Eat these foods to help you maintain a healthy brain, increase your focus and boost your memory. Add these delicious foods to your daily regimen and feel the benefits.
Blueberries are amazing tasting fruits that contain high antioxidants including vitamins C and K. The antioxidants in blueberries help with blood circulation, which then helps with an increase in focus. Blueberries may also help protect against heart disease and dementia as well as reducing the signs of ageing.
Avocados might have a bad rep for being a fatty food but they’re the good kind of fat – monounsaturated fat. This type of fat helps enhance communication between the brain cells promoting healthy blood flow. Avocados are also full of potassium and vitamin K, which help protect the brain from risk of stroke.
Fish, especially salmon, is high in omega 3 essential fatty acids that help strengthen the connection between the cells and also contains anti inflammatory substances which ultimately assists in healthy brain function.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are always a good snack when you’re on the run or study snacking. What a smart idea in the first place! Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E and corresponds with less cognitive decline as you get older. Walnuts are mostly known to be sourced with their high level of antioxidants that help with high mental alertness. When snacking, make sure to choose unsalted nuts to keep your sodium levels at bay.
Yes, we said dark chocolate. Dark Chocolate, especially, can help improve blood vessel function, which then also improves cognitive function and memory. It can also improve your mood and may help to ease pain. The darker the chocolate, the more benefits but remember to eat this one in moderation!
One big super food that you should not miss out on is eggs. They contain all nine essential amino acids and are loaded with nutrients including the egg yolk so don’t throw it away! The yolk contains choline and lutein and are both vital for memory, thought and overall cognitive function.
Tea lovers celebrate! Tea contains many benefits including helping you think clearly and to help starve off mental decline. Your alertness may also increase due to caffeine being present in some tea varieties. Two to three cups will do it me thinks!
Green Leafy Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables should be eaten daily. They are full of antioxidants and carotenoids which boosts brain power, as well as containing folic acid that improves mental clarity. Broccoli is especially good as it has a good source of vitamin K that helps enhance cognitive function. American Academy of Neurology did a study on the “Associations of vegetable and fruit consumption with age related cognitive change” and concluded that, “High Vegetable but not fruit consumption may be associated with slower rate of cognitive decline with older age”. More green leafy vegetables for me, please!
This is general information only. Should you want to seek further proper advice for your nutrition and health, please consult a professional.