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10 Foods To Help Keep Your Brain Healthy and Active

Nutrition

Certain nutrient - dense foods help keep the brain in peak working condition which is essential to memory and concentration.

1. Fatty Fish

Sardines, salmon, trout and herrings are jam packed with omega 3 fatty acids which the brain uses to build brain and nerve cells used for learning, memory and decision making. Omega 3 fatty acids improve the transmission function from the eyes to the brain and promote mood stability.

2. Green tea

Not only improves alertness, performance, memory and focus but contains L-theanine which is said to reduce anxiety.

3. Blueberries

This potent little fruit is bursting with antioxidants and anti inflammatory benefits that support concentration and memory. Great for snacking or in a smoothie, they also provide a natural sugar boost for mental energy.

4. Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, an active ingredient associated with brain cell growth and memory. It is also credited with the ability to boost serotonin and dopamine levels, two mood enhancing ingredients that help fight depression.

5. Broccoli

This vegetable is packed with nutritional power of antioxidants and vitamin K that support cognitive function to improve memory and thinking skills.

6. Pumpkin seeds

Nutritional dynamite that contains four elements essential to improving brain performance: iron to counteract brain fog, zinc and copper to support the brain signaling function and magnesium for learning and memory.

(Another humble but potent little seed is flaxseed, easy to sprinkle on cereal, yogurt or oatmeal but full of magnesium, the B vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre.)

7. Dark chocolate (70% or more)

A universal and instant mood enhancer crammed with antioxidants and flavonoids that help keep everyone alert and happy.

8. Nuts

Full of healthy fats, antioxidants and vitamin E to help improve memory. Walnuts are the most nutritious. The advantage of nuts is that they can be used for snacking or sprinkled over salads or cakes (in moderation) but there's nothing like a small treat to cheer up everyone.

9. Oranges

A delicious source of vitamin C to help alleviate anxiety and promote focus, memory and decision making. Oranges can also reduce inflammation and promote weight loss and boost your sleep hormone.

10. Eggs

Deficiencies of folate are linked to depression. Eggs are packed with vitamins B6 and B12, folate and choline which support proper brain function and development.

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