We may be able to reduce the signs of aging in our bodies through staying fit and taking care of our skin, but how can we prevent our brains from showing those signs? Research has shown that an age-related decrease in brain function is something that can be reduced. Your brain, like your heart, needs a certain mix of nutrients for optimal functioning, including proteins, sugars, and healthy fats. While regular social interaction and physical and mental activity are also very important for maintaining good brain function, we may be able to increase the chances of keeping our brains healthy and fit by adding some brain-boosting foods to our diet.
Antioxidants help your body fight off infection and may reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease. They also can reduce the damage that free radicals can cause to the sensitive tissues of the brain, and promote healthy blood flow to the brain. A recent study showed that seniors who ate more antioxidant-rich foods such as cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens retained a slightly younger mental age than others who did not eat many such vegetables.