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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Brain Ageing: How to Counter the Negative Effects of Ageing through Proper Diet

The effects of inflammation can be debilitating many at times; it is rather a phenomenon that can affect any part of the body. Basically inflammation is a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; it is usually characterised by pain and swelling and redness and heat. Depending on the reason for the onset of such reactions, an inflammatory condition is not one that should be allowed to persist unabated. Inflammation on the part of the brain can signal danger and if allowed to continue for a long time, is a sure way to incurring a damaging effect on this very important organ of the body.

Feed your brain rightly

Sometimes inflammation occurs in the body without you knowing it; ageing is a natural phenomenon and normally has it effect on the brain: wear and tear takes its toll with signs of deterioration, but the good news is that with the right form of nutrition and ‘brain exercise’ brain cells can actually be renewed and the negative effects of ageing slowed down.

Most especially eating foods that nourish the brain can really protect your brain from the damaging effects that come with ageing. Nature is replete with rich sources of nourishment that you can consume to keep your brain in top gear no matter your age; Omega-3 fatty acids are some of the available and most efficacious remedies for brain ageing according to health expert - Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Longevity Centre.

He says “Omega-3 fatty acids help combat inflammation and one food that is rich in them is walnuts. Blueberries are also helpful because they are rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. Also, their sweet taste can help people cut down on refined sugar” he concludes. Obviously, without being told you can deduce from the expert’s statement that one thing you may need to cut down on is your consumption of refined sugar in order to save your brain from deterioration.

Brain super foods

In addition, the following are very important food nutrients you need to be very friendly with so that your brain can remain top notch even as you age ‘gracefully’. Omega-3 fatty acids are plentiful in fish (oil) especially salmon, tuna, flax seed oil, and chia seeds, and nuts, etc. It is very good for the heart and also for your brain (function).

Choline is a food substance commonly found in eggs; it helps brain function during the process of ageing. This food element is very helpful for preventing changes in your brain chemistry. But as an adult experts have also warned that you ensure to consume eggs very moderately because of its high cholesterol levels.

The importance of this food content is exemplified in the fact it is usually recommended for people who suffer from concussions. Magnesium is a very important essential mineral and is highly present in foods such as avocado pear, dark chocolates, banana, and soybeans.

Dark chocolates are particularly rich in Cocoa flavanols; they have been linked with improved circulation, good heart condition, as well as a healthy memory even in old age.

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