The Eight Nutrients that Protect the Aging Brain

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The Institute of Food Technologists published an article in their March 2015 issue listing the 8 nutrients that may help keep your brain healthy. 

These eight nutrients include:

  • Blueberries:  Moderate blueberry consumption could offer neurocognitive benefits such as increased neural signaling in the brain centers
  • Choline: Choline helps with the communication systems for cells within the brain and the rest of the body. Choline may also support the brain during aging and help prevent changes in brain chemistry that result in cognitive decline and failure.
  • Citicoline: Citicoline is a natural substance found in the body’s cells and helps in the development of brain tissue, which helps regulate memory and cognitive function, enhances communication between neurons, and protects neural structures from free radical damage. 
  • Cocoa Flavanols: Cocoa flavanols have been linked to improved circulation and heart health, and preliminary research shows a possible connection to memory improvement as well (Brickman, 2014).
  • Magnesium: Magnesium-L-Threonate is especially beneficial to the brain since it has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier better than any other form of magnesium.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids:   Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation appeared to result in better object recognition memory, spatial and localizatory memory (memories that can be consciously recalled such as facts and knowledge), and adverse response retention (Cutuli, 2014).
  • Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidic Acid: Two pilot studies showed that a combination of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid can help benefit memory, mood, and cognitive function in the elderly (Lonza, 2014). 
  • Walnuts: A diet supplemented with walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, or slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in mice (Muthaiyah, 2014).

Reference:

8 Nutrients to Protect the Aging Brain


Resources:

Citicoline

Cocao or Cacao (Raw Powder)

Magnesium L-Threonate

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Choline as Phosphatidylcholine

Phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine-Phosphatidic Acid Complex


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