Have you ever had a day where you just can’t remember things? Those types of days drive me crazy! Sometimes I even get concerned that brain is going!
There have been a lot of studies lately on what foods increase your brain power.
Fish has been known to reduce aging of cells in the body and that includes the brain. Many people recommend eating fish at least twice a week to reap the benefits. Fish is also a protein that keeps the blood sugar stable longer, giving your body consistent energy and brain activity.
B vitamins are high on the list. They unlock the energy you need to keep your brain awake and active. You find high amounts of vitamin B in leafy green vegetables, eggs, dairy products, beans, legumes and of course, fish.
Tea, especially green tea, is not only found to increase brain activity in the near term, it’s also found to slow aging of the brain. This includes repairing damage and improving memory. There is also a possible link to protection against Alzheimer’s.
Caffeine in small doses improve brain power in the short term. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea and dark chocolate.
Other specific foods that studies show are great for the brain include avocados, pomegranates, blueberries, nuts and seeds.
At the same time researchers are also finding foods that are bad for the brain.
Sugar is one of the worst, followed by a generally high carbohydrate diet. It’s even being linked to a higher instance of Alzheimer’s. If you focus more on fruits, vegetables and protein, you can reduce this risk. When you pick your carbs, pick complex carbohydrates over the simple white bread and pasta.
Watch the amount of alcohol you take in. It causes vitamin B deficiency and damages neurons which are essential for the brain to work properly. If you don’t want to give up drinking, have an occasional glass of red wine which is now known to have anti-aging properties.
Besides certain foods, a big boost to the brain is exercise. Getting the blood flowing is important for any organ and the brain is no different.
Next time you start to lose your memory, pick up a snack that will improve your brain power!