Recommendations to help support brain health include consuming 6-9 cups of non-starchy (low glycemic) vegetables daily. Additionally, focus on phytonutrients as they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which help support brain health. Phytonutrients give plants their color, so we recommend “eating the rainbow” by selecting a diverse array of deeply colored vegetables as a great way to obtain a variety of phytonutrients.
Research shows that those who consume leafy greens daily have a slower rate of cognitive decline. Leafy greens are high in folate, which when combined with other B vitamins help reduce homocysteine.
Our high nitrate greens help to increase nitric oxide in the body which has been studied for its effect on relaxing blood vessels and improving vascular health.
Cruciferous vegetables are among the most nutrient dense vegetables and help to support the body's natural detoxification process. Cruciferous vegetables have the greatest benefits from glucosinolates when consumed raw. When cooking cruciferous vegetables it’s best to wait at least 10 minutes after chopping before cooking. Cruciferous vegetables are best prepared quickly blanched, lightly steamed, or sautéed.
In order to obtain even further brain health benefits and improve fat soluble vitamin absorption consider enjoying vegetables finished with a high polyphenol extra virgin olive oil.
The prebiotic fiber found in many vegetables helps nourish beneficial gut bacteria. The gut brain connection is powerful, and in order to support brain health you must also support gut health.
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