The Super Brain Foods That Don’t Cause Weight Gain
Every year you add a number to your age when you blow out the candles on the cake and sing happy bday! As you age, your body also ages along with you. You can’t deny this fact. But there is some good news! Research says that you can increase the chances of maintaining brain health even in old age by adding certain smart foods to your daily diet. And you need not worry about weight gain as the foods mentioned here are weight loss foods too!
Steven Pratt, MD, who is the author of the book Superfoods Rx: Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, has termed blueberries as ‘brainberries’. As per research these tasty berries help in protecting the brain from oxidative stress and may also help in reducing age related problems like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Though the study has been done on rats it is promising. It has shown that blueberries improve the learning capacity and motor skills of the aging rats such that they are mentally at par with younger rats. It is recommended that you eat 1 cup of blueberries a day either fresh or frozen.
At the same time, blueberries are a good weight loss food to. You can read more about them here!
Salmon, a deep water fish is a rich source of essential omega 3 fatty acids that are essential for brain function. Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory compounds. Other oily fish rich in omega 3s are sardines and herring. Those who eat fish should have a 4 ounce or 100 g serving twice or thrice a week.
Fish is a part of a low carb diet that is meant for weight loss. So, you won’t pile on kilos if you happen to eat fish!
Nuts and seeds
Higher levels of vitamin E are related to less cognitive decline as you age. Nuts an seeds being a good source of vitamin E should be included in one’s diet. You should have a wide variety of nuts and seeds like walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, nut butters like almond butter and peanut butter. You can have it roasted or raw. Opt for the unsalted variety if your doctor has asked you to restrict your sodium intake. Even on a weight loss diet, they make a very good snack!!
In promoting brain health, avocados are as good as blueberries. Yes, avocados are a fatty fruit but the fat they contain is monounsaturated fat that contributes to a healthy flow of blood. A healthy flow of blood directly means a healthy brain. These avocados also have the ability to lower blood pressure and a lower BP promotes brain health. Hypertension is one risk factor for decline in cognitive abilities. One has to control portion though as avocados are high in calories.
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Time and again we are reminded on the health benefits whole grains have to offer. Oat meal, brown rice, whole grain breads can reduce the chances of heart disease. According to Dr. Pratt, each organ in the body depends on blood flow. By promoting cardiovascular health, you are promoting good blood flow to the organs that also includes the brain. In the list even wheat germ is included. Though it is not a whole grain it has fibre, vitamin E and omega-3 s, all that are needed for a healthy brain! So, you should be including whole grains and wheat germ in your diet each day!
Want keep your brain young? Do try eating the super brain foods that don’t cause weight gain!
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