in those who followed it moderately.6
The MIND diet includes brain-healthy foods, such as:
What to avoid? Red meat, butter and stick margarine, cheese, sweets, and fried or fast foods.
Just like eating right can help your brain stay healthy, so can giving it a workout. Keep your brain active and challenged. Read books and magazines. Work on crosswords or other puzzles. Play card games that make you think strategically. Staying mentally active can help keep your brain healthy and may protect your brain from developing dementia.
Try these brainteasers! To figure out what the words are saying, you’ll have to think in creative ways.*
Find more (link opens in new window) free brain games
1. Mind over matter
2. Long time, no see
3. Lazy afternoon
4. A river