By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Brain Healthy Foods to Supercharge Your Mind!
Eating these top 10 brain-healthy foods allows your body to assimilate the vital nutrients when you make them a part of a complete meal! Eat the rainbow; in the list below you, will see varying shades of leafy greens, blue, orange, and yellow!
Avocados- these green powerhouses are packed with monosaturated fats or healthy fats, keeping blood sugar levels steady, and your skin glowing and support reducing the risk of cognitive decline.
Blueberries- “Brain Berries” are among the highest antioxidant-rich foods known to man, including vitamin C and K and fiber. Because of their high levels of gallic acid, blueberries are especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress. Blueberries are a good idea to add to any meal.
Broccoli- Thanks to its high vitamin K and choline levels, it will help with cognitive function. Loaded with vitamin C, just one cup provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fiber levels mean that you’ll feel full quickly, too.
Coconut Oil- When it comes to brain healthy foods, coconut oil is full of brain and health benefits, too. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation. It can help improve memory loss and destroy harmful bacteria in your gut.
Eggs– Yolks contain significant amounts of choline, which helps in fetal brain development for pregnant women. It also breaks down bethane, a chemical that produces hormones related to happiness. I love saying that eggs have health benefits of joy.
Green leafy veggies- Loaded with vitamins A and K (just one cup of kale has more than 684 percent of your recommended daily serving!), which helps fight inflammation and keep bones strong. Reap the health benefits of these brain healthy foods is salads, smoothies, and soups.
Wild Caught Salmon– Salmon is one of the most nutritious, brain healthy foods out there. It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids to help keep your brain running smoothly and can improve memory.
Turmeric- Helps boost antioxidant levels and keep your immune system healthy while also improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information.
Walnuts- Just munching on a few walnuts a day can improve your cognitive function. Their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals also improve mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer’s.
Dark Chocolate-Not all chocolate is created equal; in fact, dark chocolate can be good for you! Chocolate is full of flavonols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart. Yes, dark chocolate is my favorite brain healthy food.
** Bonus tip- WATER! Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate, and when you lose too much water, that balance is disrupted. Your brain cells lose efficiency.
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