As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Eating well not only powers your body, but is also a great way to keep your brain healthy. The brain requires nutrients just like the other organs in your body, and certain foods have been found to improve brain function and encourage focus and clarity.
Here is our list of 10 super foods to keep you focused all the way through midterms and make your grey matter happy!
Eggs: Start your day off “sunny side up” with eggs. Protein rich foods, like eggs, not only give you the energy you need to tackle your day, they can also improve overall cognitive function.
Greek Yogurt: Another great source of protein, plus this tasty treat also contains calcium to ward off crankiness, slow thinking and anxiety; all functions of the brain.
Blueberries: This bite-size snack has been known to improve mental capacity and motor skill development. Some studies also suggest that they can reduce effects of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Walnuts: Not only are walnuts full of heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory nutrients, they help promote blood flow which in turn allows for efficient delivery of oxygen to the brain leading to improved memory, learning and motor skill coordination.
Spinach: Though Popeye enjoyed this leafy, green veggie to get stronger, spinach is also rich in the antioxidant lutein, which is thought to help protect against cognitive decline.
Dark Chocolate: As if we needed another reason to love chocolate! Dark chocolate is full of many antioxidants that make it healthy for your whole body, but the caffeine content is thought to play a role in maintaining mental acuity.
Avocados: Blood flow is a very vital part of brain function, and the green goodness inside is full of monounsaturated fats that actually improve blood circulation.
Salmon: This fish is not only extra tasty, it is full of EPA and DHA, essential fatty acids that our bodies don’t make. These fatty acids are well-known brain boosters that are vital to brain and eye development and maintenance.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes contain lycopene, a nutrient that aids in gene regulation and is a natural antioxidant, which makes them a good food for brain growth and mental sharpness.
Water: Just like for your livestock, this is your body’s most important nutrient! Good hydration is vital for cognitive function as your brain actually shrinks when it becomes dehydrated leading to the impairment of short-term memory, focus and decision-making.
Do you have a favorite brain super food you think should have made the list? Comment below with ways you keep your brain healthy and focused!