Many people only begin to consider the health of their brain as they get older, or as they notice a decline in memory, learning speed, or focus. However, as with any health journey, people typically have better results when they start young. Fortunately there are many things you can do to help support your brain throughout your life, from supplements to diet and lifestyle changes. Let’s go over a few simple ways you can help support your brain.
One of the most commonly recommended supplements is fish oil, and for several reasons. High-quality fish oil has a wide range of potential health benefits including, but not limited to, supporting brain health, balancing cholesterol levels, and reducing blood pressure, triglyceride levels, and inflammation. The omega-3s (EPA and DHA) found in high-quality fish oil are crucial for healthy brain function throughout a person’s life. Pregnant women are advised to supplement with fish oil throughout pregnancy as it is necessary for healthy brain development in the baby. Lower levels of DHA later in life have been associated with a decrease in brain size, which can signal accelerated brain aging. Fish oil is also heavily recommended for people with heart disease, or a family history of heart disease.
Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
Eating a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables, plenty of healthy fats to support the brain, high-quality meats, and plenty of water may also help support the brain, as well as the rest of the body. It’s also important to get a minimum of seven to eight hours of sleep each night, as sleep deprivation can have negative effects on memory and focus, along with other negative health effects. Eating a healthy diet may also help decrease inflammation in the body, which is important because high inflammation levels are believed to contribute to accelerated aging, chronic diseases, hormone imbalances, certain types of cancer, etc. Engaging in activities that stimulate the brain like puzzles, reading, and learning new things may also help support healthy brain function.