Winter is here and that means that hearty meals. You can also purchase healthy fruits and vegetables from your local produce. Besides fruits and vegetables being low in calories as well as a healthier alternative to eating stuffing and apple pie, Winter harvest foods have a lot of benefits that that can strengthen your brain and prevent cognitive damaging diseases.
Apples are sweet, crunchy, and contain antioxidants found in the apple’s skin more effective than Vitamin C. The antioxidants in apples help protect the brain from any neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. The brain will be protected from any attacks that can damage the lining of fragile neurons that lead to cognitive decline. That is why it is best to eat an apple with the skin on in order to achieve these rewarding effects. Cranberries are also good for you as they contain ursolic acid to help protect the brain cells from degeneration or injury. They help improve memory, balance, and coordination.
Spinach contains protein, folate, magnesium, and Vitamin B and C. Spinach can help reduce stress and fight inflammation. The folate’s job is to break down homocysteine levels that can lead to forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s. Spinach is also high in iron which reduces the risk of cognitive impairment by reducing stress. Squash such as butternut, acorn, and pumpkin has Omega 3 fats, Vitamin A, B, and C, potassium, and magnesium which helps the brain function and lowers anxiety. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in Vitamin A and E as well as zinc, Omega 3, and Omega 6 fatty acids. Zinc can help strengthen memory and brain function.
Eggplants have compound nasunin which protect the brain cells from oxidation. Chlorogenic acid also prevents cancer and lowers cholesterol. Beets contain betaine which is a compound that prevents liver and heart disease as well as nitrate which increases blood flow to the brain and reduces the risk of dementia.
As well as cinnamon being tasty to sprinkle on apple pie, this spice can also be beneficial to the brain as studies showed it prevented swelling caused by strokes or a traumatic brain injury. Even inhaling cinnamon fragrances has been known to improve cognitive performance in adults. Instead of filling your calories with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pies, you should eat more of these foods in order to strengthen your brain power and prevent degenerative diseases from occurring.
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