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5 Brain-Boosting Foods

The Cabana at Jensen Dunes

Assisted Living and Memory Support

By Chef Kevin Morrow, Director of Dining Services

Popeye had his spinach, and Bugs Bunny had his carrots – and seniors should have a variety of brain-boosting fare to keep the mind in good shape.

Here are five vitamin-rich foods proven to aid cognition:

  • Blueberries. These small, sweet berries pack a powerful punch when it comes to antioxidants. And studies show that “berry fruits can prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases and improve motor and cognitive functions.”
  • Fatty fish. Don’t let the name term turn you off. We’re talking about types of fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon and trout. Roughly 60% of your brain is made of fat, and about half of that fat is of the omega-3 variety. When buying your fish, try to go for wild-caught over farm-raised, if available.
  • Eggs. They are easy to prepare, versatile and provide several nutrients including choline, that are linked to improved mental function. One study found that choline is “essential for neurodevelopment and brain function.”
  • Walnuts. High in Vitamin E (one of the best Alzheimer’s-fighting vitamins), a few walnuts a day can go a long way. Add a handful in your morning oatmeal, or simply enjoy as a snack and let the antioxidants work their magic.
  • Dark chocolate. Yes, chocolate! Not only is dark chocolate a proven mood booster, but its flavonoid content is shown to help enhance memory. Keep in mind that chocolate can also contain high amounts of sugar – so go for a sugar-free variety, if available.

Providing healthy, delicious meals for our residents is a top priority for us at The Cabana. To learn more about our dining offerings, give us a call at 772-332-1000 or contact us online.