What you eat can affect everything from your mood to your heart health to how your brain functions. Find out how you can keep your mental strength at a peak performance level, through food.
You might already be doing this, without realizing it. But here’s how you can take control.
Eat Smart to Feel Smart
Yes: Brainfood is a real thing.
Do you recall when your parents or teachers coerced you into eating certain foods, with the promise that this food will make you taller, smarter, stronger, etc? It turns out that this is not a sham! Science backs the claim that adding certain foods to your diet can increase brain functions.
Are you curious about which foods feed your brain? Consider adding these choices to your plate before a big meeting or a test.
Avocados contain both vitamin K and folate, which are linked to improving cognitive functions. Compared to other fruits, avocados have the highest level of protein. Get a headstart to your day with a helping of Avocado Toast. It can make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast.
Blueberries are a powerhouse of nutrients, vitamins, and all of the good-somethings that your mind and body need to function at 100%. These small but mighty berries contain high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and gallic acid. Gallic acid is incredible for brain function because it can protect the brain from stress. Get your daily dose of nutrients with a Blueberry Pomegranate Parfait.
We’re big fans of broccoli. Commonly known as a “super veggie,” broccoli is rich in vitamins and minerals, some of which are essential for positive living. Just one cup of broccoli will supply you more than enough of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. And because it’s also packed with choline, it can help to sharpen your memory.
4. Dark Chocolate
You might not need any convincing about this one, but it can benefit you to eat more dark chocolate. In a 2006 study completed on 16 healthy young people, researchers found that after consuming a single dose of flavanol-rich cocoa, the individuals experienced increased blood flow to grey matter in the brain.
The data suggest that cocoa flavanols can have the potential to be used “for treatment of vascular impairment, including dementia and strokes, and thus for maintaining cardiovascular health.”
6. Dark, Leafy Greens
You can count on this clique of dark, leafy greens to benefit your brain functions: kale, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, and as you know, broccoli.
The reason? According to a study published in Neurology, healthy seniors who were given daily portions of leafy green veggies ended up experiencing a slower rate of cognitive decline, compared to the seniors who ate little to no greens. This could be linked to the high levels of vitamin K and folate.
Memory Boosters on Your Plate
Challenge yourself to a little experiment. Incorporate these foods into your diet and let us know if you feel a difference in your everyday life. Do you feel more energized? Do you feel smarter? Do you feel more alert? Start the conversation. Leave a comment or a question below.
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