Blueberries, chocolate, vegetables, turmeric, whole grains, and nuts: Regularly introducing these foods into a balanced diet is good for all the organs of our body: also for the brain and the mnemonic processes governed by it. This is because healthy eating can also help you remember better. We talked about this topic with Dr. Elisabetta Menna, a researcher at Humanitas and the Institute of Neuroscience of the CNR.
Protecting our brains starting from the kitchen
Some foods have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective properties, which are essential to preserve a good memory and to prevent or slow down the onset of brain diseases. Blueberries, chocolate, vegetables, turmeric, whole grains and nuts, for example, if consumed regularly, can literally protect our brain with substances such as turmeric, fatty acids (omega 3 and 6), vitamins in nuts, flavonols in cocoa and antioxidants of blueberries.
The importance of prevention
“We often talk about the prevention of tumors and cardiovascular diseases while we focus less on the prevention of brain diseases – said the specialist – but it is just as important before we get to a stage of established pathology where clearly you cannot continue without drugs. That’s why experts warn about the importance of lifestyle. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which also includes the listed foods, along with physical activity and continuous training of the mind, in fact, allows protecting the functionality of our brain. The important thing is to start from a young age. “Forgetting a name, not remembering where you put the keys are unforeseen events that can happen to everyone – concluded Menna. However, it is good to pay attention and note these signs, especially if they persist over time talk to your doctor.