Turns out our mamas may have been onto something when they talked about brain foods because food, in fact, does have a big impact on our brain health. So, we turned to the experts (Healthline and Medical News Today) to find 9 certified brain boosters everyone needs in their diet.
Fatty fish (we’re talking salmon, trout, tuna, herring, sardines, etc.) are loaded with omega-3s, which play a core role in building brain cells, and are key to learning and memory.
Broccoli is packed with glucosinolates (dare you to say that three times, fast), which may lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases as it breaks down. It’s also thought to lower stress so, like, count us in.
Soybeans are home to antioxidants called polyphenols. Polyphenols are linked to reduced risk of dementia and improved cognitive abilities as you age.
If you read this and thought, “so, you’re telling me there might be a plus-side to Starbucks runs,” you’re not wrong. The caffeine in coffee can increase alertness, improve mood (don’t we know it), and sharpen concentration.
Turns out these little guys pack a big punch. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants that fight against oxidative stress and inflammation (two things that contribute to brain aging and diseases) and improve brain cell communication.
Not only can it make even the blandest of dish delish, Turmeric is also known to improve memory, ease depression, and help new brain cells grow. Move over salt, there’s a new seasoning in town.
As though we needed another excuse to eat avocado toast. High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline, and monounsaturated fats (like the fats in avos) can lower blood pressure.
Lucky for us, the season of all things pumpkin is right around the corner (or for some Autumn Enthusiasts..it's HERE!). Pumpkin seeds are a source of brain-boosting nutrients like magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper.
You didn’t think we’d forget about them, did you? Never. Eggs are a good source of multiple brain-health nutrients like vitamins B6 and B12, folate, and choline. Choline is a micronutrient that creates acetylcholine, which helps regulate mood and memory. They never cease to impress us.
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