Post on: May 15, 2017.

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Neuroinflammaging. 

It’s a word…really, I didn’t make it up.

What is neuroinflammaging? It is the slow breakdown of your brain…and, it is happening every day! You can thank low grade inflammation for this. Slowly, a little bit of inflammation in your brain is destroying proteins, DNA and neurons. The result is slow decline in memory, cognition and motor function. For some, the loss of neurological health can spiral into a pathological condition (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease). Uh, oh! Let’s keep our brains healthy as we age. Here’s are 3 foods packed with nutrients proven by science to keep your brain sharp, witty and amazing as you grow old.

How Can You Keep Your Brain Young?

Luckily, researchers around the world have been curious about the brain and how it ages for some time now. There are studies on populations, rats and humans. What have they found? There are three foods worth eating if you’d like to help your brain stay young.

Blueberries

When we look at populations who eat blueberries they have healthier brains. A new study of older adults found eating the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries a day for 90 days improved their cognitive abilities (Eur J Nutr). Inside blueberries are many potent nutrients. The main antioxidant in blueberries is pterostilbene. This potent antioxidant is very easily absorbed by the body (80% compared to 20% of reserveratrol found in red wine). [Anyone notice a nutrient in red wine gets into our brain – yippee, looks like a little red wine can be added to our anti-aging diet] Since pterostilbene is lipophilic (likes to hang out with fats) it reaches the brain in high concentrations. Laboratory studies have uncovered that pterostilbene is a potent antioxidant in the brain, helps prevent inflammation and may even stop amyloid beta-peptide plaques from recking havoc in the brain (associated with Alzheimer’s disease progression).

Rice Bran Oil

One of the best sources of ferulic acid, rice bran oil is one food you may want to consider adding to
brain-saving diet. Ferulic acid is a nutrient found in plant cell walls. You probably already ate some of it today since it is found in small amounts in carrots, pineapple, tomatoes and sweet corn too. Studies have found ferulic acid is a potent antioxidant, it promotes the creation of other antioxidants and inhibits (stops) messengers that promote inflammation. Plus, new research suggests it fights the plaque thought to be involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

Green Tea

An awesome source of the potent antioxidant ECGC, green tea a delicious, wise choice for your brain. Plus, scientists are excited about green tea’s potential to protect dopamine producing cells in the brain – these are dysfunctional in Parkinson’s disease.

 

Aging doesn’t have to bite! Enjoy growing old – read how in my latest book, Aging Bites (2017). Available for sale here.

 

References:

Front Pharmacol. 2016; 7: 364.

Eur J Nutr. 2017 Mar 10.

Nutrients. 2015 Jul; 7(7): 5764–5782.