What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? We always know that what we eat affects our body. The brain is kind of a big deal. As the central nervous system of our body, it is responsible for keeping our heart beating, lungs breathing, allowing us to move, feel and think.
The food we eat plays a vital role in keeping our brain healthy and can improve specific mental tasks, such as memory and concentration. Here are some specific foods, recommended by ZevA Dietitians that boost your brain.
When people talk about brain foods, fish is often at the top of the list. Fishes like salmon, trout and sardines, are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The brain uses omega-3s to build the nerve cells, and these fats are essential for learning and memory.
This is one of the healthiest fruit you can consume all time. Avocados contains both vitamin K and folate and can help prevent blood clots in the brain (protecting against stroke) as well as improve cognitive function, both memory and concentration.
Blueberries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Antioxidants act against both oxidative stress and inflammation, conditions that may contribute to brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Get a daily dose of brain berries in a Blueberry Smoothie or a Blueberry Pancake.
Dark Chocolate is actually good for your brain. Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are packed with brain-boosting compounds, like flavonoids, caffeine and antioxidants. The flavonoids in chocolate helps the brain that deal with learning and memory.
Nuts have healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin E. All nuts are good for your brain, walnuts may have an extra edge, since they also have omega-3 fatty acids.