A Thanksgiving Dinner that Feeds Your Brain…

By Matt Gleason
Mental Health Association in Tulsa 

Whenever we think about Thanksgiving dinner, we fixate on how we’re going to feed our bellies until they beg for looser pants, and a comfy couch to nap on.

But our brains need love, too, on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, these brain foods probably won’t make us any smarter when it comes to devouring leftover sweet potato pie (Get the recipe below!). We’ll be serving Andrew’s Sweet Potato Pie on Thanksgiving to our friends living in our housing programs.

Here’s some info we found around the web. Click on the links for the helpful articles!

Turkey contains amino acids that can excite or calm your brain as well as nourish your brain.

Cranberries are packed with antioxidants that promote brain health.

Coffee can energize & help you concentrate, but too much makes you jittery.

Nuts contain essential fatty acids vital for brain health.

Apple pie contains, yes, apples that have a potent antioxidant that appears to protect brain cells from free-radical damage.

Leafy green vegetables promote mental focus and clear thinking.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage to cells that occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s.

Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to actually slow brain aging.

Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that bring on feelings of pleasure. It also contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.

Sweet potatoes contain carotenoids that act as antioxidants, protecting brain cells from damage.

– See more at: http://mhat.org/a-thanksgiving-dinner-that-feeds-your-brain/#sthash.1B0CzEgF.dpuf


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