Become An Egghead With 15 Awesome Brain Foods
As we know, our body and mind are linked, so whatever we put into our body directly affects our brain, how we feel and how we function. Our brain is made up of 60% fat, so it needs to be protected given how vulnerable it is. Here are our top 15 brain foods to keep you forever young!
#1 Blueberry Booster
Blueberries aren’t just delicious little bites but also one of the most nutritious things you can eat. There are more antioxidants in one berry than in one super packed supplement, so eating even a handful is extraordinarily beneficial.
#2 Wholesome Whole Grains
Your body breaks down the carbs in whole grains very slowly, they’ll help your brain work its best for longer. Oatmeal is a really great way to kickstart your day, especially as you can top it off with other superfoods like blueberries and nuts.
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#3 Enriched Avocados
A lot of people are put off by the fact that avocados have a high fat content, but this is viewing the nutritional value of them through a periscope. In other words, it doesn’t take into account the whole picture. While yes, avocados are fattening, they are also a healthy fat your body actually needs to function. They’ll be digested slowly, meaning just like whole grains, your brain is given a stable level of energy.
The yolk in an egg is enriched with choline, a nutrient similar to a B vitamin, which helps the neurotransmitters in your brain maintain memory and brain function. Poached eggs are a good way to use less oil and other fattening substances if you want to cut down.
#5 Salmon Brainsurge
Salmon is one of nature’s richest form of DHA, which we need for brain function and a healthy working central nervous system. DHA is basically a fatty acid. Including salmon in your diet decreases your risk of depression and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.
#6 Broccoli Bunch
Supergreens of any variety are incredibly healthy for you. The leafy green substances provide nutrient rich meals without having to spend much or take too long preparing, plus broccoli is high in vitamin K. Researchers have found it’s also high in glucosinolates, a substance that prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter needed to keep the central nervous system working.
#7 Go Nuts
Nuts are another great source of vitamin E, which is not only good for your skin, hair and nails but has been shown to prevent cognitive decline, particularly in the elderly. The antioxidants and minerals also improve alertness, so they make a great snack if you feel yourself beginning to lag during the day.
#8 Zingy Tomatoes
Covering yourself in tomato purée is maybe not the best way to go with this, but trust us, you’ll think twice now. Tomatoes are full of carotenoids. These molecules in tomatoes help protect fat all over the body. How is this related to your brain you may ask? Your brain is mainly made up of fat, which need to be protected from free radicals.
#9 Pumpkin Seed Love
Pumpkin seeds aren’t the first thing you may think of when you think of eating foods to protect yourself and your brain. But they are in fact highly nutritious and including them regularly in your diet is advantageous, particularly if you want to boost brain health. Magnesium has a calming effect on the brain, whereas another nutrient in pumpkin seeds, omega-3 fatty acids, protect the brain.
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#10 Blackcurrant Boost
If you’ve never been berry picking as a child, you should really begin a love affair with all things berry related now, as they’re not only sweet and tasty but anti-ageing for the brain! They prevent inflammation in the brain and prevent memory-loss.
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#11 Sage Advice
This soft and savoury tasting herb has been proven to have active compounds in it similar to western medicine used to treat Alzheimer’s, and it prevents memory loss. Not only this but it contains powerful anti-inflammatories, so the fat of the brain is protected as well.
#12 Turmeric Taste
Turmeric has long been known as a spice that’ll help protect your body from infection or inflammation, especially the brain. Yet even more impressively, it can actually help regenerate a damaged brain or one suffering with neurological damage! Now that really displays brain power!
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#13 Leafy Loves
Kale has been touted as the superfood we should all embrace as a favourite in our diets, and for very good reasons! Kale not only tops the charts in nutrient and healthy fatty acid levels, it is packed with phytonutrients which promote cells to live longer and detoxes the body. The carotenoids fight cancer and boost your brain’s optimism levels.
#14 Black Bean and Lentil Duo
The powerful antioxidants in legumes, which both black beans and lentils fall under, prevent ageing, cell damage and fight disease. They’re rich in B vitamins, plant proteins, iron, folate, calcium, zinc and phosphorus. The low fat content means the brain isn’t damaged, as obesity issues put major pressure on the brain’s functions.
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#15 Dark Chocolate
We all know that chocolate makes our brain release endorphins, the natural ‘happy drug’, as well as reducing pain and stress. Dark chocolate is the purest form, with less sugar and additives. The flavonoids in dark chocolate prove to improve blood flow to the brain, which results in better memory, boosts reaction time and problem solving. So in that case, pass us the chocolate motherload!