What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. While we’ve always known that what we eat affects our bodies and how we look, scientists are also learning more and more that what we eat takes a toll on our brains.
The connection between what goes in your body and how your brain performs is a strong one. All of these nutritional tips will provide you with delicious and brain-healthy ways to eat.
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Fish – The ultimate brain food with omega-3 fatty acids, eat fish a few times a week for a healthy mind. Try to avoid mercury-heavy fish such as swordfish and stick with safer fish such as salmon.
Avocado – Avocados have vitamin K and folate which help prevent blood clots in the brain. They also help improve memory and concentration.
Whole grains – Two and a half servings of whole grains a day can significantly reduce your chance for a stroke and other chronic diseases.
Olive oil – This miracle elixir has been shown to break up clots in capillaries, improve learning and memory.
Rosemary – Carnosic acid is one of the main ingredients in rosemary which helps protect the brain from neurodegeneration. It does this by protecting the brain against chemical free radicals.
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Onions – Onions have antioxidant enzymes that may help block damage to the blood-brain barrier.
Superfoods – Ever heard of Goji berries? What do they have in common with blueberries? They are both part of the new group called superfoods. These foods offer a megadose of nutrients that help prevent disease and improve vitality and longevity.
Cooked food – Eating a raw food diet is a recipe for disaster if you’re trying to boost your brainpower. That’s because humans would have to spend more than 9 hours a day eating to get enough energy from unprocessed raw food alone to support our large brains. It’s all about balance, be sure to eat some cooked meals with natural heat sources to ensure your brain has the proper fuel to operate on all cylinders.
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Breakfast – It may be known as the most important meal of the day, but it is now considered the best meal for your brain too. According to a study, those who eat breakfast have better overall nutrient consumption, along with improved cognitive function and performance, which includes better memory and attention, than those who don’t. Not all breakfast food is healthy and if it tastes like a dessert, it probably isn’t good for you. Try to lower the amount of sugar in your breakfast for a healthy start to the day.
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