MTHFR and Diet: Foods to Boost Brain Health

Keeping your brain health in tip-top shape is extremely important. There have been many new cases of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and other cognitive health problems that are creating issues for the many people suffering through cognitive symptoms. Additionally, the brain controls every part of our body, therefore keeping our brain healthy, is one of the most important things we can do. Fortunately, healthy diet and lifestyle choices contribute to a healthier brain.

You can improve brain health and increase memory function simply by making changes to your daily lifestyle and diet choices. Certain nutrients, which can be found in many foods, help boost memory, cognition, mood, focus, and energy levels. Stay tuned to discover some of the best foods for supporting cognitive health and function.

Blueberries

Blueberries are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrition that supports cognitive health. Eating a handful of blueberries can help slow cognitive decline as you age. Blueberries are lower in sugar than most fruits and are a great option when looking for a healthy nutritious snack. Blueberries can even be kept in the freezer and thrown into an organic superfood smoothie.

Blueberry benefits:

  • Protects brain from stress
  • Protects against cognitive decline
  • Supports learning and memory
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Reduces symptoms of depression
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Improves glucose control

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, a healthy fat, is turned into fuel for the body and used as a source of energy for the brain. Additionally, it supports the metabolism and helps maintain healthy weight. Coconut oil can be easily added into the diet by using it when cooking.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice used in many different dishes. It’s typically one of the ingredients you will find in curry powder. It contains an antioxidant known as curcumin which is anti-inflammatory. Click here to read more about reducing inflammation.

Turmeric benefits:

Celery

Celery is an anti-inflammatory super food, with one of it’s benefits being to reduce inflammation within the brain. In addition, it boosts memory and cognitive ability. Celery doesn’t only support cognitive health; it has many other amazing effects on overall health such as being a great source of prebiotic fiber.  Need additional fiber support? Click here.

Many people juice their celery, along with other nutritious fruits and vegetables to make them taste better. You can slip a little celery into a superfood smoothie or enjoy some celery slices with peanut butter and raisins. Or, just eat it by itself for an easy, go to snack.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains Choline, an essential vitamin that supports healthy brain development. Choline supports signal sending within brain cells, improves memory and learning, boosts brain function, improves focus, and reduces your risk of memory decline as you age. Additionally, broccoli is an anti-inflammatory food and supports detoxification. Click here to learn more about detoxing.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are amazing for every part of your body but especially your cognitive health. They help reduce memory loss, cognitive deterioration, and future cognitive impairment. Leafy green vegetables are packed with Folate, an important B vitamin necessary for adequate cognition. Folate is known to reduce homocysteine levels, and high homocysteine can put you at risk for brain aging, memory loss, and dementia.

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Common sources:
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Collards
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli

The foods listed above all provide nutritional content that support healthy cognition. Supplementation can also be helpful when trying to improve brain health. Click here for BiomeIQ’s Mood Plus which can be taken daily to help reduce anxiety and stress and to promote a healthier, more positive mood.

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Have questions regarding what supplements to take and lifestyle changes for MTHFR? Email us: health@mthfrexperts.com. Or click here to schedule a free 15-minute consultation call with our MTHFR Experts. We are happy to answer your questions and to help you get on the right path towards feeling better.

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