What we eat can have serious impact on how our brain works. That being said, it is vital to seek out foods that help improve brain function and in turn make you healthier mentally.
According to a list put together by nutritionist, Naomi Mead, here are 5 foods that can improve brain function:
Eggs: Egg yolks possess a B vitamin which aids memory and brain function. Choline, which can be found in eggs aids synthesis of acetylcholine, a messenger in the brain that relays communication between the brain and the nerves and muscles. During pregnancy, choline deficiency has been linked with neural tube defects.
Salmon fish: Salmon possesses omega-3 fatty acids, which enhance learning and memory. They are also vital for healthy arteries and strong circulation, as well as maintaining a healthy blood supply to the brain. Consuming salmon 2/3 times weekly, can decrease the chances of stroke and dementia.
Blueberries: This possesses polyphenolic compounds, predominantly anthocyanins, which have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. A research of older adults with early memory changes discovered that 12 weeks of daily blueberry eating was enough to improve scores on tests of cognitive function, including memory.
Dark chocolate: Chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which can help to improve blood vessel function, increasing blood flow to vital areas of the brain for 2-3 hours after eating. This suggests dark chocolate may improve brain function in persons who are intellectually impaired due to fatigue, ageing or lack of sleep.
Beef: Opt for organic, grass-fed beef, which provides vitamin B12, and possesses up to 5 times the omega-3 content of grain-fed beef. Vitamin B12 is key for healthy brain, and a lack of this vitamin may result to brain shrinkage. Mental fogginess and poor memory are also signs of vitamin B12 deficiency.