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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Brain Boosting Foods


If you’re feeling like your brain is foggy, slow and you’re finding it hard to remember things and generally keep on top of your day-to-day life, you might need to add more of these brain-boosting foods to your diet.

1. Water
Your body is 70% water, your brain is 70% water and you want to be able to hydrate that. Your brain is only about 2% of your body mass but it requires 20% of the nutrients so keep that water up!

2. Avocados
Containing good, healthy fats, avocados increase a number of different feel-good chemicals in the brain. Avocados are also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids that assist with brain function, mood regulation, and emotions.

3. Blueberries
These 'brain berries' are full of anthocyanins. Blueberries provide anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which help combat brain aging and neurodegenerative diseases and also supports improved communication between brain cells.

4. Broccoli
Your mum was right! Broccoli is good for your health and for your brain because it is high in antioxidants as well as Vitamin K so it helps protect the brain against damage and helps with better memory function.

5. Coconut Oil
The fatty acids in coconut oil are good for your brain and have even been linked to supporting people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

6. Eggs
There are a number of reasons why eggs are great for the brain, with essential fatty acids, Vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline, which help to regulate mood, memory and cognitive function.

7. Green Leafy Vegetables
Containing large amounts of folate, green leafy vegetables and spinach, in particular, can help reduce symptoms of depression and are very neuroprotective.

8. Wild Salmon
The Omega-3 fatty acids in wild salmon (and sardines) are good for the brain. If you’re not getting enough of this essential fatty acid you may notice a cognitive decline, emotional imbalances and mood issues.

9. Turmeric
Turmeric, extremely good for the brain with great anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric helps to improve memory, ease depression and help new brain cells grow.

10. Walnuts
Nuts, and in particular Walnuts improve cognition and memory and slow mental decline. Even if you notice, we look at a walnut, it looks like what? It looks like the human brain. Walnuts also contain Omega-3 fatty acids so there’s double the reason to enjoy these nuts for brain health.

11. Dark Chocolate
Saving the best for last, eat dark chocolate for your brain (and your taste buds!). Dark chocolate boosts concentration, mood and actually improves blood flow to the brain. The darker the chocolate, the better!

Words and picture above taken from article, with all related research links, here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan

38 comments:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Some very good suggestions here which we do use. Turmeric, spinach, eggs for instance ... oh and chocolates.

Thanx for this, Jan. God bless.

Christine said...

I like all of these foods!

J C said...

This fits perfectly into my life right now, balancing between husband illness and my own. Brain power foods is exactly what I need. After 18 months of isolation from covid, I am ready to exercise my brain more. Printing this out. Thanks!

Tom said...

...and my brain needs a lot boosting.

aussie aNNie said...

Out with the tumeric, more than ever, mmmm not a chocolate fan but now and again with take a bit of hubby's packet.xxx

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la entrada es muy informativa. Te mando un beso

Martha said...

Great suggestions but I do all of these on a regular basis (except avocados) and still foggy - getting old is not for wimps!

Elephant's Child said...

I need all the help I can get and happily I do eat most of these foods regularly.

Margaret D said...

Help is always needed :)

Valerie-Jael said...

These are all great foods! Have a great weekend, Valerie

Jo said...

I eat lots of those foods but I could do better.

Hootin' Anni said...

I'll consume (and do) all but#5 & 11.

Jeff said...

With the exception of broccoli, which I eat but don't get excited about, the rest of these food (and water) are favorites!

CJ Kennedy said...

i eat a lot of these foods and they don't help me. 😺

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
Great info and post. I do love blueberries, dark chocolate, eggs and salmon.
I have been forgetting to add coconut oil to my shopping list.
Happy weekend!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I don't eat as much wild salmon as I should, but Miriam is not fond of it. And we never have chocolate of any kind in the house. Other than that everything listed above is a regular component of my diet.

Jeanie said...

My brain needs all the help it can get. I'm gad I like most of those!

DVArtist said...

I eat most of these food. Good post.

Stevenson Q said...

hello Jan, I was just googling about superfoods just a few days ago and I notice that Blueberries and other berries are always part of any list! Too bad we can't grow theme here in the tropics but I may find some frozen ones to try some time. They may not be as fresh but hopefully there are still the key nutrients in them.

R's Rue said...

I love blueberries and broccoli. I could do better though. Have a great day my friend.

happyone said...

Lots of good foods here and I do eat most of them.

bill burke said...

Good suggestions, I eat most of these now.

Gloria Baker said...

Love blueberries and dark chocolate!
Have a nice weekend!

Mary Kirkland said...

I like all of that with the exception of the tumeric.

William Kendall said...

I love blueberries.

Lisabella Russo said...

These are excellent, thank you very much!

Teresa said...

Muy buenos productos. Besos.

Conniecrafter said...

Doing pretty good, I have about 80% of these things :)

riitta k said...

Happy Father’s Day! Finland celebrates fathers in November.

Martha said...

I really enjoy many of these.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I always try to sneak tumeric in a dish when it works.

Divers and Sundry said...

I enjoy all of these but didn't realize they had this quality in common. Thanks!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderfully informative post ~ like 'save the best for last.'Xo

Live in the moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

DeniseinVA said...

This looks like the perfect Father's Day meal. Fun to look at and to read, thanks Jan :)

Ananka said...

Apart from the Salmon, I eat most of them!

Sami said...

Great informative post Jan. I eat/use all of them :)

Iris Flavia said...

Great, love most (just not salmon).

Magic Love Crow said...

Great list! Thank you Jan! Big Hugs!