8 Common Foods That Can Improve Your Brain Health
If you want to have a healthier brain, try to eat leafy greens. They contain a lot of nutrients, such as vitamin K, folate and beta carotene. A study published in Neurology in January 2018 found that leafy greens can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline, especially if you eat at least a portion of leafy green vegetables every day.
For instance, spinach, kale or dandelion greens contain omega-3, vitamin E and flavonoids which can improve the health of your brain. So, adding leafy greens to your diet can actually help your brain in the long run.
“You are indeed what you eat in many ways,” says James Galvin, MD, MPH, professor of integrated medical sciences and associate dean for clinical research at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. “Of course, it’s hard to predict how a single individual will do. There are vegan marathon-running astrophysicists who develop Alzheimer’s disease and Twinkie-eating couch potatoes who don’t. But if you follow a diet that’s high in leafy green vegetables, like the MIND or the Mediterranean diet, it’s a no-lose situation. It may very well have great [health] value for you, and it certainly isn’t going to hurt.”