June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month — the perfect time to bring attention to the ways that we can feed our bodies and our brains with good-for-you, healthy farm-fresh foods. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks." While this disease typically impacts those over the age of 65, one of the ways you can hope to prevent memory loss, and possibly other diseases caused by aging, is to aim to age healthily overall. The Alzheimer's Association describes it best, "One promising line of research suggests that strategies for overall healthy aging may help keep the brain healthy and may even reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias. These measures include eating a healthy diet, staying socially active, avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol, and exercising both the body and mind."
To keep your body and mind healthy, try incorporating more of these farm-fresh foods.
Thanks to their high levels of boron, apples can help improve your memory, mental alertness, and electrical activity of the brain.
Several lines of evidence suggest that walnuts may reduce the risk of age-related diseases because of the additive or synergistic effects of its components with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Read more about how walnuts impact aging here. Try adding chopped walnuts to smoothies or yogurt, add on top of salad, or enjoy a few as a snack.
Because artichokes are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, they help boost the body's immunity against disease.
A boysenberry is a cross between a European raspberry and a common blackberry. They are a rich source of antioxidants which maintain healthy brain cells and protect against brain aging.
Because of the electrolytes found in fennel, it's great for brain health! Eating fennel can increase cognitive ability and brain function.