Wild Blueberries, International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation, National Fisheries Institute, and American Egg Board Create Free Cognitive Cooking Guide for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month


Portland, ME– The human brain is remarkable and arguably one of the most important organs in the body, but many people take their brain health for granted. To draw attention to this issue and come up with ideas for incorporating brain-healthy foods into the diet, the Wild Blueberry Association of North America has selected Alzheimer’s and Brain Month to partner with three nutrient-rich food products: the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), and the American Egg Board’s Egg Nutrition Center. Together, these associations have developed a user-friendly guide to eating for brain health, which highlights the importance of eating healthy brain foods at all ages. The main message of the guide? It’s never too early to start taking care of your brain!

“Eating a brain-healthy diet means including a range of foods. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with these food groups to create this easy-to-use guide, ”says Kitty Broihier, MS, RD and Nutrition Advisor for the Wild Blueberry Association of North America. “The Cognition Kitchen Guide is a free consumer resource that provides science-based, yet straightforward, information on these brain-healthy foods. Inside the guide, consumers will find a selection of recipes and details on how these four foods help nourish a healthy brain.

Each of these nutritious food groups was chosen to be included specifically because of research that supports their brain-healthy attributes (and of course, their delicious taste). The 27-page guide details:

  • The science behind diet for brain health
  • The type of diet that promotes brain health
  • Some recommended foods to add to your shopping list
  • Why these partner food associations help support a healthy brain
  • Health information for each food group
  • Healthy / accessible recipes that people of all ages will love

Every day, the scientific community is learning more about the important links between brain health, mental health, mood, and the food we eat. Brains work best when they are given the right fuel, and that fuel comes from a healthy diet filled with nutrient-dense foods like fruits (especially wild blueberries), vegetables, eggs, nuts, and fruits. sea.

The guide is free and can be downloaded from www.cognition-kitchen.com.

Why are wild blueberries nicknamed “brain berries”
Research has linked blueberries and cognition since the 1990s and has shown that these little blue wonders can improve various measures of cognitive ability for all ages: children, teens, middle-aged adults, and the elderly. Much of the emphasis on cognitive benefits is due to the flavonoid content of wild berries, particularly anthocyanins (and by the way, research shows that wild blueberries contain more anthocyanins than any other commonly consumed berry. in the American diet, including regular blueberries). Plus, wild blueberries taste amazing and have a more intense blueberry flavor than regular blueberries. Find them in the frozen aisle of the grocery store and add a daily healthy spoonful of wild to your diet!

Wild Blueberries recently launched a brain health content center on their website to complement the Cognition Kitchen guide. Learn more about these tiny and potent berries and their benefits for your brain by visiting www.cognition-kitchen.com.

Get the dish on the brain healthy fish
Fish and shellfish are among the only foods naturally rich in a healthy type of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA, which literally builds the brain and helps support brain health throughout life. DHA makes up 97% of omega-3s in a newborn’s brain, and the DHA content of an infant’s brain triples in the first three months of life. Research shows that children of mothers who eat seafood 2-3 times a week during pregnancy reach milestones, such as climbing stairs, copying sounds, and drinking from a cup, faster. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourage all children and adults, especially expectant mothers, to eat a variety of seafood, including popular options like salmon, canned tuna, shrimp, tilapia, and crab, at least 2 to 3 times a week.

Why We’re Mad About Brainy Tree Nuts
Nuts, such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts have been shown to help reduce the risk. chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and may play a positive role in satiety and maintenance of a healthy body weight. Emerging research suggests that long-term consumption of nuts may also improve cognitive function and help reduce cognitive dysfunctions, such as dementia. Oxidative stress is believed to play a major role in brain health. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants, such as nuts, can help protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress and ultimately help reduce cognitive decline.

The Great Brain Health Benefits of Eggs at All Ages
Eggs are a naturally nutrient-dense choice providing a good or excellent source of eight essential nutrients, including choline – a nutrient that helps reduce the risk of birth defects and supports brain health throughout life; however, over 90% of Americans (including about 90% of pregnant women) do not get enough of this essential nutrient and it is not found in high amounts in many foods. Fortunately, eggs are one of the most concentrated sources of choline in the American diet. In fact, two large eggs provide more than half of the recommended intake for pregnant women and may help meet their needs.

The new 2020-2025 dietary guidelines for Americans specifically recommend nutrient-rich eggs as an important first food for infants and toddlers, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. The new guidelines say eggs, long known to be a vital source of nutrients for people of all ages, provide several key nutrients important to babies during a time when their brains are growing fastest and can contribute to health. and well-being during every stage of life. For more information on the latest research and delicious recipes, please visit www.EggNutritionCenter.org.

Start eating for brain health today with Cognition Kitchen
Confused About How To Start A Healthy Brain Diet? Download the free guide today to learn more about the easy steps you can take to start eating for brain health at any age. If you cook any of the recipes, please share it on social media and tag us (all social media profiles are shared below and in the guide).

About the Wild Blueberry Association of North America
The Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA-US) is a trade association of Maine wild blueberry farmers and processors dedicated to sharing information about wild blueberries and their unique health benefits. WBANA-US is dedicated to advancing research that explores the health potential of wild blueberries. Dozens of studies have been conducted on the potential health and disease control benefits of wild blueberries. For news, recipes and health information about wild blueberries, visit www.wildblueberries.com. For the latest updates, read our blog. Visit us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

About the International Walnut Council
The International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation (INC NREF) is a non-profit organization representing nine tree nuts: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. Its mission is to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of tree nuts through relevant research and targeted educational programs. To date, INC NREF has funded over 25 published research projects. For more information on the health benefits of nuts and recipes, please visit www.nuthealth.org. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About the National Fisheries Institute
The National Fisheries Institute is the largest seafood trade association in the United States. NFI is dedicated to educating about the safety, sustainability and nutrition of seafood. NFI promotes dietary guidelines that suggest Americans include fish and shellfish in their diets twice a week for a longer life and healthier. NFI and its members are committed to sustainably managing our oceans and being stewards of our environment by endorsing the United Nations Principles for Responsible Fisheries. www.AboutSeafood.com.

About the Egg Nutrition Center
The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is the science and nutrition education division of the American Egg Board (AEB), comprised of dedicated nutrition and health experts with professional experience in the fields of food science. and nutrition. For the latest research, resources, and recipes, visit EggNutritionCenter.org or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

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