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15 Super Foods That Boost Brain Power (#7 Is Too Good To Be True)
Everyone wants to follow a healthy diet for their body, but have you ever thought about a healthy diet for the brain?
Eating a diet that is healthy for the brain stimulates good blood flow to your noggin, which will improve concentration, learning, and memory, and it nourishes the neurons that stop the brain from degeneration.
Super foods are all great for the body, but there are some of them that also support the brain, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, poor sleep patterns, irritability, and low energy levels.
Protect your brain from possible degeneration, nourish your vital neurons, improve your memory, and boost the production of neurotransmitters by adding more of the following 15 super foods to your diet each week.
1. Bee Pollen
Bee pollen has a wide variety of nutrients, making it one of the perfect energizing foods. Bee pollen is about 40 percent protein. It is rich in B complex vitamins, amino acids, and folic acid, which can fight fatigue and improve the stamina of the brain. Feeling drained of energy in the afternoons? Forget the coffee or energy drinks — add a teaspoon of bee pollen to some juice or a smoothie for a boost of brain power that will easily get you through your day.
Tomatoes contain a powerful type of antioxidant called lycopene, which protects the brain from the damage that free radicals cause in the development of many different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
For a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and natural phytosterols that have been proven reverse brain aging in tests done with elderly rats, walnuts can’t be beat. In particular, walnuts have a type of omega-3 fat, DHA, which has been found to encourage brain healing and boost brain function. Studies show that eating walnuts increased inferential reasoning in young adults. Other studies have found that eating foods high in antioxidants, like walnuts, increases overall healthiness, as well improves cognitive and motor functioning in the elderly. Walnuts are high in fat and calories, true, but you don’t need to eat a pound to get all the healthy benefits they have to offer — all you need is an ounce (about a handful) each day.
4. Broccoli And Cauliflower
Broccoli is an amazing food for both brain and body. Broccoli is high in vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin K, and fiber. Combined, these nutrients protect the brain from free radical damage and improve blood circulation to the brain. Broccoli also removes heavy metals that can cause serious damage to the brain — especially aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Both broccoli and cauliflower are terrific sources of choline, an important B vitamin when it comes to the development of the brain. Both of these veggies are also good sources of the anti-inflammatory flavonoid kaempferol, as well as three important glucosinolates phytonutirents that help detox the body.
5. Sunflower Seeds And Pumpkin Seeds
If you think these tasty little snacks are just for kids, think again. Both of these seeds have brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and a rich mix of protein that gives you added energy, plus tryptophan, which the brain converts into serotonin. Serotonin naturally fights anxiety and depression by improving you mood. Just a handful of these seeds each day will give you the entire amount of virus-fighting zinc you need. Zinc has also been linked to an improved memory and thinking skills.
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