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Smart food for a smarter brain
My grandmother always stuffed our pockets with walnuts. Her logic was since it resembles the shape of brain, hence is good for it too. Her belief might not be backed by science or knowledge but definitely with experience. Peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans and other nuts contain properties that help in promoting strong memory and mental clarity. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids while almonds are good mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
Blueberries serve a wide range of functions for improving mental orientation. They help in protecting the brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may trim down the effects of age related conditions like Alzheimer's disease or dementia (decline in memory and other mental abilities). Blueberries can also reverse age related declines in motor function, coordination and overall balance of the body.
Salmon, there is nothing fishy about it:
Eating fish, especially salmon is a great way to increase your brain power. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and play a key role in fighting Alzheimer’s and other age-related cognitive disorders.
Flaxseed, healthy indeed:
Flaxseeds are full of ALA, a healthy fat that support the cerebral cortex in functioning better. Keeping this part of the brain sharp is vital as this bit of the brain is responsible for processing all sensory information.
Good old coffee:
Most of us can’t do without it, which is good in a way. Regular coffee drinking (read caffeine) has proved to diminish the risk of memory loss, Alzheimer’s and other mental disorders. That’s because caffeine contains antioxidants. Caffeine in coffee gives you that instant kick, though the effects are short term. Remember, don’t overdo it and stay away from adding excessive sweaters and cream. Too much of caffeine can make you jittery and uncomfortable.
Don’t let the avocado’s fat content dampen your spirit. Their healthy monounsaturated fat promotes blood flow, keeping the mind alert. And if that’s not motivating enough for you, another reason to have them is their blood pressure reducing capabilities.
Be it oatmeal or whole grain bread, whole grains are our brains’ best friends. They improve circulation enormously and also contain essential fibres, vitamins and even some Omega-3 acid. Next time, skip the unhealthy white bread while making the sandwich and replace it with brown bread to enjoy the benefits.
Who says that all good things in life are bad for health? Dark chocolate stands tall as an exception here. They are rich in antioxidants and improve focus and concentration. On the other hand, milk chocolate improves memory and reaction time.
Broccoli, the green version of our desi cauliflower has shown to improve memory function as well as slows down the aging process. It is high in vitamin K which helps in the development of the brain’s cognitive function.
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