Dr Oz: Foods that Prevent Alzheimer’s: Chia Seeds & Lentils

Doctor Oz did a segment on Alzheimer’s Disease, so you can take Dr Oz’s Alzheimer Disease Risk Quiz to see if  you are at a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease.  Everyone should eat Dr Oz’s three Brain Boosting Super Foods, which will help your brain to fight deterioration and to stay as sharp as possible (something I am sure that we would all like!).  Kristin Kirkpatrick joined Dr Oz to discuss the best way to nourish our brains with omega 3’s and antioxidants.  Dr Oz's Three Brain Boosting Super Foods

3 Brain Boosting Super Foods

Brain Food 1: Lentils

Lentils provide us with a steady stream of glucose, which is what our brain needs when it is looking for energy.  Dr Oz said our brain can only take sugar as energy, not protein or fat, but it has to be the right kind of sugar called glucose, which is what lentils contain.  So eat lots of lentils to give your brain the ability to come up with new ideas and thoughts.

Brain Food 2: Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are a great omega 3 fatty acid source and they contain more antioxidants than blueberries.  Chia seeds, in addition to having lots of nutrients, help with communication between the cells in your brain.  You can get Chia Seeds at the grocery for around $6.99/lb, according to Dr Oz.

Brain Food 3: Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts are full of monounsaturated fat and magnesium, which is important for signal transmissions and for your brain to be able to communicate with your body.

Brain Food 4: Coffee

One study found that the caffeine in coffee products protects the brain against damage and keeps unwanted things out of your brain.  Dr Oz said that our brains have a thin coating that separate our brain from the rest of the body, but this coating can get damaged, and the caffeine in coffee can help to repair the damage.

Comments

  1. Bonnie says

    what are the 5 foods? I can only find coffee, chica seeds, brazil nuts, lentils I’m missing 1 ofb the foods discussed

  2. Joe says

    “Lentils provide us with a steady stream of glucose, which is what our brain needs when it is looking for energy. Dr Oz said our brain can only take sugar as energy, not protein or fat, but it has to be the right kind of sugar called glucose, which is what lentils contain. So eat lots of lentils to give your brain the ability to come up with new ideas and thoughts.”

    I have not watched the show, but this quote just doesn’t make sense to me. Tentil is good for the brain because of glucose? Isn’t that the simple sugar we should all try to avoid?

  3. Joe says

    Thought about the quote in my last post more, I think this might be what happened during the show. Lentils, like other legumes, have a very low glycemic index, meaning they do not have much simple sugar like glucose (just the opposite as I quoted it above), but it has complex sugar which can be metabolized to provide glucose. So this metabolism of complext sugar provides a steady source of glucose. Again, I am not sure the reason why lentils is a good grain food is because of its low glycemic index. If that is true, there is so many other foods that have low glycemic index.

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