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Over the years, a number of ingredients have earned the "brain food" title. According to The Huffington Post, although eating a balanced diet is perennially recommended for better health, people may particularly benefit from consuming certain foods that have been scientifically proven to promote cognitive function and memory.
Medical experts agree that eating a balanced diet can promote health and physical well-being. According to the Mayo Clinic, some foods may also boost cognitive ability and slow mental decline by helping individuals maintain appropriate levels of cholesterol and blood sugar. Focusing daily meals around whole grains, fruits, vegetables and foods that contain healthy fat can promote these efforts. Here are a few ideas for people in independent living who want to incorporate a few of these items into their regular diet:
Fall is a great time of year, not only for the beautiful foliage, but also for some of the great foods that are in season this time of year. Most of us like to take advantage of eating as many pumpkin flavored things as we can, and we have a recipe that not only fulfills the craving, but is also great for the brain.
Many people know about the benefits of ginseng, but unfortunately it's a bitter pill to swallow - literally. Ginseng is known for its pungent taste, but researchers are hoping adding it to a low lactose milk could help seniors get the nutrient's cognitive benefits without the bad aftertaste.
You may remember them from the infectious commercials for comical house plants, but chia seeds serve a purpose beyond entertainment. These little tiny seeds actually pack a nutritional punch, and are a great addition to a healthy diet for older adults.
Researchers are currently conducting a study on human test subjects to determine if resveratrol, a compound found in peanuts, chocolate and red grapes, could be used to fight Alzheimer's disease. The study is being led by Dr. R. Scott Turner of Georgetown University Medical Center in order to determine the compound's affect on memory loss.
We all know there are numerous health benefits to be gained from incorporating more omega-3 fatty acids into one's diet, but now new research is suggesting that it could lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
At Sunrise Senior Living we put a strong emphasis on nourishing the whole person – mind, body and spirit –focusing on making every day the very best for our residents. One of the most important aspects of the Sunrise Signature Experience is the pleasure of dining, and our program works to give our residents the meals they love, as well as foods that are particularly beneficial to them.