The loss of mental sharpness is a major concern for most older adults. In addition to tools and activities that seniors can apply to boost brainpower, there are also certain foods that contribute to a healthy brain. The in home care experts at Cypress have compiled the top 10.
- Whole Grains
The brain, like all organs, needs a steady supply of energy to function properly. Low-glycemic index foods like whole grains release glucose slowly in the blood stream, keeping you mentally alert all day long. Wheat bran, quinoa, and brown rice are excellent options for seniors in home care.
2. Oily fish
Herring, salmon, sardines, and mackerel are examples of oily fish. These have essential fatty acids (EFAs) that assist in healthy brain function and may help curb memory loss and Alzheimer’s. EFAs are also found in pumpkin seeds, walnut oil, soy beens and flaxseed oil.
Studies show that blueberries help improve or delay short term memory loss.
Growing evidence shows that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, protects against the free radical cellular damage that is linked to Alzheimer’s and other dementia.
High homosysteine levels in the blood are associated with increased risk of stroke, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s. B6, B12 and folic acid lower homocysteine levels and reduce brain shrinkage.
6. Black Currants
These are one of the best sources of mental-sharpening vitamin C.
7. Pumpkin seeds
A small handful provides seniors in home care with their daily requirement zinc, a powerful memory-enhancer.
Contains vitamin K, which improves cognitive function and enhances brainpower.
While its link to brain function has focused on sage oil, adding fresh sage to your diet may also have benefits.
A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests vitamin E may prevent cognitive decline in older adults. Nuts are an excellent source, as are leafy greens, olives, eggs, seeds, and whole grains.
The certified Phoenix caregivers at Cypress Homecare can help your senior loved one prepare healthy meals that meet your specific needs. It’s one part of our wide variety of thoughtful, empowering homecare solutions that ensure your family member maintains their health, integrity, and sense of independence. To speak with a Phoenix caregiver about our affordable home care solutions, call 602-264-8009 or Contact Us Online.