Boosting Brain Health With Antioxidants
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.
Dark-colored fruits and vegetables such as kale, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and beets are good sources of antioxidants. Experts especially recommend blueberries for their ability to help the brain fight off oxidative stress as it ages. Seafood such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut, and oysters contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats and zinc. To get the most benefit from these foods, you should either eat them raw or steam them lightly.
Your body’s most powerful antioxidant is glutathione, but levels tend to drop as you age. To help curb this loss and to support healthy brain function make a health and wellness change with a quality supplement such as our Original Glutathione Formula™ (OGF) which can help eliminate free radicals as soon as they are formed, and provide your brain with nutrients it can use to stay healthier longer.