The foods you eat can help to keep your brain young, energetic and brimming with life! The key is to know which foods are anti aging in nature. To use an example, eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower is beneficial because they are rich in an essential nutrient called choline. Choline is important for both as it plays a role in the healthy functioning of the mind.
As time passes, the amount of choline that is released in the body decreases. In order to replenish it you need to eat as many choline-rich foods as possible. Other examples of foods high in choline include cabbage, eggs, soybeans, peanuts, kidney beans and black beans.
Add Seasoning with Sesame
Living to be 100 is not uncommon in China. One of the reasons this is believed to be the case is because people in that part of the world are well aware of the healing and therapeutic properties of sesame oil. As far as Chinese medicine is concerned, sesame acts to build better blood, works as a tonic for the kidneys and liver and provides a way to regulate and protect the bowels.
Sesame is rich in an antioxidant called phytic acid which helps to lower cholesterol and also reduces the risk of cancer. Another good aspect about sesame oil is that it tastes good and can improve the flavor of whatever food it is added to! To fight aging the natural way, use sesame oil and sesame seeds in recipes as often as possible.
Eat Mushrooms for Longevity
Returning to the Chinese way of life, in Asia mushrooms are considered to be a food of longevity because of the therapeutic side to them. There are as many as 100,000 species of mushrooms in the world and of these, 700 are safe to eat. Mushrooms are well documented for their ability to slow the process of aging. Different varieties of mushrooms contain different aspects that make them worthwhile. The ones that are most instrumental in fighting the signs of aging include maitake, shiitake, wood ear and reishi. Mushrooms contain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, coumarin, polysaccharides and sterols that perform a number of beneficial functions including improving the work of the immune system, regulating blood sugar, lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and protecting the body from a selection of cancers and viruses.
Think Green with Green Tea
Green tea is full of polyphenols which are antioxidants that help to prevent and/or slow the premature aging of the brain. Researchers have also discovered that there is an enzyme in green tea that helps to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In order to maximize the benefits to your brain, it is recommended that you drink at least two cups a day.
Buy Organic and Local
It is smart and to your benefit to buy foods that is fresh and organic from your local farmers in your community. Farm-fresh produce and meats are more natural and fresh and are less likely to lose any of their nutrients when they go straight from the farm to your kitchen table. On the other hand, foods that you buy from your grocery store are likely to be filled with nitrogen and artificial preservatives. It is important to note that foods that have had pesticides and artificial fertilizers sprayed on them tend to have a lower nutritional value attached to them than do organically grown foods.