10 Foods To Boost Your Brainpower
Written by: Kirsten Cowart
Having a healthy brain is one of the most important aspects of your life. When your brain is working properly, you can think clearly, remember, learn, balance your emotions, plan for the future, connect with others and regulate your hormones and body functions.
With a healthy mind, you can ground properly while still planning for a happy and successful life. With a healthy brain, you can slow down and enjoy the moment, feeling true peace and happiness.
All of these wonderful things start with maintaining the health of your brain. Your brain is only as good as the ingredients you put into it. Recently, we talked about what not to put in your body, because those things will hurt your brain.
Now we are going to discuss the many wonderful ingredients that you should eat in order to maintain a healthy brain.
1. Blueberries – When I was in school, one of my physiology professors suggested that we eat blueberries before taking a test. He said that it would increase the blood flow to our frontal cortex, helping us think more clearly. Since then, blueberries have become one of my favorite brain boosting foods. Tufts University also proved that eating blueberries can improve short-term memory.
2. Pumpkin Seeds – ‘Tis the season for pumpkin, so why not pick up some delicious pumpkin seeds as well? Just one handful per day of these wonderful seeds and you will get the zinc you need to improve your thinking and enhance your memory.
3. Broccoli – These cute little green trees will give you an awesome amount of vitamin K that is important for improving your brainpower and cognitive function.
4. Sage – Sage is a wonderful ingredient that can be added to your diet in a fresh form or as an essential oil. It has a great reputation for improving your memory!
5. Walnuts – Though many nuts are great for you, walnuts are known for their great effects on the brain. Maybe that is why they look like little brains. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, having a good amount of vitamin E in your diet will help prevent cognitive decline. Walnuts are a great source of vitamin E.
6. Leafy Greens – Since we are talking about vitamin E, another great source of it is green leafy vegetables. They will protect your mind from mental decline while helping keep the rest of your body healthy as well.
7. Avocado – One delicious serving of avocado has over 20 vitamins that your body needs. Research has also shown that they contain monounsaturated fats, which are healthy for the body and keep the nerves functioning properly.
8. Coconut Oil – With only one spoonful of coconut oil, you will feel its amazing brain-boosting power. MCTs (or medium chain triglycerides) are found inside of coconut oil. MCTs have been found to boost your brain, especially when you are older or suffering from memory problems such as Alzheimer’s. This isn’t one of those things that will take months and months either. Improvement can be felt after only one 40 ml dose!
9. Cacao Nibs – This mostly unheard of food has been found to be way better for your brain than dark chocolate. Eating the beans that make chocolate before they have been processed is the key to this awesome brain boost. Cacao nibs are made from the beans after being roasted, separated from the husk and broken into smaller bits.
The cacao nibs have a bunch of awesome minerals and antioxidants and are a great source of magnesium. Magnesium is needed for nerve and muscle function. Your brain will thank you for adding more of this into your diet.
10. Turmeric – Last but certainly not least is the powerful turmeric root. Turmeric has a natural anti-inflammatory effect that can help many different parts of your body. It has also been found to be more effective than Prozac when it comes to helping people with depression.
Turmeric can boost your body’s natural stem cells and actually regenerate brain cells. In the Journal of Psychopharmacology, it is reported that curcumin, the main ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to improve mood and cognition in older adults.
If you focus on taking care of your brain, it will take care of you while carrying you forward for many healthy and happy years. What do you do to keep your brain healthy? Let us know your experiences in the comments below.
Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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