After 40 years of age, an adult brain volume decreases about 5% per decade. When one reaches 70 to 80 years old, brain cells decline drastically, and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s increases by 50%. Brain is a vital organs in charge of overall bodily movements, speech, memories, senses and so on. Excessive stress coupled with unhealthy lifestyle and diets cause further oxidation of the brain and nerve cells. Here are 3 aspects to consider for improving brain health.
1. Replenish brain food
Replenish food rich in antioxidant, omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and plasmalogen. Research found that one’s diet high in anti-oxidants and healthy fatty acids helps combat possible oxidative stress, reduce bodily inflammation response and maintain healthy brain cell growth and nerve function. In addition, many scientists suggest that diseases related to brain aging such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease may link to the presence of damaging inflammatory cells in the brain. Recent researches show that plasmalogen (a key component of nerve cell membrane and are found abundantly in the brain tissue) are able to reduce excess plague formation in the brain that may lead to brain inflammation and damage.
2. Improve blood flow to the brain
More blood flow to your brain ensure sufficient oxygen and nutrients consumed to be transported to brain cells efficiently. The brain survives approximately 5 minutes without oxygen from blood, and then its cells begins to deteriorate. Research shows that regular aerobic exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, for 30 minutes a day improve blood circulation and reduces brain cell loss. In addition, many food such as bright colored fruits, nuts and health supplements are high in anti-oxidant, omega-3 fatty acids and bioflavonoids helps prevent the formation of blood clot and promote smoother blood circulation.
3. Listen to music
Listening to music involves the whole brain to function. Experts suggest that listening to music is one of the rare activities that involves BOTH the analytical traits of the left brain and the more creative aspects of the right brain. Classical music in particular helps the brain relax, reduce fatigue and at the same time stimulate the most brain cells which in turn, may help reverse cognitive decline.