What are the best superfoods for the brain?

A good Mediterranean style diet is good for the brain, people who consume a diet high in fish, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and plant proteins are less likely to develop cognitive impairment. In fact, research has shown that this type of diet can slow down cognitive decline in adults and can help improve brain function.

To narrow it down a little our top 4 would be:

Dark leafy greens:

Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, chard, wheatgrass and spinach are rich in antioxidants which protect our body and brain against damage from free radicals. Many have high levels of vitamin K which are recognised to enhance brain function and learning. 

Oily fish:

Fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and help feed the brain keeping it healthy and alert.  Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body so we have to obtain them though our diet. Several studies conducted on omega-3 fatty acids have shown that they help to boost mental skills and increase focus. It is also thought that a diet with higher levels of fatty acids can enhance memory and lower the risk of mental decline.

Blueberries:

This delicious fruit is full of antioxidants, in fact the US Department of Agriculture identifies the blueberry as containing the most antioxidants per serving of any fruit. Research. from Tufts University suggests that the consumption of blueberries may help improve or delay short term memory loss.  It is also thought that blueberries may help protect the brain from the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 

Chocolate:

Dark chocolate containing cocoa has flavonoids which can improve blood flow to the brain. This anti-inflammatory effect can aid memory, improve focus and reduce mental decline. Antioxidants are especially important for brain health, as the brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress. If you need an excuse to eat chocolate this is it, just make sure it has at least 70% cocoa!

 

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