The Best Foods to Promote BrainpowerPosted December 22, 2015 by Stacy Bolzenius
Preparing for the OB/GYN CME board requires a considerable amount of time studying, which is why it’s essential to maintain optimal brain function. Women’s health professionals getting ready for the OBGYN board review can boost their cognitive function by including the following foods in their diet. These foods have all been shown to improve brainpower, which can make it easier to study and prepare for the CME boards.
Nuts and Seeds
Walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds (the list goes on) offer abundant amounts of vitamin E. Maintaining higher levels of this vitamin has been found to help lower the risk of cognitive decline. Walnuts have the added benefit of being an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats that help support brain health.
Avocados contain monounsaturated fats, which promote blood flow. This, in turn, supports healthy brain function. Avocados also have high amounts of vitamin E and vitamin C, which have been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s.
Leafy, Dark Green Vegetables
Kale, spinach and other kinds of leafy, dark green vegetables are rich in folate and vitamin E, both of which are associated with improving brain function. While vitamin E helps prevent cognitive decline, folate is believed to help protect nerve cells.
Tuna, salmon and other oily fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy kinds of fats have been linked to improved brain function and a lower risk of cognitive decline. They also play a significant role in maintaining healthy function in the brain’s neurons and reducing inflammation in the brain.
Cauliflower and Broccoli
These vegetables contain a type of vitamin B known as choline, which helps brain development and function. Having higher levels of choline might contribute to reducing the risk of memory problems associated with the aging process.
Blueberries and other types of berries have antioxidants that help protect brain cells from free radicals, which can cause a significant amount of damage and contribute to cognitive decline. Berries have also been associated with improving cognitive skills, such as memory and learning.
Bread, cereals and other foods that contain whole grains might help reduce cognitive impairment, which can lead to Alzheimer’s. When combined with a diet that’s rich in vegetables, nuts and other healthy brain foods, whole grains might also help lower the risk of oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.
Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help guard against free radical damage. This type of chocolate also has caffeine and other stimulants that can improve concentration and act as a mood booster.
With the OBGYN board review coming up soon, make sure you’re well prepared. If you missed out on our live conferences or if you want a refresher, keep in mind that we have online and audio courses available. Visit our website to learn more.