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4 Brain-Boosting Foods

We all want happy, healthy brains right? We’re aiming for excellent memory, saying an easy goodbye to brain fog, and hello to thinking clearly all day long. Isn’t this the dream? The good news is, there are certain foods that are all about boosting and protecting your brain’s health. And it doesn’t end there, these foods work to improve the clarity of your mind TODAY as well as helping to prevent disease later in life. So as you can see, adding these foods into your lifestyle is a no-brainer (pun intended!) Check out our top 4 brain-boosting foods below:

4 Foods that Help Boost your Brain Health:

Olive Oil:

Bread with tomatoes drizzled with Olive Oil

Yup, you heard me right. Firstly, research shows that olive oil has neuroprotective properties, these properties work hard to keep your brain happy and healthy throughout life.

Secondly, it turns out that olive oil is packed with nutrients that cool down inflammation in your body and stimulates the body’s built-in repair systems.

Sounds like a total must-eat!

The long and the short of it is, have a heavy hand when pouring, please note I didn’t say drizzle, I said POUR, olive oil over your salad, toast, eggs… everything. I mean the research tells us that you can’t go wrong with consuming a liter of olive oil a week.

Omega 3’s

Ok, seriously, Omega 3 is vital in boosting your mental health. Above all, these powerhouse Omega 3 fatty acids essentially make it easier for your brain to send signals and messages through your body. This means that they help make your brain work more fluidly. This intern helps improve your ability to make decisions, improves your attention span as well as helps your planning skills. Can I get a woop woop!

Pan fried Salmon on a bed of asparagus

The best sources of Omega 3s are found in SMASH fish. This stands for salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, and herring. We should ideally be eating these fish 2 to three times a week to make sure you’re getting enough Omega 3’s to have these brain-boosting effects.

More brain-boosting foods:

Berries:

For example, blackberries, blueberries, mulberries even goji berries. These berries are packed full of antioxidants that work hard to clear your body of damaged cells. Most importantly, research shows that 2 to 3 servings of berries a week can actually slow down aging of the brain. I say yes to that. Also, good to know, freezing berries won’t noticeably impact the antioxidant content of the berries. This is excellent as it means you can have these magical brain-boosting foods on hand all year round.  

Avocados:

Lady holding a sliced avo

Turns out avo’s are full of nutrients that are known to be powerful brain boosters. Get this, these nutrients work to speed up the pace between seeing something and internalizing the info. This helps in all things, like for instance how fast you can read all the way to improving your performance in sports.

Kay.. dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and broccoli are also rich in these nutrients… but excuse me whilst I fixate on the delish avo.

This means that eating green goodies literally optimizes your life! So, the next time someone is like ‘eating rabbit food again?’ I’m going to be like, actually, this is brain-boosting food. Whose with me?

Remember:

The food we eat gives us so much control over our health today, AND it also impacts how we feel in 10, 20, 30 years from now. You have so much power at the end of your fork, use it wisely. Start by adding these powerful brain-boosting foods into your lifestyle.

If you want to learn more about the power of food check out our blog on 4 Foods that Boost your Mood.

Plate with a Fork

References:

School of Greatness, 2020. Optimize your brain health how to prevent Alzheimer’s. Found at: https://lewishowes.com/podcast/optimize-your-brain-health-how-to-prevent-alzheimers-with-dr-lisa-mosconi/

Gundry MD, 2016. 5 Amazing Olive Oil Benefits (Eat more. Now!) Found at: https://gundrymd.com/olive-oil-benefits/

James A. Joseph et al., 1999. Reversals of Age-Related Declines in Neuronal Signal Transduction, Cognitive, and Motor Behavioral Deficits with Blueberry, Spinach, or Strawberry Dietary Supplementation. Found at: https://www.jneurosci.org/content/19/18/8114

Lugavere M and Grewal, P M.D. 2018. Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life 

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