We’ll worry about aging bodies another day. Today, we pass along, from Science Daily, a list eight nutrients that experts at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) believe will protect an aging from, well, aging.
1. Cocoa Flavanols: Cocoa flavanols, yes they’re found in cocoa, have long been know to improve circulation and heart health, and preliminary research shows a possible connection to memory improvement as well. Where to find them? Chocolate, and especially cocoa powder.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A study on mice found that 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). Where to find them? Salmon, flaxseed oil, and chia seeds.
3. 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. Where to find it? Soy lecithin.
4. Walnuts: Researchers believe walnuts may reduce the risk, delaying the onset, or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease — in mice. Where to find them? You know the answer to that one.
5. Citicoline: Citicoline is a natural substance found in the body’s cells that helps in the development of brain tissue. It is believed to regulate memory and cognitive function, enhance communication between neurons, and protect neural structures from free radical damage. Where to find it? Citicoline is sold as a supplement under a variety of brand names: Ceraxon, Cognizin, NeurAxon, Somazina, Synapsine,
6. Choline: Choline helps with the communication systems for cells within the brain and the rest of the body, and it may support the brain during aging and help prevent changes in brain chemistry that result in cognitive decline and failure. Where to find it? Eggs.
7. Magnesium: Magnesium supplements are recommended for people who have had a concussion. Where to find it? Avocado, soy beans, bananas and dark chocolate.
8. Blueberries: Blueberries have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers, mainly because of their high concentration of anthocyanins, a flavonoid that could also offer neurocognitive benefits such as increased neural signaling in the brain centers. Where to find them? That’s an easy one.