Let’s face it, we all know what we put in our bodies we get out, so why do we eat in a way that doesn’t support our health? Certain foods are superfoods. They boost different organs and systems in our bodies, the brain being the most important organ.
Food affects every action our body performs, from memory to energy level and mood. Have you experienced “brain fog” used to describe forgetfulness, confusion, and lack of attention? This overlooked condition can be frightening. Luckily, you can clean the mind of “brain fog” if you’re willing to pay attention to the food you eat rather than the calories you consume.
Focus on consuming nutrient-dense superfoods to help your brain performance thrive!
Go nuts for nuts! Especially walnuts, which are excellent for our nervous system and brain health. You’ll find they are an excellent source of omega three fatty acids; walnuts also contain high levels of Vitamin E which is linked to preventing forms of dementia by protecting against free radical damage in the brain. Raw nuts are fine but to supercharge them it is best to let them soak overnight, which makes them easier to digest.
A rich source of luteolin, celery is full of this compound that research shows lowers the rate of age-related memory loss by calming inflammation in the brain. Scientists and doctors believe inflammation to be the primary cause of neuro-degeneration. Next time you need a supercharged snack grab those celery sticks instead of something processed from the vending machine.
3. Bee Pollen
A spoon full of honey makes the medicine go down. A spoon full of honey may be the “medicine” itself since the wide range of naturally occurring nutrients found in bee pollen are found to be energizing. Bee pollens are chocked full of amino acids, folic acid, and are often around forty percent protein which helps to enhance our brain’s stamina and fight fatigue. When you need a brain boost, skip that cup of coffee and blend up a delicious smoothie with a teaspoon of bee pollen.
4. Sunflower & Pumpkin Seeds
Both contain an excellent mix of omega fatty acids, B vitamins, and protein—sunflower and pumpkin seeds will boost your energy levels. Also containing tryptophan, which the brain converts into serotonin which combats anxiety and eases depression. Finally, grabbing that handful of seeds will give you your daily recommended dose of zinc, which you could be missing. Zinc is linked to enhancing thinking skills and memory.
5. Dark Chocolate
Yep, I said chocolate! But not all chocolate is created equal. Look for quality, dark chocolate if you are looking for HEALTH benefits this superfood can provide. Rich in iron, magnesium, and fiber; which work to improve blood flow to the brain, improving memory and cognitive functioning. One of the most powerful antioxidants in the world, cacao surprisingly contains 15x more potent antioxidants than blueberries. Before you get too excited and grab that Snickers bar, watch yourself! Look for the good stuff, organic dark chocolate with AT LEAST 70% cacao. And enjoy!
6. Coconut Oil
We need oiled-machines! Our bodies and brain are made up of 60% fat. Think low fat levels are GOOD for your health? Think again. The trick is incorporating good, “healthy” fats like coconut oil which aids in raising good cholesterol, combating dementia and weight loss. Acting as an anti-inflammatory, coconut oil has been known to help prevent the onset of brain disorders.
When you think of spinach, beside Popeye, think of nitrates, which increase blood flow to our brains and improve mental performance. Delaying dementia is just another one of the preventative powers of spinach in addition to curbing the manifestation of cancer cells.
Healthy eating, happy brain!!