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Nourishment for the Brain

As we observe Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month this April, let’s explore the importance of nutrition in supporting brain health. While there's no cure for Parkinson's disease, certain nutrients have been shown to support overall brain function and potentially alleviate some symptoms. In this blog, you’ll learn about the role of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, B vitamins, polyphenols, and magnesium in nourishing the brain.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly two types called EPA and DHA, are essential for brain health. They play a crucial role in maintaining the structure and function of brain cells, supporting cognitive function, and reducing inflammation. Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines are excellent sources of omega-3s. Numerous studies have shown that eating a diet rich in omega-3’s can lower risk of cognitive decline. Consider incorporating these foods into your diet 2-3 times per week to support brain health.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is not only important for bone health but also for brain function. Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased risk of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease. Since there are very few foods that contain Vitamin D, sunlight exposure and supplementation are the best sources. We recommend checking your blood levels twice a year to avoid deficiency.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are essential for brain health as they play a role in healthy cognition and nerve function. Studies prove that adequate B12 levels may help slow the progression of cognitive decline as you age. Good dietary sources of B vitamins include leafy green vegetables, eggs, whole grains, and fortified cereals. For individuals at risk of deficiency, such as older adults and vegetarians, supplementation may be necessary, especially for vitamin B12.


Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants found in plant foods, known for their neuroprotective properties. Research suggests that diets higher in a type of polyphenol called flavanols are associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline related to both memory and processing speed. Top sources of polyphenols in this study included tea, olive oil, leafy greens, beans, pears, oranges, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broccoli and wine.


Magnesium plays a vital role in neurotransmitter function, neuroplasticity, and overall brain health. Studies suggest that consuming a diet rich in magnesium is associated with better brain health and a lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Incorporate magnesium-rich foods such as leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and black beans into your diet. 

Supplement Spotlight

Be sure to check out our clinical-grade, third-party tested supplements that contain foundational nutrients critical to improving overall health and longevity. Our formulas feature ingredients you can’t easily get from food, and that also target health priorities to improve symptoms. 

The Focus supplement supports healthy magnesium levels, which are crucial for your brain health. It contains a powerful ingredient called Magtein® to break through the brain's protective barrier and boost magnesium levels inside. This means better memory, sharper learning, and improved overall brain function. Our Memory supplement contains key ingredients like B vitamins, vinpocetine and folate, which helps support cognitive function and a healthy memory. 

As always, be sure to check out the Ahara app for tasty, nutrient-dense recipes!

Seared salmon quinoa bowl

Black Bean & Mango Salad

Strawberry-Mango-Banana Smoothie   


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