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These Are the Foods Neurologists Eat for Brain Health

The Daily Meal Logo The Daily Meal | Slide 3 of 17: Black, or “forbidden,” rice has become a trendy food item on Instagram. But unlike the Unicorn Frappuccino or the cronut, this social media sensation might actually improve people’s health. The rice gets its dark color from anthocyanins, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound that’s also found in blueberries, blackberries, and other dark-colored plant foods. “It’s those compounds that really are the powerhouse for neurological function,” Dr. Robert Zembroski, a clinical nutritionist and board-certified chiropractic neurologist, told The Daily Meal. “Some of the data is saying anthocyanins have been shown to improve nerve transmission and enhance neuroplasticity.” This enhances the efficiency of the pathways in the brain and nervous system. “The dark compounds were also found to improve cognitive health and protect the nervous system from toxic compounds,” Zembroski said.

Black Rice

Black, or “forbidden,” rice has become a trendy food item on Instagram. But unlike the Unicorn Frappuccino or the cronut, this social media sensation might actually improve people’s health. The rice gets its dark color from anthocyanins, an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound that’s also found in blueberries, blackberries, and other dark-colored plant foods. “It’s those compounds that really are the powerhouse for neurological function,” Dr. Robert Zembroski, a clinical nutritionist and board-certified chiropractic neurologist, told The Daily Meal. “Some of the data is saying anthocyanins have been shown to improve nerve transmission and enhance neuroplasticity.” This enhances the efficiency of the pathways in the brain and nervous system. “The dark compounds were also found to improve cognitive health and protect the nervous system from toxic compounds,” Zembroski said.

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