Give Your Brain a Boost With These 10 Super Foods
Monica Munteanu | On 25, Jul 2013
We all have those days when it’s hard to concentrate and get even the simplest tasks done. What could you do in times like this? Have you ever considered a diet for your brain?
Just like any other part of your body, the brain needs vitamins and nutrients to be healthy and work at full speed. There are certain foods that can improve your thinking, cognitive actions, memory and concentration, making you more efficient when at work and more energised when spending time with you family or friends.
So if you want to help your brain and give it that boost of nutrition and well being, try one or more of these 10 super foods.
1. Dark Chocolate
We had to start with the one we enjoy the most. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which means it does wonder to your whole body. However, this leads to an improved blood flow, which is ultimately the key to a healthy brain. What’s more, caffeine, which we can find in dark chocolate, is essential to mainting brain accuity. So, you don’t have to feel guilty anymore if you’re craving dessert.
We talk about blueberries alot, but it seems there are no limits to what these tiny fruits can do to improve our health. It seems that researches have found blueberries aid in protecting the brain from oxidative stress and reduce effects of age related conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Other studies have proved that a cup of blueberries a day can better the learning capacity and motor skills.
3. Nuts and seeds
Probably the best in between meal snacks, nuts and seeds are a great source of vitamin E. Why is that important? Because it’s a key ingredient in the prevention of cognitive decline especially with people who are advanced in age. Just an ounce a day is enough to ensure brain power. You can try any of these: walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, filberts, almonds, cashews, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed.
Avocado can give the others run for their money when it comes to brain health. Even though it’s a fatty fruit, that’s a good thing in this case. Its monounsaturated fats contribute to a healthy blood flow, which, in the end, means a healthy brain. Add it to your daily meals, but be aware of the amount for it is high in calories.
It may not be on everybody’s favorite list, but spinach’s antioxidant powers, especially the one called lutein, protect against cognitive decline. A study at Harvard Medical School proved that women who ate more leafy green and cruciferous vegetable had better cognitive function than the ones who didn’t.
You can never go wrong with a salad, especially if you include tomatoes. This red fruit admits to containing a powerful antioxdant called lycopene which has proved to harbour against free radical damage to cells which happens during the expansion of dementia.
Who doesn’t love a big cup of joe early in the morning. Well, we’ve talked before about the benefits of caffeine on the brain, so a coffee per day may help improve mental accuity. Aside from the boost of energy, the antioxidants will help maintain your brain healthy. Also, the consumption of coffee has been known to mend depression, especially for women.
There was no way we weren’t going to mention the great omega-3, which can also be found in other oily fish such as sardiens or herring. Omega-3 has anti-inflammatory substances and is essential for good brain function. It is a recommended a 4 ounce service, a couple of time per week.
9. Fresh tea
A freshly brewed cup of tea can do wonders to your health and, especially, your brain. The small amount of caffeine and the antioxidants can enhance you memory, focus and mood, thus boosting brain power. It’s also a step forward to a healthy blood flow, which, we mentioned before, means a healthier brain. So, wait no longer, go put a kettle on!
It’s the obvious that we usually take for granted. The lack of body hydration can effect cognitive function and actually shrink brain tissue. Dehydration can harm short-term memory, concentration and decision making. Drink at least 8 glasses a day to improve full body health on the inside and outside.
There’s nothing like a healthy mind to complete the recipe for success. Take care of your brain like you do with any other part of your body and you’ll have a happy life.
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