When it comes to brain health and performance, good nutrition is key! Studies have shown certain foods can improve concentration, memory, and overall cognitive health.
Harvard Health states, “Research shows that the best brain foods are the same ones that protect your heart and blood vessels”.
Consider adding these top 5 brain boost foods to your menu!
- Love Leafy Greens: Munch on kale, arugula, spinach - just to name a few. Green leafy vegetables are a rich source of nutrients such as folate, vitamin K, phylloquinone, nitrate, and lutein. Studies show that eating green leafy vegetables daily can slow cognitive decline.
- Fantastic Fatty fish: Consider salmon, trout, albacore tuna, herring, and sardines, all of which are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is a major building block of the brain and has been shown to improve memory, mood, and may protect your brain against cognitive decline.
- Beneficial Berries: Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, oh my! Many berries contain flavonoid antioxidants. A 2014 review notes that the antioxidant compounds in berries have many positive effects on the brain, including:, improving communication between brain cells, increasing plasticity, which helps brain cells form new connections. Boosting learning and memory
- Dark Chocolate: Look for chocolate with at least 70% cacao. In a 2018 study, researchers looked at the effects of dark chocolate on the brain. The researchers concluded that eating dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao may improve brain plasticity. Brain plasticity is crucial for learning.
- Walnuts. Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats. However, walnuts in particular might also improve memory. A 2015 study from UCLA linked higher walnut consumption to improved cognitive test scores.
Remember to put these brain boosting foods on your shopping list!
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