6 foods from a psychiatrist-nutritionist that will help your brain to age
In 2009, researcher Veronica Witte, Ph.D., and her colleagues demonstrated that a 35% calorie restriction improved memory in healthy elderly patients after three months. But we also know that people feel deprived when they use a method based solely on calorie restriction, and they end up feeling unhappy and even anxious. Other ways to put our bodies and minds into caloric restriction mode and promote autophagy include intermittent fasting, fasting-mimicking diets, and time-restricted food intake.
Another way to do this is through the food itself. Nature is brilliant, and it turns out that polyphenols in plants (catechins in green tea, curcumin in turmeric, oleuropein and hydroxytyrosol in olive oil, chlorogenic acid and trigonelline in coffee, resveratrol in red grapes, etc.) can also activate autophagy by mimicking caloric restriction. As I discuss in my book This is your brain about foodthese plant polyphenols are rich in nutrients that protect against dementia, making them good for the brain.