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Boost Your Brain Through Food - What To Eat For A Sharper, Healthier Mind

13.11.2014

Your brain is so powerful and shouldn’t be ignored or underestimated when it comes to the foods you choose to eat. Like the rest of your body, your brain needs the right nutrients in order to function at it’s best.

Not only will the right foods increase your brainpower and memory, a brain-healthy diet has also been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. On top of that, research has shown that the right foods may staves off Alzheimer’s.

 

 

Quite simply - eat smart and therefore be smart!

Eat these following 10 foods to give your brain a boost and yourself the upper hand.

Avocados   

Avocados are a fatty fruit, but it is monounsaturated fat. This form of fat contributes to a healthy blood flow, which in turn contributes to a healthier brain. Avocados have also been found to lower blood pressure, an important factor as high blood pressure has been linked to a decline in cognitive abilities.

 

Blackcurrants   

Research has shown that Vitamin C improves mental agility – blackcurrants are bursting with Vitamin C goodness.

 

Blueberries   

Research has shown that blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short-term memory loss, and also may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s later in life. 

 

Chocolate   

Specifically dark chocolate, (minimum 70% cocoa). Rich in antioxidants that have been linked to an increase in brain health.

 

Eggs   

Get ready for some science: Eggs yolks are rich in choline which is a B Vitamin-like nutrient. Your brain uses choline to make acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that is believed to be important in communication between brain cells and maintaining a good memory.

 

Leafy Green & Cruciferous Vegetables   

Now we know this category is somewhat more general than the others, and for good reason. This blanket term refers to vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage. They are all saturated with brain protectors such as Vitamin C and compounds called carotenoids. They are also a fantastic source of Vitamin K which is known to boost brain power and increase cognitive function.

 

Nuts   

Nuts are rich in Vitamin E. A study suggests that a healthy intake of Vitamin E could well help prevent cognitive decline.

 

Oily Fish   

Essential fatty acids are great for healthy brain function. However, our own bodies are unable to make them and rely on gaining them from our diet. The most effective form lies in oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and herring. Studies have also shown that those who at fish 3 times a week cut their risk of Alzheimer’s by 39%.

 

Tomatoes   

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant which has been found to protect against the damage to brain cells which occurs in the development of Alzheimer’s.

 

Water   

We realise that water doesn’t come under the category of food and nor should it be a replacement for any meal or snack. However, the importance of your water intake is one that cannot be ignored, especially when considering brain-healthy habits. Every cell in your body needs water to thrive, and your brain is no different. In fact, studies have shown that your brain has the ability to work 14% faster when it is fully hydrated.

 

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