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It is possible to boost your brain and prevent and slow down neurodegenerative diseases by providing it with the nutrients it needs. Certain foods are particularly stimulating to the brain. Discover them!

A balanced diet plays a role in the prevention and management of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s but in addition to other factors such as practicing regular physical activity‚ having social relationships and restful sleep » indicates the Dr Jérémy Girbovan neurologist in a service specializing in strokes, inflammatory diseases (multiple sclerosis) and degenerative diseases (Parkinson / Alzheimer) at the Meaux hospital and author of My Healthy Brain Tonic Recipes.*

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This lifestyle counteracts the chronic stress that affects the cells of the hippocampus. OUR brain needs to be fed properly to function well. It is therefore necessary to bring him in particular good fatof the protein of excellent quality‚ carbohydrates but also vitaminsof the mineralsof the trace elementsof the amino acids.

Serotonin and dopamine are involved in brain function

These nutrients that the body does not know how to manufacture and that only food provides are essential for the synthesis of neurotransmitters, in particular serotonin and dopamineinvolved in the functioning of the brain teaches Dr. Girbovan.

Certain foods and nutrients are particularly beneficial for our brain because they provide these nutrients in significant quantities. These are cereals, fatty fish, fruits, vegetables, olive oil, nuts and seeds, legumes, yogurt and cheese. Focus on 9 of them among the 20 identified by Dr. Girbovan.

*Book co-written with Guillaume Marinette is an author, stylist and culinary photographer, creator of the YouTube channel Histoire de se régale Editions Leduc published on August 16, 2023.

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Blueberry
The blueberry is the red fruit that appears the most interesting for the brain. “It contains many beneficial antioxidants for the brain, including anthocyanins, which would increase the activity of nerve growth factor, a protein involved in the regulation, growth and communication of neurons” describes Dr. Jérémy Girbovan.

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Nut
Nuts like other tree nuts like hazelnuts are among the wellness foods for the brain. “Their benefits for brain function are linked to their composition of brain-beneficial nutrients and fatty acids, and in particular unsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3,” informs Dr. Girbovan.

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Beet
Beets are identified by Dr. Girbovan as one of the brain foods for two reasons. It contains important antioxidants to preserve our entire body, including the brain, from oxidative stress that causes premature aging of our organs. “On the other hand, it is one of the best food sources of inorganic nitrate, which is transformed into nitric oxide after digestion, and which would facilitate the blood flow which also feeds the brain” informs Dr. Girbovan.

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Lenses
Legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans, etc.) are beneficial for our brain because they are rich in proteins that our brain needs to function. “They are also rich in B vitamins, which are important for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine regulating many functions in the brain” informs Dr. Jérémy Girbovan.

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Honey
Honey is a food that has benefits for brain health. It provides carbohydrates that our brain needs to function. “It is also rich in mineral salts such as iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium necessary to help the brain generate the correct electrical impulses between neurons” explains Dr. Girbovan.

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Spinach
Spinach, like other leafy vegetables (endives, chard, arugula, watercress, lamb’s lettuce, for example) are foods to eat often to help preserve your brain. “They are rich in group B vitamins essential in the structure of several neuronal mediators” explains Dr. Jérémy Girbovan. Leafy greens are also rich in important vitamins and minerals (vitamins K, C, B9, and iron) that improve overall cognitive function.

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oats
Oats are a cereal to consume more for the well-being of our whole body including the brain. “It has a high content of vitamin B1, essential to protect our brain against the wear and tear of age and against the action of free radicals. The antioxidant compounds it contains also make it possible to slow down the oxidative stress generated by free radicals” explains Dr Jérémy Girbovan. He particularly recommends it for people with significant intellectual activity.

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Cabbage
Cabbage is a very antioxidant food which makes it an ally of our brain. “It’s a concentrate of anthocyanins that slow the formation of beta-amyloid plaque on the brain and prevent the deterioration of short and long-term memory,” explains Dr. Girbovan. Cabbage is also rich in vitamin K. “Vitamin K is essential for the formation of myelin, a protective sheath of nerve fibers that allows rapid communication between brain cells” indicates the neurologist

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