Food for Thought: Eat to Boost Your Brainpower

by Mary on October 23rd, 2016

They’re called ‘superfoods’, foods that are extra good for the body. Add them to your diet to help maintain a healthy brain for the rest of your life. Research shows that certain nutrients can enhance memory and sharpen your focus. Here are a few of these brain-boosting foods.

Beets

Beets
It’s hard to beat beets when it comes to improving mental performance. The natural nitrates in this root vegetable can increase blood flow to the brain. There are many healthy side dishes you can prepare to creatively add beets to your meal.

Whole Grain Breads
Whole Grains

Energize your body and brain get more glucose. Whole grains, which release glucose into the bloodstream, give you a long-lasting mental boost. Whole grain cereals, bread, rice and pasta do the trick, and taste great too.

Improve memory with blueberriesBlueberries
Improve memory, or delay memory loss, by snacking on a cup of blueberries daily in whichever form you prefer, be it fresh, frozen or dried. They protect the brain with antioxidants which studies indicate stave off the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Daily cup of tea
Tea

Enjoy two or three cups of freshly brewed tea, not bottled or powdered, to improve focus, memory and mood. The small amount of caffeine in tea comes into play as to powerful antioxidants that enhance blood flow.

Salmon - omega 3 fats
Oily Fish

Fish high in omega-3 fats, such as sardines, herring, salmon and mackerel, promote healthy brain function and are also good for the heart and joints. The naturally occurring oil found in fish are thought to decrease memory loss and risk of Alzheimer’s disease, help in stress management and encourages the production of the mood-improving brain chemical, serotonin.

Want to learn more? Here are more foods that boost the brain.

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