The brain is one of the most vital organs in the body that controls all your senses, cognitive responses, memory and learning, and other organs including your heart and lungs. That is why it is very important to keep it healthy and functioning properly. What you take has a significant effect on the health of your brain. In this article, I will be discussing the 9 best foods to boost your brain function and memory.
Some of them include:
Turmeric has gained much popularity due to its high range of health benefits. Turmeric is very healthy for the brain due to the presence of a substance called curcumin. Research has found that curcumin can cross the blood-brain barrier entering your brain and feeding its cells. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant compound that has been linked to positive effects on the brain. Studies have shown that curcumin helps people with all kinds of diseases. It also helps to fight depression.
2. Oily fish
Fatty fish, also known as oily fish, are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Sardines, salmon and trout are particularly rich in omega-3. Experts say about 60% of our brain is made from fat and half of which is the omega-3 kind. Omega-3 is used by the brain for optimum functioning and this includes memory and learning. It might also slow down age-related brain decline besides preventing Alzheimer's disease. incorporate oily fish in your diet if you also want to keep depression away.
Rich in flavonoid antioxidants, berries are good for the brain as they help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. There are four types of antioxidants in berries which include anthocyanin, catechin, caffeic acid and quercetin. All of these fight off damage caused by free radicals. Research has also shown that these compounds help improve communication between brain cells thus helping them form new connections by improving plasticity. Berries may also help reduce or delay age-related neurodegenerative disease and this is done by boosting the ability of your memory.
Coffee contains antioxidants and caffeine both of which assist cognitive function. Experts say the caffeine in coffee keeps the brain alert by blocking adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical messenger that makes us feel sleepy. Coffee also boosts serotonin, a neurotransmitter responsible for uplifting your mood. Research has shown that drinking coffee in the morning or small quantities throughout the day can help with concentration. Antioxidants in coffee might reduce the risk of neurological diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
5. Nuts and seeds
Nuts are healthy for your brain as they are rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Experts have found that eating nuts daily can lead to better cognitive functions in your later years. Another research has linked vitamin E to improved cognitive functions and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease. to get maximum benefit for your brain, eat walnuts and almonds.
Avocado is an excellent source of unsaturated fat for your brain. Avocados help reduce the risk of high blood pressure thus aiding the prevention of cognitive decline.
7. Green tea
Green tea boosts the healthy functioning of your brain. Experts have found that green tea boosts the performance, alertness and memory of your brain. This brain-healthy beverage contains an important type of amino acid called L- theanine. This compound helps to increase the frequency of alpha waves in the brain.
I hereby enjoin everyone to incorporate these foods into their diet immediately.
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