A common struggle those entering the later stages of their life face is the issue of memory loss. Cognitive decline leads to forgetfulness in older adults, with 1 in 9 adults aged 45 and above reporting confusion or memory loss hindering their everyday life.
One way to combat memory loss and improve your quality of life in your golden years is to eat more brain foods. Let’s learn about the various vegetables to boost memory.
There are countless types of beans out there, and thankfully, most of them provide nutrients such as complex carbohydrates and fatty acids that the brain needs. When you’re this spoiled for choice, healthy diets are never boring!
Kidney beans and chickpeas can be easily added to your snack times, by adding them to a trail mix. If you’re feeling thirsty, you could also go for soybean milk for a lovely pick-me-up that strengthens your memory.
Broccoli is a popular choice for healthy eaters worldwide. Not only is it filled with antioxidants that protect your cells against damage, but it’s also packed to the brim with vitamins B, C, and K. All of them actively combat impairment, keeping your brain healthy and running smoothly.
Incorporating broccoli into your diet is simple with the variety of recipes available. Broccoli can be a part of your soups, salads, or even a side dish on its own such as a broccoli stir-fry.
Cabbage is another powerful brain food also containing vitamin K and antioxidants that protect your memory. It’s also rumored to lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While there are a couple of cabbage types, the one that promotes memory health the most is the purple variety.
Cabbage recipes go beyond just coleslaw. Try putting an Asian spin on your cabbage dish by making cabbage rolls and wraps, or having some delicious Kimchi as a side dish.
Beets, while less well-known than their other vegetable counterparts as brain food, are equally as important towards memory preservation. Beets increase blood flow to the brain in the elderly, which means they fight the development of dementia in the brain. Since memory loss is a common symptom of patients with dementia, do try to incorporate beets into your diet as well.
Beets are as delicious as they are effective. Why not have a steaming bowl of borsch for your next meal, before washing it down with a nice glass of beet juice?
Cauliflower is another brain food that is loaded with brain-protecting vitamins such as vitamin K, keeping your brain sharp and active.
Cauliflower can be a great replacement ingredient to swap into your favorite meals, such as mashed cauliflowers instead of potatoes. For those who prefer a vegan diet, you may already be familiar with cauliflower steaks, a great alternative to an unhealthy dish.
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