The term 'brain food' refers to the kind of food that provides sufficient vitamins and minerals to help your brain provide and maintain its most vital functions, such as concentration, memory, and powering other organs. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite brain-boosting foods.
Now, don’t be put off by the term ‘fatty’. The kind of fat we’re talking about here is the good kind, which is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps to improve the structure of our neurones, which are fundamental cells in the brain that help us to function.
As the body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids of its own accord, it’s so important for us to consume this in our food.
Broccoli is brimming with essential compounds that, when broken down, can offer a variety of health benefits to the brain and body. Benefits include helping to reduce the impact that damaging environmental aggressors may have on the brain when inhaled (oxidative stress).
This fluffy green vegetable is also packed with vitamin K and essential fat-soluble vitamins that make up brain cells.
Luckily for you, you can pour as many of these sweet little berries onto your porridge as you like as they boast powerful anti-oxidant properties. These anti-oxidants are beneficial to the brain in that they help reduce oxidative stress, which we previously mentioned, and they help to positively impact the way the brain ages.
Nuts, particularly peanuts and walnuts, have a substantial stash of vitamin E in them which can help protect brain cell membranes from damage and reduce cognitive decline. Walnuts are especially good as they contain those wonderful brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids, too. Have you ever noticed how walnuts are actually shaped like a brain? It’s no wonder, as they are one of the best brain-boosting foods you can have!
We thought we’d throw in this one because we love to hear it. Cacao, which is found in chocolate, contains powerful antioxidants that can positively benefit our cognitive function and mood.
Some studies showed that pomegranate-rich diets have significant positive impacts on brain health, especially for people with Alzheimer's disease. They are also a good source of antioxidants, which help protect the brain from free radicals damage.
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