Do you know about “brain food”? I’m sure you would have heard of it. We constantly need our brain to stay active (with all the hustling and bustling and huffing and puffing that goes on in our busy lives) and there are certain foods that are very helpful in keeping the brain up to speed and active, with the bonus of adding good health to it too.
Our brain needs the goodness of some nutrients from the food that we eat to work at its best, and also sharpen its functions like concentration and memory.
Here are some of the foods that are brain food and you need to include them in your diet ASAP to become smarter than you already are! Doesn’t hurt being smarter, right?
- Coffee and dark chocolate
All you coffee lovers are loving this already. Coffee is good for the brain, as mentioned, as it boosts attentiveness and improves concentration, but also, it helps you get into a better mood. So, morning coffee is a great way to start the day! Dark chocolate and cocoa powder are also booster of memory and mood.
- Fatty fish
A lot of people already know how fatty fish is good for the brain. It is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is what most of our brain is also made of. These fatty acids give the brain very powerful health benefits like fighting depression and anxiety, build cognitive function, help brain health during pregnancy and early life, improve mental disorders. It can also fight mental decline that happens due to growing age and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Fatty Fish is a champion for brain health!
Turmeric, as a spice that is used in cooking food, is very useful for the brain too. It has an ingredient called curcumin, which is one of the best for brain cells. This ingredient in turmeric helps boost memory and stimulates the growth of new brain cells too.
Now we’re talking! From the many health benefits that blueberries provide us with, there are a few that cater to our brain. These delicious things have neuro-protective effects that fight against brain diseases and brain aging. They also develop the communication between the brain cells and keep them healthy. A blueberry smoothie sounds real good right about now!
- Pumpkin seeds
These seeds are the vitamin house for the brain. These seeds are full of iron, magnesium, zinc and copper which are the vitamins that boost the brain – controlling nerve signals, enhancing memory and learning capacity. According to research, pumpkin seeds also help in keeping cancerous cells from entering the brain.
If you grew up with your mother feeding you nuts during exams, you know they ought to be good for the brain. Nuts have various nutrients that are great for the cognitive part of our brain and it sharpens memory (hence they pay visits more often during exams). Walnuts, almonds and cashews are the nuts that are popularly used (especially by mothers).