Great News! Many Holiday Favorites are Actually Good for Your Brain!
This holiday season, there's a good chance you're going to eat your fill of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pecan pie. And you'll probably polish it all off with a good cup of coffee.
And if you're tempted to feel guilty about chowing down on all your holiday favorites, maybe this'll make you feel better:
Many traditional holiday favorites are actually good for your brain!
Stuffing, for example, is chock-full of bread crust, which is rich in antioxidants. And researchers say that the ursolic acid found in cranberries can improve cognitive function by increasing the brain's sensitivity to insulin. It can also correct metabolism errors caused by obesity and protect against brain damage immediately following a stroke.
And as for that pie and coffee, you'll be happy to know that a recent study conducted at the Center of Cellular Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts recommends eating about a handful of pecans every day to delay the progression of age-related motor neuron degeneration. And the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease published a study indicating that the caffeine in coffee at least partially blocked the production of a protein that can clog the brains of Alzheimer's patients, as well as stimulate the production of GCSF, improving communication between neurons.
More pie, anyone?