Remember the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz? Here was a fellow whose cognitive function wasn’t quite where it needed to be. He joined Dorothy on her journey to visit the wizard in hopes that something magical could be done to get his brain function back.
Unfortunately, even in this day and age, when cognitive function begins to decline, you almost have to hope for something magical to occur. There's absolutely nothing in the pharmaceutical arena that can reverse the situation when the brain begins to fail.
That said, there are a lot of things that aren’t going to be written on a prescription pad but that are validated by scientific research that you should consider from both the perspective of maintaining and preserving brain function and helping restore memory and other parameters of brain activity.
We are all at risk for brain degeneration. Statistics show that if you live to age 85 or older, your risk for Alzheimer’s, for example, is 50%. So clearly it makes sense to do everything you possibly can to nurture a healthy brain.
Your food choices may be the most influential variable you can control that relates to the health, vitality, and functionality of your precious brain.
A terrific natural source of the omega-3 oil DHA. DHA plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health of brain cells and actually helps to stimulate the growth of brain cells in the brain’s memory center.
Power-packed with brain-protective antioxidants. Blueberries also help to reduce inflammation, a cornerstone of virtually all brain degenerative disorders.
Acts to turn on the parts of our DNA that help reduce inflammation. The important role of turmeric in brain health has been described in the Vedic texts dating back more than 3,000 years.
Rich in choline, the precursor chemical for acetylcholine, one of the most fundamental neurotransmitters. In addition, eggs contain cholesterol, an important component of brain cell membranes as well as serving as a brain-protective antioxidant.
7. Dandelion greens
Rich in prebiotic fiber, the specific type of fiber that helps nurture the growth of brain supportive gut bacteria.
Rich in a variety of nutrients to support brain health including vitamin E, omega-3 fats, copper, manganese, and fiber for brain supportive gut bacteria.
I had to put it on the list. Call it a “food for the soul” if you wish. Aerobic exercise turns on the genes that make BDNF (a growth and protective hormone) that targets brain cells.