Brain power is one of the most important powers that we have, after all, our brain pretty much determines everything. Our brain decides what we do, how effective we are, and if our bodies are going to continue to function or not on a daily basis, so shouldn’t we aim to be good to our brains?
If you are looking to spoil your brain and treat it right, try this list of the top 10 brain boosting foods and aim to make these foods a part of your everyday routine!
Coffee might be one the most healthy foods in the American diet, and despite some claims (outdated claims) that coffee and caffeine are bad for you, almost all the new studies are showing the same thing: that coffee decreases the risk of diseases. The caffeine in coffee boosts your brain’s effectiveness, while the high amount of antioxidants promotes brain health and a circulation boost. Don’t skip the coffee today, your brain will thank you later!
Green tea features many of the same benefits as coffee, just with a lower caffeine content when compared to coffee. Green tea can speed the metabolism, increase circulation, and increase mental alertness. Green tea is also packed with powerful antioxidants that slow down aging and help promote brain health.
Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants, it helps increase circulation, it helps prevent cognitive decline, and lets face it, it tastes awesome! Buy your dark chocolate at a minimum of 70% dark, with the higher the percentages being the best for you. Chocolate is a super healthy treat, just buy dark chocolate and don’t overdo it.
Coconut oil contains high concentrations of special types of saturated fat called short and medium chain triglycerides; these special fats are an excellent source of energy that the brain can use when glucose levels are low. Coconut oil is an excellent brain booster and it has been shown in some studies to reduce alzheimer’s symptoms, decrease brain aging, and even to protect the brain from oxidative stress and damage.
Sardines (or other ocean fish)
Ocean fish are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that can lower cholesterol and promote brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential ingredient in your brain function and are an essential piece for the proper function of your brain. Smaller ocean fish like sardine generally have lower levels of mercury contaminants compared to larger fish like salmon and tuna, so I recommend fish like sardines and anchovies.
Brown rice (or other whole grains)
Your brain’s primary source of energy is glucose, and glucose comes from the carbohydrates that we eat. Eating processed foods like sugar or white bread can create a rapid spike in blood sugar followed by a crash that leaves you feeling drained and sluggish, but whole grains like brown rice can provide a more steady and consistent source of energy to feed your hungry brain.
Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene and of carotenoids that help protect your brain from oxidative stress. Lycopene has also shown a special protective quality for the brain that allows the brain to function better and also to produce new brain cells. In some studies, people with alzheimer’s and mental decline have shown lower levels of carotenoids and lycopene in their blood leading researchers to consider that these nutrients may play a role in keeping the brain healthy.
Blueberries are an excellent source of soluble fiber which helps regulate blood sugar levels and boost absorption of nutrients; blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants that can protect your brain. In some studies diets high in blueberries made old rats perform more like younger rats and blueberries have been shown to help slow cognitive decline and age related brain degeneration.
Avocados are high in B vitamins that help provide energy for the brain and the rest of the body, and they are also high in fiber. The monounsaturated fats in avocado also help improve circulation which can boost blood flow to the brain adding even more punch into your brain power boost.
Nuts are a great source of minerals, fiber, monounsaturated fats, and vitamin E. Higher levels of vitamin E consumption are associated with less cognitive decline in aging people, and it has shown a lot of promise as a protector of proper brain function.
All of these foods can help grow your brain, boost your brainpower, and promote brain health for years to come. Try them out if you are looking for a brain or energy boost and let me know what you think!
What foods do you eat for brain health? Have any stories of your own? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!