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The Best Foods to Improve Brain Health

By Stepy Kamei

You are what you eat. Surely you've heard this saying numerous times before, but it's worth repeating. And it should make sense that if you eat smart, you'll have a better chance of improving your brain health as well, which is good for upping your personal smart quotient. There are certain nutrients you should really make sure you're getting from your diet on a regular basis in order to ensure your brain is receiving the nourishment it needs to thrive. As you improve your overall diet, there's a strong likelihood that you'll begin to see many improvements to your overall health and wellness on a day to day basis.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are among the most important nutrients your brain needs and craves on a regular basis. Although the words "fatty" and "acid" may sound the exact opposite of healthy, they really are necessary for maintaining and improving brain function. Omega-3 fatty acids encourage healthy brain cell function. What's more is that numerous scientific studies have shown a correlation between consumption of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, and improved memory and focus. You can find healthy amounts of this vital nutrient in foods such as salmon, walnuts, flax seeds, and chia seeds. 

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral which is vital to many aspects of a person's physical and mental health and wellness. However, recent studies are beginning to see a link between magnesium intake and a person's likelihood of developing brain issues such as Alzheimer's disease. Be sure to get plenty of magnesium in your diet by adding dark leafy greens to your meals. Whole grains and cruciferous vegetables are also packed with this, and many other important nutrients.

Theanine

It's possible you've heard of the first two nutrients and not theanine. It's a less common mineral, and it's most readily found in green tea. Green tea also contains a compound known as epigallocatechin, or EGCG. These two ingredients combined offer a powerhouse of healthy brain function. Try replacing your morning cup of coffee with a cup of green tea. You'll still be getting caffeine, only without the jitters, as tea releases it in a slower manner. You'll also be doing wonders for not just the health of your brain, but of your skin and heart as well! 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Temecula, Calif. 

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