At times, my sweet tooth gets the best of me. Since my mother is from the south, she constantly had sweets on the table since her mother had sweets in house. A couple things help me out when I have a craving. When it’s summer, fresh fruit does the trick and during the winter, I always enjoy hot tea.
Sometimes a snack is not enough. I also need to exercise my brain and become more active. Exercising the brain by challenging it with puzzles and other methods isn’t the only way to maintain brain health. There are some foods you should add to your diet plan which will boost your brain power and also add to your overall physical good health.
The seven most popular superfoods which have been proven to boost brain power include:
- Walnuts – Eating a handful of walnuts increases the amount of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to the proper functioning of the brain’s neurotransmitters. I can eat these by the handful.
- Wild Salmon – Our brains consist of approximately 60% fat and require fatty acids to keep its ability to function properly. Wild salmon contains DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which provides the ability to resist Alzheimer’s disease and to prevent inflammation in the body and mind. To switch mine up a bit, I chop mine into bits and a make a quick sandwich for lunch.
- Broccoli – High in the nutrient, choline, which helps with the continued growth of brain cells and connecting neurotransmitters, broccoli is also rich in Vitamin K which helps in brain functioning such as cognitive skills. These go good dipped in balsamic dressing as a quick snack before dinner.
- Green tea – Known for years to help the neurotransmitters in the brain communicate with each other, green tea can effectively boost your concentration ability as well as prevent dementia. Drinking two to three cups of green tea per day may also reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. I add a small drop of lemon to wake me up.
- Tomatoes – Tomatoes contain lycopene, a fighter of free radical damage to the brain cells which normally affect dementia. They can also reduce risk of stroke and improve your mental acuity. If you can’t eat these straight, you can always put it in with your soups. My mom makes hers into gravy and pours it over her rice.
- Turmeric – Adding some turmeric to your diet can help to keep your brain active and strong and also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Sprinkle some turmeric over your food or add it to beverages. This healthy spice contains curcumin, which is essential to brain health. It brings a different taste to your meal.
- Dark Chocolate – Your entire body can benefit from the addition of dark chocolate to your diet plan. It’s especially good for the brain because of its powerful antioxidants and also contains flavonoids which increase blood circulation – especially to the brain. It may take some getting used to, but it’s really good.
Another food which can significantly play a role in the health of your brain is acorn squash, which contains the B12 vitamin and folic acid. Both of these help prevent nerve damage and shrinkage of the brain.
Blueberries are also known to keep your brain at its very best with the flavonoids it contains which protect against free radicals and also play a significant part in improving cognitive skills and boosting memory. Add these brain power foods to your diet plan to stave off the effects that aging has on your brain and body.
So you can that hearty and dense foods added to your diet can improve body and mind. Can you think of any other foods that will add to your brain power?
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