People who eat these four vegetables: Kale, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, are on average 11 years younger mentally than people who don’t according to soon-to-be presented research from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). This is food for brain health. The study examined the nutrients in these vegetables that are responsible for preventing mental decline, and for the first time, linked vitamin K to better brain health.
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Drinking alkaline water has also been shown to potentially protect brain cells. Most importantly, the reason alkaline water may protect brain cells has been discovered. Your brain produces large amounts of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) as a byproduct of glucose metabolism. When they reach excessive levels ROS’ will cause oxidation in the brain. That oxidation has been identified as a factor in the cognitive decline that leads to Alzheimer's and Dementia. In lab studies, researcher showed that alkaline water neutralizes damaging ROS chemicals. Just like the study on green foods, more research is needed to confirm alkaline water benefits the brain.
The advantage that alkaline water has for brain health is that water passes right through the blood-brain barrier. Your brain protects itself from toxins using the blood brain barrier, it acts like a filter, it blocks most harmful substances, but some do get through. For example, the reason alcohol gets you drunk is because it is one of the substances that passes through the barrier. The blood-brain barrier is also believed to be the reason supplements don’t show any benefit for brain health, it probably blocks them, while allowing the nutrients from food to pass through.
Healthy diet is definitely an important part of brain health, but there is more you should be doing. To keep it sharp, you need to use your brain. Learn something new, or master subjects you already know something about. Research has shown that an active brain is more likely to be a healthy brain. The same goes for exercise, it also has a link to better brain health. Most likely, the reason exercise is good for your brain is that it helps you sleep better at night.
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