What are the Best Brain Boosting foods for Mental Clarity and Focus?

As December rolls around, filled with the hectic pace of holiday activities, it’s important to nourish your mind with brain boosting foods.  You may not be aware that it’s National Root Vegetable Month, a perfect time to celebrate and embrace the goodness of root vegetables. Two such nutritional powerhouses are beets and sweet potatoes, which can do wonders for your brain health. If you’re concerned about your risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and/or you want to be proactive in maintaining your brain health, read on. We’ll delve into the myriad benefits of these root vegetables, and even share some delicious recipes to help you incorporate them into your daily routine.

The Brain Health Connection

The brain is a vital organ that requires proper nourishment to function optimally throughout our lives. Beets and sweet potatoes, packed with essential nutrients, are your allies in the quest for brain health. Let’s explore how these root vegetables can benefit your cognitive well-being.

Beets: A Brain-Boosting Superfood

Beets are nature’s vibrant, ruby-red gems that offer a host of brain-boosting benefits. They contain nitrates that can improve blood flow to the brain, which is crucial for optimal cognitive function. Here are some of the advantages of including beets in your diet:
  1. Improved Blood Flow: Enhanced blood flow helps deliver vital nutrients and oxygen to brain cells, thereby promoting cognitive function.
  2. Antioxidant Power: Beets are rich in antioxidants like betalains and anthocyanins, which protect the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation.
  3. Reduced Inflammation: The anti-inflammatory properties of beets may help protect brain tissue from damage.
  4. Detoxification: Beets support the body’s natural detoxification processes, helping eliminate harmful substances that can affect brain health.
To learn more about the importance of detoxification for the health of your brain, please check out my blog on this topic: The Vital Role of Healthy Detoxification – Holistic Alzheimer’s Prevention Program (holisticalzheimersprevention.com)

Sweet Potatoes: The Brain’s Dear Friend

Sweet potatoes, with their natural sweetness and vibrant orange hue, are another root vegetable that can contribute significantly to brain health. They’re a fantastic source of several nutrients that support cognitive function:
  1. Rich in Vitamin A: Sweet potatoes are abundant in vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy brain cells and promoting memory function.
  2. High in Fiber: Their high fiber content helps regulate blood sugar levels, providing a steady supply of energy to the brain.
  3. Antioxidant-Loaded: Sweet potatoes are packed with antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that help reduce inflammation and protect brain cells.
  4. Complex Carbohydrates: These root vegetables provide complex carbohydrates that release glucose gradually, supplying a steady source of fuel for your brain.

Celebrating National Root Vegetable Month

As December is National Root Vegetable Month, it’s the perfect time to start incorporating beets and sweet potatoes into your diet to boost your brain health. Here are a couple of delicious recipes to get you started so you can gain the benefits of these brain boosting foods:

Recipe 1: Roasted Beet and Sweet Potato Salad

Ingredients:
  • 2 medium beets, peeled and diced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Instructions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Toss the diced beets and sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Roast for 30-35 minutes or until tender.
  4. Let the roasted vegetables cool slightly.
  5. In a bowl, combine the mixed greens, roasted beets, and sweet potatoes.
  6. Top with crumbled feta cheese and chopped walnuts.
  7. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
  8. Toss and enjoy!

Recipe 2: Sweet Potato and Beet Smoothie

Ingredients:
  • 1 small roasted beet (peeled)
  • 1 small baked sweet potato (peeled and cooled)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice cubes (optional) **If you freeze your cooked, cubed beets and sweet potato, you do not need to add ice cubes. The frozen veggies allow for a very creamy texture.
Instructions:
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add ice cubes if you prefer a colder smoothie.
  4. Pour into a glass and savor the brain-boosting goodness!
Conclusion Beets and sweet potatoes are root vegetables that offer a delicious and nutritious way to support your brain health. By celebrating National Root Vegetable Month in December and including these vibrant ingredients in your diet, you’re taking a proactive step in maintaining your cognitive well-being. Whether you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or simply want to keep your mind sharp and alert, beets and sweet potatoes are a tasty and brain-boosting addition to your meals. Try the recipes mentioned above, and enjoy the benefits of these root vegetables for a healthier mind!

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Written by Dr. Becky

Dr Becky is a retired functional medicine practitioner; daughter to parents who both died of Alzheimer’s; and now an Alzheimer’s Prevention Advocate, because an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.

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