Erika’s Post – Can You Feed Your Brain?
Is there a link between food and cognitive health?
Researchers are investigating if inflammation causes damage to the brain. Another area of interest is the biochemical, endocrine, and neurological signaling between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain.
The following foods show some promise to benefit cognitive health:
- Walnuts – contain vitamin E, polyphenols, and omega-3 fatty acid. Research has linked walnut consumption with lower depression scores, suggesting walnuts may play a role in mental health.
- Fish and seafood – high in omega-3 fatty acid. High fish intake has been associated with lower risk of depression and reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Blueberries – contain anthocyanins with anti-inflammatory properties. Study participants consuming blueberry concentrate had increased brain activity in areas associated with cognition.