9 Foods That Improve Your Brain Power

Published on 06/04/2016
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When we were little your parents tried to stress to you how important it was to maintain a healthy diet. They would push green vegetables onto your plate while trying to limit your junk food intake. Much like a healthy workout regimen can keep your body nice and toned, a great diet can do wonders to help your mental faculties. Eating the right foods can help to offset your potential risk for numerous mental issues, like Alzheimers. Having these brain boosting foods in your diet can be a great way to do improve your diet, improve your health, and give you the confidence that you are doing what you can to offset potential issues in the future. Let’s dive in and look at some common foods that can be immediately incorporated your diet. Don’t worry, they all taste great!

Blackberries

There is nothing quite as tasty as a fresh basket of cool blackberries on a hot summer day. As it turns out, your brain would definitely agree as well! These small, black little fruits can be bought fresh at the supermarket or bought in frozen bags for thawing out later. Either way, you will want to make sure to get a handful into your diet everyday. The reason that blackberries are so important to your brain is that they help your brain cells communicate with one another. As you get older your brain cells get inflamed, and this inflammation slows down communication. The antioxidants found in blackberries, known as polyphenols, help to kick your brain cells into gear.

Blackberries

Blackberries

Broccoli

If you want to enjoy long and healthy mental faculties then you had better get used to eating broccoli. Broccoli has always been considered the ‘big vegetable’ on the menu and for good reason. This leafy, hearty veggie is both affordable and extremely healthy in a whole bunch of ways. Broccoli in particular is filled with a few key nutrients that you will want included in your diet: lingans and glucosinolates in particular. Lingans are a compound that helps to benefit your ability to think in a cogent way, according to a study by King’s College in London. Glucosinolates are a group of compounds that help prevent your neurotransmitters from falling into disrepair. In doing so, these glucosinolates help keep you sharper than ever. If you aren’t a broccoli fan and you can’t make yourself eat it then you can look to oranges, apples, and brussel sprouts as an alternative. Brocolli can be delicious when lightly sauteed in a pan along with a little bit of salt and your favorite seasoning and you can add it alongside any meal to make for a hearty dinner.

Broccoli

Broccoli

Coffee

Coffee is a surprising addition to our list because most people assume that the excess caffeine is really bad for you. We should point out that coffee in excess really is bad for you as caffeine can be an addictive substance replete with side effects. Much like red wine, a moderate amount of coffee every day can have a longstanding benefit to your health. Drinking up to 24 ounces of coffee every day reportedly decreases your risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease by up to 40% as well as lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s by 20 percent. Researchers point to the caffeine as the reason for this efficacy. Caffeine apparently helps to keep your neurotransmitters focused and on point. Like we said, however, if you drink too much coffee you could be in for some major side effects such as: irregular heart beats, diabetes, migraines, and anxiety.

Coffee

Coffee

Fish

Most of us will agree that we have been told to eat fish pretty much whenever possible, provided that you avoid the stuff plagued with mercury. Fish is a great lean protein that is the perfect addition to almost any diet. Avoiding factory farmed fish and going for the fresh stuff will give you a food that is great for your body, taste buds, and even your brain. One of the primary brain boosters in fish is the Omega 3 fatty acid content that is found in fish. Research shows that the antioxidants found in Omega 3 fatty acids can do wonders for your brain and that they will go a long way toward lowering your own personal risk for dementia later in life. Dementia, with Alzheimer’s being the most common, will allegedly affect over 80 million people by the year 2040. You can make sure that you aren’t one of those people by using this list and eating right, now. Add fish to your diet as often as you like as there is no risk to having too much Omega 3.

Fish

Fish

Spinach

This green and leafy veggie isn’t re,served just for the Popeyes among us. Spinach is an easy to eat, green veggie that you can incorporate into just about any meal that you want. Throw some spinach into a pan with your chicken breast or boil it for usage in your pastas. Add cold, clean, spinach to your salads or sandwiches to get a little extra ‘good stuff’ into your meal. Spinach is packed with the vital nutrients: folate, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. These three nutrients go a long way toward stopping dementia and other cognitive deteriorating issues. A half cup of cooked spinach will cover all of the Vitamin K that you need in a single day. Spinach is affordable and tasty. SO go pick up a fresh package from the grocery store. Use what you can on food and before it goes bad use the rest in smoothies to maximize their efficacy.

Spinach

Spinach

Concord Grape Juice

Believe it or not, Concord grape juice can be added to your diet in order to boost your memories ability to function. In older folks this grape juice can serve to keep mental acuity as sharp as possible for as long as possible. The reason that this brand of grape juice works so well is because it is rich in polyphenols. These antioxidants help to get rid of the bad stuff in your body. In cleaning up your body, everything else works a little bit quicker upstairs! A glass a day at breakfast can be the perfect way to make your memory just a bit stronger, and it tastes good too!

Concord Grape Juic

Concord Grape Juic

Avocado

Avocados are one of the tastiest and most flexible treats in the produce section. These little fruits are used by the handful in many Mexican dishes and they are also the core ingredient in guacamole. Fortunately for us avocados are flexible enough to be used in just about any dish. They are full of monosaturated fats and they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monosaturated fats, the healthy kind, helps to improve your blood flow and thus give your body all sorts of vascular benefits. Fry up an egg and throw a few scoops of avocado on your sandwich for a great breakfast combo. Otherwise think about incorporating healthy guacamole if you plan on having chips, instead of excess sour cream or other chunky and calorie filled salsas. To make this simple guacamole all you need to do is smash some ripe avocado, add a tiny spoonful of sour cream, and then add a squirt of lime. Mix and mush it together til you get the consistency that you prefer and then serve it with a bag of salt-free chips.

Avocado

Avocado

Garlic

For this food you will have to sacrifice your good breath for a strong brain. Garlic can be added into your diet in order to help fight off various forms of brain cancer, as written by the American Cancer Society. Researchers found that the sulfur compounds in garlic actually helped to kill glioblastoma cells. You can get garlic extract, or fresh stuff right out of the produce section, and immediately add it to just about any dish that you want. Making whole wheat pasta, which also is a brain boosting food, with a few cloves of garlic can make for a fantastic and filling treat that helps your brain and your stomach as well!

Garlic

Garlic

Walnuts

If you want to add a brain and heart healthy treat to your commute then think about buying a big bag of walnuts. Walnuts can be a crunchy treat that you can take with you to work, to the gym, and everywhere in between. These nuts are a great source of alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which helps promote blood flow, aiding the delivery of oxygen to your brain. ALA was used in a study on mice and it found that when regularly fed walnuts, their memory and motor skills improved greatly. We’re not saying that walnuts are a miracle treat, but they are definitely on the upper end of something you can eat by the handful without feeling any guilt. Avoid walnuts that have been roasted or otherwise flavored as the excess sodium used in cooking will render their healthy benefits pretty much pointless. Raw, uncooked, walnuts are the place to go.

Walnuts

Walnuts

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