So much is written about healthy diets, losing weight and staying in shape. Keeping the heart, muscles and bones in good shape is vitally important, but so is the brain. Not too many can argue that the brain is one of the most important parts of the body. So what kinds of food can we eat to help keep our brains in tip top shape? Here are some just to name a few.
Blueberries aren’t only delicious, they’re an excellent brain food. Studies have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Aging rats were fed a diet including blueberries and found to have significantly improved learning capacity and motor skills.
Avocados are right up there with blueberries when it comes to brain health. Avocados are loaded with monosaturated fat, which contributes to healthy blood flow, which in turn is healthy for your brain. One downside is that avocados are rich in calories so be sensible.
Pomegranate juice is known to have many health benefits, among them antioxidants which protect the brain from the damages of free radicals. The brain is probably the part of the body that is most sensitive to damage from free radicals.
Freshly brewed tea can boost brain power by enhancing memory. Two or three cups of tea a day (hot or iced) can provide caffeine and antioxidants which promotes healthy blood flow. Just remember this only applies to freshly brewed tea, bottled tea won’t get you the same benefits.
One food that is sure to be a plus with most people is dark chocolate. The benefits of dark chocolate include antioxidants and several stimulants including caffeine. These elements can enhance focus and concentration while stimulating the production of endorphins which help improve mood. All it takes is one half ounce a day of dark chocolate to get all the benefits you need.
Start getting your brain in shape today with these great foods!