Essential Nutrients for Healthy Brains
A recent study published in the journal Neurology indicated that seniors who include more essential nutrients in their diets were less likely to have brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer's disease and scored better on tests of mental performance. Essential nutrients include omega-3 fatty acids, B and D vitamins, and antioxidants C and E. Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D are found in fish, plant, and nut oils. Vitamins B, C, and E are found in fruits and primarily vegetables. The essential nutrient B12 comes from animal products. Talk with your doctor about including more of these nutrients in your diet. To increase your intake, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish.