Boost Your Brain Power with Food!
By Sara Butler
When most people make food choices, they think about flavor or calories. But one of the things they should be thinking about is how the food they're eating impacts their brain! What you eat has a huge effect on your brain function and memory. If you feel as if you could you a bit of a boost when it comes to brain power, consider adding some of these foods to your diet.
Blueberries are delicious and also contain a powerful compound called polyphenols that help to fight inflammation. Studies have found that blueberry supplements have helped older adults to improve their memories.
Turmeric is one of the spices that has gotten a lot of attention lately, but it’s not all just hype! Several research studies have found that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric improve cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The main compound in turmeric, curcumin, is responsible for these benefits.
The health of your gut impacts the health of your brain. That’s why probiotics have garnered so much attention over the past few years. But you can get probiotics from other sources, not just yogurt or kefir. In fact, asparagus is a great source of prebiotic fiber that improves the health of your gut while boosting brainpower.
Pumpkin seeds are incredibly good for you because they are a great source of zinc. Zinc has been found to boost brain function and memory. So, throw a few pepitas on your dinner salad or soup and start to reap the benefits!
Avocados are so good for you, they should be mythical. They contain good fats that are so healthy for your heart, but the benefits don’t end there. They also contain fats that help to reduce oxidative stress in the brain, helping to lower the risk of brain-related conditions and improve memory.
Coffee is awesome, but not just because it helps to get you going in the morning. Studies show that the stimulant effect of caffeine also helps you to be sharper mentally and retain information better. That coffee habit may not be such a bad thing, as long as it’s not keeping you up at night!
There are compounds found in broccoli called glucosinolates. Researchers say they help to fortify your memory and help the brain to function at its very best. Plus, broccoli is delicious, so this is no hardship.
Food nourishes every part of your body, so don't neglect your brain!
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