Some of the best Brain Supporting Whole-Foods
There's a variety of ways to support our brain health like physical exercise, mental stimulation, rest, and some lifestyle changes, but nothing has a more direct and immediate impact as the foods we choose to consume.
If you’re feeling like your brain is foggy, slow, and/or you’re finding it hard to generally stay on top of your day-to-day life, you might need to power your mind (and body) by adding more of these nutrient dense, brain supporting whole-foods snacks.
Foods for Better Brain Power
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. Filled with vitamin C, an antioxidant that produces neurotransmitters and prevents and removes the buildup of heavy metals in our brain.
Nuts are an excellent source of protein and healthy fat. Walnuts contain Omega-3 fatty acid and Vitamin E and have been known for improving memory.
Egg yolks supply high amounts of choline, an essential micronutrient that aids in methylation, nerve signaling, and the functioning of the anti-aging neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Eggs also contain B vitamins, which synthesize brain chemicals and minimize cognitive decline.
Fatty fish are abundant sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and healthy unsaturated fats which help develop brain tissue and can prevent depression and anxiety. Also high in Vitamin B-12 which prevents the loss of neurons in the brain and keeps memory and cognition intact.
Kale and other leafy greens such as spinach, collard greens, and even broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like Vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. Research suggests these plant-based foods may help slow cognitive decline.
With their good, healthy fats, avocados increase a number of different feel-good chemicals in the brain. They are also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids that assist with brain function, mood regulation, and emotions.
The flavonoids in dark chocolate increase blood flow to the brain and can help boost memory and problem-solving and prevent age-related deterioration. Not only does dark chocolate taste good, but it can make you feel good by producing endorphins that bind to receptors in the brain, promoting feelings of euphoria as well as reducing stress and pain. Yes, Please!
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This spice contains polyphenol compounds that are anti-inflammatory and stimulate growth factors to rebuild brain cells. Turmeric’s bioactive compound, called curcumin, improves neuron communication and balances brain chemicals and mood.