A sharper mind is just a snack away! We’ve shown you what foods can protect against allergies, boost energy, libido, and aid in detoxification, but did you know there are even foods that can make you smarter? These 10 foods have been proven to enhance memory, concentration, and protect against age-related diseases like, alzheimer’s and dementia. With their abundance of brain-boosting vitamins and minerals, these foods just might be the most brilliant way to start your day!
Research and studies have proven that eating a handful of walnuts per day may help boost memory and concentration. The spike these nuts provide for cognitive health is believed to be because of their abundance of vitamin E, folate, melatonin, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids. With a high vitamin E consumption proven to lower ones risk for Alzheimer’s, walnuts are a smart snack choice!
Anti-inflammatory, mood-boosting, and immune-boosting, blueberries seem to do it all! Studies have shown that diets rich in blueberries improved the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to younger rats. Blueberries help to keep the brain active and honed due to their high antioxidant content, which helps stimulate the blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
This dark leafy green is packed with antioxidants that protect your brain from harmful free-radicals. An overabundance of free radicals in the brain has been linked to numerous mental degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. Spinach is also rich in Folate, a B-vitamin that has proven beneficial to brain health and is especially helpful in fighting dementia.
The same nutrient in avocado that boosts brain power is the same one that makes this superfood rich and creamy, oleic acid. Oleic acid is a fatty acid that helps build myelin in the brain. Myelin is a coating of insulation that helps you process information more quickly and efficiently.
A new study suggests that a daily dose of beet juice boosts blood flow to the brain, sharpening your mind and warding off dementia and other age related diseases. This is because the natural nitrates in beets increase bloom flow to the brain, making Goji Beet Mixer, the smartest start to the day!
Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a phytochemical that protects the brain cells from the damage caused by free radicals. So add a tomato to your sandwich or try our Homemade Tomato Juice and you can improve your mental capacity as well as fight dementia.
Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which serves to improve your memory and problem-solving skills, as well as mental speed. Pumpkin seeds are also rich in niacin, a substance that has been proven to decrease anxiety. Since anxiety is known to impact ones ability to concentrate, pumpkin seeds counteract this, helping your brain to function at its best!
Broccoli is high in fiber and antioxidants, both of which are essential in maintaining brain health. But, the nutritent that really takes broccoli over the top in terms of brain capacity is Vitamin K. Vitamin K has been shown to positively impact psychomotor behavior and cognition, by helping to synthesize sphingolipids, which participate in cell- to-cell interactions.
Curry contains turmeric, a spice that in turn contains the anti-inflammatory antioxidant curcumin. Research has shown that curcumin is beneficial in repairing the brains stem cells and helps keep the brain functioning at its best.
This delicate herb keeps your neurotransmitters strong and has been shown to boost brain performance and enhance memory. In fact, numerous research and scientific studies have found that adults who had taken sage oil capsules performed significantly better in memory tests. It is believed that sage protects the ‘chemical messengers’ which carry information in the brain and are essential to memory. This proves conclusively, this herb is quite aptly named.