Olive Oil as a Brain Food
Most people know olive oil, a prized Italian food ingredient, is the healthy dietary fat. But did you know it could reverse memory loss and improve learning ability? According to research, olive oil is “the latest brain food”.
Protecting Your Brain with Tomatoes
Tomatoes are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants called carotenoids proven to help protect your brain cells against damage from free radicals, the type of damage that could result in dementia. Studies have linked lower levels of carotenoids with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more here.
The Healthy Garlic in Italian Foods
Italian food is loaded with garlic, widely recognized for its health benefits. What many people may not know, however, is that garlic could help prevent and slow the growth of brain cancer. Researchers found that a compound in garlic, dilly trisulfide or DATS, could reduce the growth of glioblastoma brain tumors and prevent progression of the tumors in patients who already developed them.
Wine with Your Italian Food Also Good for the Brain
If you like to compliment your Italian food with a glass or two of wine, you will be pleased to know research suggests a compound found in red wine may improve your memory. Also found in dark chocolate, the compound “resveratrol” was found to significantly increase retention of words and speed performance in the hippocampus, which plays an important role in short and long term memory.
Considering the results of these studies and more, it is safe to say eating healthy Italian foods is not only tasty, not only good for preventing life-threatening illnesses, but may also help protect and improve your brain so you can better enjoy a long life. Bon appétit!