The study conducted by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) 93 percent of Americans are concerned with their brain health, but very few really know how can improve it. Opposing to popular belief that the brain weakens while aging, your brain function, and cognitive performance can improve by taking some specific steps.
Some simple changes may prompt brain health for the better, even if you are already in your “golden years.”
Recent research showed that canola oil consumption triggers your brain and may have very negative effects on your memory and learning ability. It is also confirmed by the study, published in the journal Nature, which also found that the consumption of canola oil increased weight gain.
According to the results of the experiments on an animal model canola oil is actually one of the worst oils for your health. The mice involved in this experiment who had eaten canola oil demonstrated significant declines in working memory and gained the weight.
Canola oil is often used in homes and restaurants for baking, sautéing, frying and other forms of cooking.
Your Brain Needs Healthy Fats
The brain is structured in nearly 60 percent of healthy fats, which allow it to function optimally. The brain is a small part of your complete bodyweight, but it uses 20 percent of your metabolic energy.
In order to maintain optimal brain function, along with antioxidants, you need high-quality, undamaged omega-3s and omega-6 to protect them from oxidation.
According to the experts processed vegetable oils are worse option for your brain health for a number of reasons, such as:
– They are loaded with damaged omega-6 fatty acids
– They strip your liver of glutathione, which produces antioxidant enzymes,
– Most vegetable oils are made with genetically engineered (GE) crops. They may be more contaminated with glyphosate than non-GE crops, and glyphosate has been shown to disrupt the tight junctions in your gut. Additionally, they increase penetration of foreign invaders (heated proteins), which can cause allergies
Toxicity of Canola Oil May Result From the Seed, Source or Processing
Watch these short videos to see the conditions under which canola oil is manufactured and produced:
All vegetable oils don’t tolerate high heat and cooking with them can be problematic. You can use healthier options for cooking, such as pastured, virgin coconut oil, organic butter, ghee (clarified butter) and lard.
Olive oil and sesame oil have very low smoke points and should be used unheated in salad dressings or drizzled over meats or vegetables for flavor.
Boosting Brain Health Naturally
Supporting your neurological health is very important, which can be made by even small changes you make each day. You should seek to change your habits consistently and persistently in order to support your memory and cognitive function.
Here are several strategies you may use to improve your brain health:
The deficiency of vitamin D worsens the condition of the Alzheimer’s patients. Optimal vitamin D levels may protect brain cells as it increases the effectiveness of the glial cells in restoring damaged neurons. Vitamin D also has anti-inflammatory properties.
The carotenoids are found most often in orange colored vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots. However, some of the carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) are found in dark green vegetables, such as kale and spinach, as well as egg yolks. They are best known for the role they play in vision health and enhance the neural efficiency.
The probiotics are important for your gut health but they play in your cognitive health, too. You can use beneficial bacterial strains found in fermented foods, as they have a positive effect on your brain function.
Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria via yogurt experienced changes in multiple areas of their brain.
Biochemical changes, which are the result of physical activity strengthen and renew your body but also your brain, especially the areas associated with memory and learning.
By proper diet, you can reduce overall calorie and carbohydrate consumption, while increasing healthy fats can enhance your brain health. You can opt for organic virgin olive oil, olives, coconut oil, organic grass fed raw butter, free-range eggs, nuts (pecans and macadamia), wild avocado and Alaskan salmon.
You should balance your omega-3-to-omega-6 ratio, which is beneficial for your brain.
Sleeping is regenerating your physical body and is an imperative for being able to see new creative solutions to old problems and reaching new mental insights. Sleep helps “reset” your brain to look at problems from a different perspective.
Sleep is also known to enhance your memories and improve your performance of challenging skills. Actually, sleeping only four to six hours can impact your ability to think clearly the next day.
1 AARP, January 20, 2015
2 Brain Aging: Models, Methods, and Mechanisms
3 Nature, 2017;7(17134)
4 Los Angeles Times, December 11, 2017
5 Prevent Disease, December 12, 2017