Experts have found that although you can’t stop the natural aging process of your brain, you can adjust your lifestyle to help slow the process down. These changes would include things like getting good quality sleep, engaging in regular movement, and eating healthy food.
We talked with Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, author of The First Time Mom’s Pregnancy Cookbook and Fueling Male Fertility, and a member of our medical expert board, about the eating habits that may actually be aging your brain faster without you even realizing it. Here’s what to avoid for better brain health, and for more healthy aging tips, make sure to check out Health Habits That Age You Faster.
Manaker says that when it comes to caring for your brain health, making sure that you’re eating enough natural fruit every day is imperative.
“Fruits like blueberries contain compounds that help support brain health,” says Manaker. “In fact, data shows that when a diet was supplemented with blueberries daily for 90 days, people showed fewer errors in tests used to assess verbal memory and task switching vs. those who didn’t include a daily dose of these berries.”
Fish is another key food for a healthy brain, so Manaker suggests incorporating it on a daily basis.
“Experts recommend that most adults eat around 8 ounces of fish per week,” she says. “A meta-analysis found that eating fish regularly was linked to a 20% reduced risk for Alzheimer’s type dementia.”