People tend to focus so much on keeping our bodies healthy that we forget to give that same attention to our brains. It is vital that we keep our thinkers sharp, so here are some foods that fuel your brainpower.
Blueberries: Web MD tells us that ingesting this super food may reduce effects of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Blueberries also improve mental capacity and motor skill development. Just another great reason to add blueberries to your daily diet. *These tests were conducted on rats. I, in no way, shape, or form promote or condone animal testing, I am simply passing on the info.*
Carrots: Clearly Bugs Bunny had it right all along! Carrots, along with some other yummy veggies contain luteolin, which according to Live Science aids in reducing inflammation of the brain and age-related memory issues!
Salmon: This fish is so tasty that I eat it for the flavor alone, but the mental and physical benefits make it that much more appealing. BBC Good Food boasts that because our bodies don’t make essential fatty acids, eating fish with high levels of DHA and EPA are vital to brain and eye development and maintenance.
Eggs: We do not need to be reminded that eggs are awesome, but what you may not know is that they help improve your memory. Shape Magazine tells us, “Eating protein-rich foods like eggs for breakfast can improve overall cognitive performance.” What an excellent reason to work eggs into your diet! (photo credit)
Greek Yogurt: This tasty treat is not only a great source of protein, but according to Men’s Health, Greek yogurt also provides a great source of calcium to ward off crankiness, slow thinking, and anxiety, which are all functions of the brain. (photo credit)
Avocado: A vital part of brain function is healthy blood flow, which is necessary for our brains to perform at their best. The monounsaturated fats in avocados actually improve blood circulation!
Spinach: We know leafy greens are a great source of protein, but the magnesium and potassium in spinach also aids in the proper function of learning and memory. Popeye’s preferred vegetable is also an excellent source of vitamins E and B6!
Grapes: Get your daily servings of fruit and improve your brain health by adding grapes to your diet. Grapes contain necessary antioxidants that attack bad guys called free radicals, which try to damage brain cells. (photo credit)
Tomatoes: To contribute to brain growth, control possible inflammation, and make you sharp as a tack, reach for this brain superfood, says Psychology Today. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a nutrient that aids in gene regulation and is a natural antioxidant.
Water: Last but certainly the most important is water. Water makes up a larger part of the brain. Consequently, downing that necessary H2O keeps waste out, prevents overheating, and keeps neurotransmission at normal levels.