Can you guess what’s the most active and powerful organ in our body? It’s the brain! Our brain is so amazing and sophisticated that without it, life is meaningless!
Our brain basically controls everything. It keeps our heart pumping, directs our movement and controls our speech of course. As much as we want our skin to look great, we should also take the same amount of effort (in fact, MORE) to keep our brain functioning at its best.
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Let’s get to know the 5 best foods that we should include in our diet to boost our brain performance and memory!
We always hear our parents saying “eat a lot of fish if you want to be smart” or “consume these fish oils capsules to get good grades!” Well, speaking of ranks, fatty fish is the most recommended food to enhance our brain activity. The three types of fishes that have been reported to have a high content of omega-3 fatty acids are trout, sardines and salmon. Omega-3 makes up half of the fat that constitutes to the development of our brain. All in all, omega-3 is important for improving brain performance such as learning and memory, decision making and emotion and slows down age-related mental degeneration.
Who doesn’t love coffee right? Coffee comprises of caffeine and antioxidants. Caffeine helps us to stay alert, improve our mood by boosting the neurotransmitter called serotonin and helps us to concentrate. The antioxidants have been associated with decreasing risk of having neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
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Like coffee, blueberries also have antioxidants effect. Dark colored berries have a plant compound that’s referred to as anthocyanins. This compound has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which fight off conditions relating to neurodegenerative diseases. Blueberries, therefore, can potentially enhance our memory and hinder brain aging.
Known to be the key ingredient of curry powder, this bright-yellow spice has a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory component named curcumin that can improve memory capacity, facilitate the growth of brain cells and reduces depression by increasing the mood-boosting neurotransmitter, serotonin and dopamine.
Like blueberries, broccoli also has powerful plant compounds with antioxidants properties. Broccoli has high fat-soluble vitamin (vitamin K), which helps in the formation of sphingolipids, one of the components that’s packed into brain cells. Similar to all the four foods mentioned before, broccoli can help protect the brain.
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Other than these 5 easily available and delicious foods, we could also consume pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, nuts, oranges, eggs and green tea! Let’s make 2019 a new start for a healthy and smart diet!
Content from: Healthline