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Personal Care Assistant Advice: Best Foods for Optimal Brain Health

Nov 2, 2017 by Leslie Knopp

Aging often leads to a decline in cognitive function and mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Older adults in Traverse City, MI who would like to keep their brain in tip-top shape can do so by consuming certain foods. If you’re senior loved one is committed to improving their brain health, a personal care assistant can encourage them to eat the following foods:

Sardines and Salmon

Sardines, salmon, and other fatty fish are excellent for the brain. A personal care assistant can share with your senior on the importance of fatty fish for optimal brain health and explain that that its omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with a reduced risk of dementia as well as improved focus and memory.

Spinach

Spinach is a green leafy vegetable that is full of antioxidants that have been proven to slow cognitive decline. It can be added to salads, smoothies and sandwiches. Slightly boiling spinach can maximize its health benefits.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is similar to spinach because it is also loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants are called flavonoids and can improve blood flow as well as brain health by reducing blood pressure and regulating cholesterol levels. A personal care assistant can make sure that your senior eats dark chocolate in moderation as overindulging can do more harm than good for their brain.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are ideal for excellent brain health because they are rich in zinc which has been proven to enhance memory and critical thinking skills. In addition, pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium, vitamin B, and tryptophan which is the precursor to serotonin or the chemical that can make seniors feel good.

Nuts

Nuts are full of vitamin E, making them a good snack option for seniors who would like to prevent cognitive decline. With so many varieties of nuts available, older adults are sure to find one or two they like.

Sardines, salmon, spinach, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, and nuts are all foods that can significantly improve a senior’s brain health.

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