Certain foods are just one of the many things that can trigger your brain’s centers for reward and pleasure, improve the health of your brain and help to make you smarter. There are lots of foods that contain nutrients that are excellent food for your brain and some that can even help and improve your memory according to some US scientists a handful of walnuts, which are full of antioxidants, copper and magnesium, they’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, can help improve your cognitive health and boost your memory.
If you don’t care much for walnuts, there are some other foods that can help strengthen your brain.
Blueberries according to researchers at Tufts University can not only help to improve memory loss but may in fact reverse memory loss. They are also a superfood for your brain cells due to an abundance of anthocyanidins, compounds that have shown to be beneficial in protecting against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. I love them on their own or added to cereals and smoothies.
Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and help not only to fire up your brain cells but can help to improve focus and retention too! The fatty acids are also good for your heart.
Coffee you will be pleased to know is actually very healthy! and contains lots of antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients to improve your health and can also improve your short term memory. It’s good news for me that a good cup of Joe a day has many other benefits that help to burn fat, improve physical performance, lower the risks of some types of cancer, protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and apparently make you happier and fight depression. I know that if I don’t have my morning cup of coffee I will be a little depressed but happy after I have had one. My favorite coffee right now is Death Wish Coffee.
One cup of coffee contains around 76mg of caffeine which is just about the amount that your brain needs to improve function. But be careful – too much can give you the jitters, leave you feeling anxious and distracted. Although I can live with that!
Avocados might be a little fatty but they contain lots of healthy unsaturated fats too and it’s these fats that help to keep your brain cell membranes flexible. There is also another type of fat found in avocados – monounsaturated fatty acids that help to protect nerve cells in the brain and have been found to improve your brain’s muscle strength.
Whole grains with a low GI (glycaemic index) are a healthy brain food which slowly and steadily release glucose into the bloodstream. Concentration skills are linked to your brain’s supply of glucose. There are other carbohydrates such as white rice and pasta that will cause energy levels to peak but then can leave you feeling exhausted.
Dark Chocolate proves that healthy food can really be delicious! Cocoa can improve cognitive function especially in elderly people and which was posted in an recent blog of mine Chemical Romance. So you don’t have to feel guilty about that chocolate bar anymore and your brain might actually thank you!
Broccoli contains two nutrients that can help to improve brain function. The two nutrients, Vitamin K – which helps to strengthen cognitive abilities and Choline – has been found to improve memory and that people that eat plenty of broccoli perform better on memory tests. It also contains folic acid which may help to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and can help keep you happy as a lack of folic acid could lead to depression. Maybe I should start dipping my broccoli in some dark chocolate? or maybe not.