Reshape Your Body With a Brain Healthy Diet and Coffee

By Timothy S. Collins

The brain, like any other organ, needs the right balance of nutrients to function well. It is important to take every effort to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and to encourage good blood flow to the brain. A brain-healthy diet can help lower "bad" fat, cholesterol and increase both physical and mental activity. As a result of feeling more alert, social interaction also increases. In turn, this helps to promote participation in intellectually stimulating activities. All combined, these behaviors and activities are good for the brain and the body.

What is a "brain healthy diet"?

  • A diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • A diet with cold water fish, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, beneficial to cell membranes.
  • For example, fish such as tuna, mackerel, anchovies, trout, herring, salmon, sardines, and white fish.
  • Green leafy vegetables, avocados, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, olive oil, and peanut oil.
  • Nuts contain vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant.
  • Dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as eggplant, red bell peppers, beets, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, red grapes, cherries, oranges, all kinds of berries (blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, to mention a few).
  • Dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of naturally occurring antioxidants which protect the brain from free radical formation.

A "brain diet" also should include coffee. Why? Because coffee, specifically, is a power house when it comes to antioxidants and helps fight off the effects of high cholesterol.

  • Brewed coffee has been shown to contain four times as many antioxidants as brewed tea.
  • Antioxidants are known to repair these free radicals.
  • Research shows that antioxidants help decrease the risk of many chronic diseases.
  • Coffee, specifically, has one of the most prominent antioxidants, Chlorogenic acid, as well as caffeic acid, melanoidins and methylpyridinium.
  • Coffee has two main ways of improving the health of your body: antioxidants and caffeine.
  • Both of these substances have health and anti aging benefits.
  • Antioxidants help the body repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.
  • These free radicals are produced as a by-product of cells through normal daily activities.
  • Antioxidants help protect the cells in your body from oxidative damage by "free radicals" that go into action as the body uses oxygen.
  • Antioxidants reduce damage to body tissues. They do the opposite of oxidants.

Obviously, check with your own physician regarding any medical conditions, treatments, diagnostics, pregnancy or special dietary plans for you. The health benefits of coffee are many and the research supports them. However, there is no need to delay drinking your coffee. In fact, there is evidence that you can derive some health benefits from caffeine.

Go ahead: enjoy a cup of Peruvian Shade Grown Organic coffee!



Timothy S. Collins
Article by Timothy S. Collins
Timothy ("Tim") S. Collins, the author, is called by those who know him "The Gourmet Coffee Guy." He is an expert in article writing who has done extensive research online and offline in his area of expertise, coffee marketing, as well as in other areas of personal and professional interest. Come visit the author's website: www.ourgourmetcoffee.com.

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