About 20 percent of Americans aged 55 and more will experience some form of cognitive impairment in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts recommend taking steps for your brain health before you enter your 50s. The good news is that it’s not complicated and all you need to do is eat nutrient-rich foods or supplements to ensure your brain stay sharps in your golden years.
Here are 6 key nutrients that may help protect your brain from mental decline.
1. Cocoa Flavanols
These cocoa compounds improve functions of dentate gyrus and reverse age-related memory decline. Dentate gyrus is a region of the hippocampus, which is most affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
Where To Find It: cacao beans, dark chocolate, CocoaVia powdered stick packs, supplements