Dark berries: This means blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, acai berries, etc. These guys get their dark skin from a class of phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants. Remember, antioxidants are molecules found in foods that inhibit cell damage. As we age, our cells inevitably become damaged by means of normal metabolic activity. Think about it like this – when you buy a new computer, it works smoothly at high speed. As you download more programs, leave windows open, and perhaps spill the occasional beverage on your keyboard (guilty), it slows down and becomes less efficient. Well, the same goes for your brain. Not to mention, your brain is particularly susceptible to oxidative injury thanks to its demanding metabolic rate. This is why it is important to get those antioxidant foods into your diet, to combat cell damage and protect your neurons.
Nuts: Walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews… You get the picture. We’re going to reiterate the antioxidant concept discussed above for a moment. Nuts are a major source of vitamin E, also a potent antioxidant that, according to research, presents promising outcomes for both prevention and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. When we’re young, we think we’re invincible and nothing bad can happen to us. We’re telling you to eat smart because worldwide, more than 26 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and if actions aren’t taken to prevent or delay its onset, the number of people affected by it is anticipated to double over the next 40 years. Try making a doggy bag of homemade trail mix to bring to work with you and, if you want to go nuts, throw in some dark chocolate for an added boost of antioxidants.