Healthy Food

Healthy Food List #7: Best Nutrition For Brainpower

Food list

1. Wholegrains (wholegrain cereals, granary bread, rice and pasta) with low-GI (Glycemic index): helps release glucose slowly into the bloodstream,  which keeps you mentally alert throughout the day.

2. Oily fish rich in omega-3 fats (in form of EPA and DHA): For example, salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kippers.

3. Blueberries: May improve or delay short term memory loss. 

4. Tomatoes: Contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, which helps protect cells from free radical damage to cells, which is a cause of dementia, and Alzheimer's. 

5. Vitamin B family: Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid  help reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Increased levels of homocysteine increase risk of stroke, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. 

6. Blackcurrant: Rich in Vitamin C, which helps with mental agility and protects against age-related brain degeneration including dementia and Alzheimer's. 

7. Pumpkin seeds: Contian more zinc than many other seeds, and zinc improves memory and thinking skills. Pumpkin seeds also contain magnesium, B vitamins and tryptophan, all of which help deal with stress and improve our mood.

8. Broccoli: Contain vitamin K, which helps improve our cognitive function and improve brainpower. Broccoli are rich in glucosinolates, which slows the  breakdown of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter, thus keeping our memories and fucntions sharp. 

9. Sage: Helps with better memory and concentration.

10. Nuts: Contain Vitamin E, which helps slow down the cognitive decline in the elderly.

11. Avocados: Rich in  both vitamin K and folate, which help prevent blood clots in the brain (protecting against stroke) as well as help improve cognitive function, especially both memory and concentration.

12. Beets: Contain natural nitrates, which boost blood flow to the brain, helping with mental performance. P

13. Bone Broth: Contains healing amino acids like proline and glycine, whichkeep your immune system functioning properly and help improve memory. 

14. Celery: General purpose multi-vitamin, multi-mineral rich food very low in calories.

15. Coconut oil:  Helps with memory loss as you age and also destroysbad bacteria in your gut.

16. Dark Chocolate (minimally processed version): Rich with flavonols (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory), which also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart.

17. Egg Yolks: Rich in choline, which helps in fetal brain development for pregnant women. Choline also breaks down bethane, a chemical that produces hormones related to happiness.

18. Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Rich in polyphenols (powerful antioxidants), which helps improve learning and memory, but may also reverse the age- and disease-related changes, fighting against ADDL proteins which are toxic to the brain and induce Alzheimer’s.

19. Green, Leafy Vegetables: Contain  vitamins A and K, which are helpful in keeping dementia at bay.

20. Rosemary: Contains carnosic acid,  which helps protect the brain from neurodegeneration. It does this by keeping dangerous chemical free radicals away. And it also helps our eyesight.

21. Turmeric: Helps improve your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information.