We often think about the foods we should or shouldn’t eat to look after our heart and cardiovascular system but Dr Drew Ramsey, MD, assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City thinks we should also be considering those foods that have nutrients that will support the health of our brain. He paraphrases it to “ Seafood and greens, Nuts and beans”
Seafood: Seafood is packed with brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids which can benefit people who have mood and anxiety disorders. Mussels, Oysters and clams are the top source of B12 as well as zinc.
Leafy greens: A great base for a brain-food diet, leafy greens are a good source of fibre, folate, magnesium, and vitamin K. Perhaps surprising, kale, mustard greens, and bok choy provide the most absorbable form of calcium on the planet, more so than milk.
Nuts are packed with healthy monounsaturated fats. They help keep us full and also aid in absorbing fat-soluble nutrients. Nuts also provide fibre as well as minerals like manganese and selenium.
Legumes: Dr Ramsey is pro-meat, but he acknowledges that many people are eating far too much and the wrong types of meat, and that nuts and legumes are a great alternative source of protein and nutrients. Small red beans in particular are the top antioxidant-containing food.