Eating a balanced breakfast has often been touted as one of the best ways to get a jump start on the day and make sure your body is fueled for whatever comes next. But the right breakfast routine may also help protect your brain as you age, according to a new study.
The study, which was published in Cell Metabolism, found that a four-step routine could make a difference in fighting against age-related cognitive decline. It includes:
- Equal Protein and Carbohydrate: Eating an equal mix of protein and carbohydrates could help the brain defend against inflammation and promote healthy aging.
- Limiting Saturated Fat: Not eating too much saturated fat, which can damage the blood vessels, could help protect the brain.
- Adding a Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of a healthy diet, and they may help reduce age-related cognitive decline.
- Eating More Fruits and Vegetables: Eating your fruits and veggies could help lower inflammation and reduce cognitive decline as you age.
Though the study is only in its early stages, the results suggest that a well-rounded breakfast routine could help protect the brain from age-related cognitive decline. Of course, only time will tell if this is true. But there’s no denying that eating a healthy breakfast is an important part of a balanced diet.