The food you eat can affect your brain health. We look at the top foods that boost memory and brain power. Some old wives tales hold up better than others. There’s now proof chicken soup has antihistamine properties that work against colds. And carrots contain beta-carotene, which is good for your vision. But is it true that eating fish is good for your brain?
Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, mackerel, sardines and bluefin tuna, protect against inflammation and are good for the brain. Fish is also a good source of protein instead of red meat, which is laced with the kind of fat that gets you into trouble in the long run in terms of stroke and brain maintenance. Research has shown that virtually any disease process will involve an “oxidating reaction” that causes cell damage.
In the last two years, research has indicated that high levels of insulin released by your body in response to high glycemic foods can eventually contribute to the presence of Alzheimer’s plaques in the brain. Additionally, eating habits which increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes — including the consumption of high glycemic foods — also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Red wine has been touted as being good for the heart and circulation in general, and more recently, there has been proof that one component of red wine may prevent the development of Alzheimer’s.