Foods proven to help with cognitive function

It’s something you use every single day, your brain, so keeping it working in optimal order should a be priority.

“A lot of research supports a lot of plant based eating,” says registered dietitian Kayla Cole. 

But you don’t have to go vegan or become a vegetarian. 


“Getting more things from fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, beans, fish, olive oil,” said Cole. 


Recommendations also include, eating broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, and spinach. 


“With fruits a lot of berries and cherries are helpful for the mind,” said Cole. 

Research like this is important for people like Darlene Brown, who’s the food services director at an assisted living facility. 


“Anything that you can do to preserve their memory or make them live a better life is important to these people and to us that take care of them,” said Brown.

So she makes sure to include the following items… 


“We do like a lot of salmon and fish like that, tuna we do a lot of nuts,” said Brown. 


Nathalie Gomez reporting: “There’s a variety of foods that help with cognitive function, it’s almost overwhelming but starting to put one of those in your diet is a way to start.” 

“It’s all about progress not perfection so yeah don’t try to adopt all of these recommendations all at once,” said Cole. 

Cole says about 10% of the population over the age of 65 is affected by alzheimer’s or dementia.. 


“We all know someone whether it’s a friend or relative that deals with that so a lot of this can potentially – they don’t know about research of reversing it’s effects but try to help prevent diseases,” said Cole. 

and remember it’s never to early or late to start.

Cole adds that eating carbohydrates throughout the day rather than all in one sitting has also been proven to help with cognitive functions. Along with- adding more fiber to your diet.

A list of these powerful foods can be found here. 

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