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Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Ailments A-F, Foods & Supplements, Foods & Supplements A-F | 0 comments

Brain Boost Foods-Make Yourself Smarter

 Curry (Tumeric) brainboost

 Curry contains turmeric, a spice that in turn contains the anti-inflammatory antioxidant curcumin. Research has shown that curcumin may help inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as break up existing plaques. Curcumin has even been shown to boost memory and stimulate the production of new brain cells.

Celery Celery is a rich source of luteolin, a plant compounds that may calm inflammation in your brain, which is a primary cause of neurodegeneration. Luteolin has also been linked with lower rates of age-related memory loss in mice. addition to celery, peppers and carrots are also good sources of luteolin. (Always buy Organic Celery)

Avocados. Avocados are almost as good as blueberries in promoting brain health. “I don’t think the avocado gets its due,” agrees Kulze. True, the avocado is a fatty fruit, but, says Kulze, it’s a monounsaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow. “And healthy blood flow means a healthy brain,” she says. Avocados also lower blood pressure, says Pratt, and as hypertension is a risk factor for the decline in cognitive abilities, a lower blood pressure should promote brain health. Avocados are high in calories, however, so Kulze suggests adding just 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado to one daily meal as a side dish.

Blueberries

The blueberry’s claim to fame in the brain power department is due to an abundance of anthocyanidins, compounds that have shown to be beneficial in protecting against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. You don’t have to wait until your senior years to get the benefit of blueberries. Cognition and reasoning have been shown to improve in people of all ages, thanks to the blueberry.

 Salmon

Yet another great source of omega-3 fatty acids, salmon fires up your brain by making the synapses stronger, allowing communication between cells to be faster. Need to work on your listening skills? The nutrients in salmon have been shown to improve focus and retention, too!

Coffee

While too much coffee might give you the jitters, it looks like a good cup of Joe a day is just what your brain needs to help improve short term memory. In the elderly, research has shown coffee improves long term memory, too.

One cup of coffee contains about 76mg of caffeine, just the amount our brain needs to improve function. Too much can leave you anxious and distracted. Go easy.

 Flax Seeds

If you’ve got the blues, or are predisposed to depression, take a teaspoon of flax seed oil every day. Research has shown that the oil from this omega-3 rich seed helps with mood, but also focus and memory.

TIP: Your body can benefit from ground flax seeds, too! Just make sure you grind them fresh rather than buying them pre-ground. Freshly ground seeds are a more potent source of omega-3s.

Peppermint

A sprig of mint might help with bloating and digestion, but when it comes to how it affects your brain, a cup of peppermint tea has been shown boost memory and focus.

TIP: Make a big kettle of peppermint tea, then refrigerate it. Grab a cold cup of iced peppermint tea over the warm summer months for a caffeine-free boost.

Walnuts

Not only are walnuts full of antioxidants, copper and magnesium, they’re also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eating a diet that’s inclusive of a serving of walnuts a day not only reduces inflammation in the central nervous system, but reverses cognitive deficits. Walnuts are good sources of plant-based omega-3 fats, natural phytosterols and antioxidants, and have been shown to reverse brain aging in older rats. DHA, in particular, is a type of omega-3 fat that’s been found to boost brain function and even promote brain healing, although it’s more plentiful in animal-based omega-3 sources, like krill, as opposed to walnuts.

Green Tea

Green tea contains an amazing amino acid called L-theanine that has been shown to have a calming effect, especially when anxiety is high. Green tea also has the benefit of caffeine, just not as much. So if you’re sensitive to coffee, but what the added memory-boosting effects of caffeine, have a cup of green tea instead.

 Coconut Oil

A hotbed of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), coconut oil has been shown to have an immediate effect on the brain, boosting memory in those who have Alzheimer’s disease. In a healthy brain, MCTs are an amazing source of fuel for the brain to use to help keep cognition high. Don’t worry about this fat getting stored as fat. The MCTs in coconut oil have actually been shown to reduce belly fat.

Eggs

Whole eggs, including the yolk, contain a form of omega-3 fatty acids called DHA. Our brain is composed of about 40% DHA. Ample amounts of this particular fatty acid have been shown to improve mood and cognitive function – especially in young children. Eating a few eggs a week will do your brain some good!

Holy Basil

The next time you feel stressed, have a cup of holy basil tea. Holy basil is an Ayurvedic herb grown throughout southern Asia, but easily cultivated for home use anywhere.Holy basil has been increases blood flow to the brain, improving both mood and memory. This herb has also been shown to have a positive effect on stress. 

 

 

Rosemary – Rosemary has been shown to improve memory and cognitive function with its scent alone. It improves blood flow to the brain, improves mood, and acts as an antioxidant. Rosemary is also a powerful detoxifier, fights cancer, boosts energy, and combats aging of the skin. – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/brain-foods/#sthash.hIDPqSQt.dpuf

 

Dark Chocolate – The flavonols in chocolate improve blood vessel function, which in turn improves cognitive function and memory. Chocolate also improves mood, can ease pain, and is full of antioxidants. – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/brain-foods/#sthash.hIDPqSQt.dpuf

Dark Chocolate – The flavonols in chocolate improve blood vessel function, which in turn improves cognitive function and memory. Chocolate also improves mood, can ease pain, and is full of antioxidants. – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/brain-foods/#sthash.hIDPqSQt.dpuf

Dark Chocolate – The flavonols in chocolate improve blood vessel function, which in turn improves cognitive function and memory. Chocolate also improves mood, can ease pain, and is full of antioxidants. – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/brain-foods/#sthash.hIDPqSQt.dpuf