14 Healthy Foods to Boost Your Brainpower
Whether you need a good way to shake the cobwebs from your brain in the morning, a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon or a long term plan to protect your grey matter, there are a number of foods that provide great mental health benefits. Here is a list of 14 foods that have been proven to increase memory, improve mental alertness and stave off degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Best of all, most of these foods are delicious, so it shouldn’t be a hardship to pack your diet with them!
Salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. Not only do fatty acids help boost concentration, but they are also linked to lower risk of depression and are known mood boosters as well.
If you’ve wondered about the popularity of fish oil supplements, this is why. Supplements are great when you’re not getting enough of something, but the real thing is almost always better – and better for you – than a supplement.
Low blood sugar can cause a number of brain related issues ranging from simply a lack of focus to outright disorientation. Foods that are low on the glycemic index are slow burning carbohydrates, which help maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Get a great start to your day and boost concentration throughout the morning by kicking it off with a big, healthy, brain-boosting bowl of oatmeal.
Iron deficiencies have been shown lead to learning deficiencies and even affect your memory. Slide some iron rich kale into a salad or grind it up into a smoothie to keep you brain humming along like a well-oiled machine.
If you’re thinking about trying to kick your coffee habit, you might want to rethink that decision. A recent study of 1,4000 longtime coffee drinkers in Finland showed that people who consumed 3-5 cups of coffee per day in their 40’s and 50’s had a 65% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in comparison to their compatriots that drank less then 3 cups a day.
The old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may prove to be true for your mental health as well. Apples contain quercetin, a phytonutrient that a recent study at Cornell University suggests could protect the brain from a type of damage that is the precursor to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Pure chocolate that originates from the cacao tree contains polyphenols, which – among other things – increase blood flow to the brain. If that’s not enough to make you break open a brick of pure, dark chocolate, polyphenols can also help regulate the genes that control body weight and can even inhibit the growth of cancer. Dark chocolate is best, but make sure it contains at least 70% cacao.
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Source: Steven Aitchison