We have fantastic news for all you biohackers out there: You can actually eat your way to a better memory. That’s right. There are many delicious edible memory boosters out there, and they all have their own special way of supporting your brain health.
To help you narrow down your next grocery list, we’ve finally selected 5 nom-worthy brain foods, each with a unique way of contributing to your brain power:
Note: All of the foods mentioned below have a beautiful array of health benefits, but for this article, we will just be focusing on the brain and memory-related ones.
The Top 5 Delicious Brain Foods
1. Dark Chocolate
We want to kick this article off with an exciting start. Dark chocolate, (yes, chocolate) is actually great for your overall health, but is especially good for your brain! Pure cocoa is the best; however, it may be too bitter for some people (if so, try adding honey!). So, a good rule-of-thumb is the darker (purer) the chocolate, the better — aim for at least 70-85% cocoa. Mmm, rich goodness…
Chocolate is loaded with flavanols, which have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties; both of which help to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain. As well, it provides many natural stimulants, such as caffeine, that sharpen your focus and increase your ability to concentrate.
On top of all of that, these compounds also tickle and excite your brain’s reward system (your endorphins) and help to improve your mood. Although, we’re sure you already knew that chocolate was a hearty mood enhancer.
Also known as “brain-berries,” these little balls of juicy goodness provide outstanding proof that great things really do come in small packages. Blueberries are one of the most powerful brain foods out there.
To begin, they are one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods in the world (we can’t speak for other planets… yet). Combine their heroic levels of flavonoids, gallic acid, vitamin C and K, and fiber, and you have yourself a brain that is well protected against oxidative stress and degeneration. Plus, these compounds play an important role in improving memory, cognition, brain cell communication, learning capacity, and even motor skills.
Nature’s miraculous blue candy may just be one of the most efficient (and delicious) memory boosters out there.
Hello, salmon. Goodbye, brain fog.
Deepwater fish, such as salmon, is one of the most overall nutritious brain foods. What’s its special ingredient? Omega-3 essential fatty acids, DHA and EPA — nutrients that play a vital role in brain health. These helpful fatty acids work to keep your brain running optimally by improving memory and focus, preventing cancer, and offering an array of anti-inflammatory substances. Not to mention, they help manage stress and produce our favorite brain chemical, serotonin — feeling good is absolutely a gift both to and from your brain.
If you are vegan or vegetarian, you can get these omega 3 memory boosters from plant-based sources such as chia seeds, linseeds, brussel sprouts, walnuts, and many others.
Healthy blood flow equals a healthy brain. For that, avocados are one of the greatest super brain foods available to us. With their high levels of monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat), vitamin K, and folate, avocados keep blood sugar levels optimal, prevent blood clots, and greatly improve cognitive function (particularly concentration and memory).
Plus, they are the main ingredient in guacamole. Need we say more? Avocados are our friends.
5. Red wine
You didn’t think we would leave on an unexciting note, did you?
This is wonderful news for all: Those treasured dark chocolate and red wine nights are actually great for the health of your brain. That is, in moderation, of course — we all know how detrimental too much alcohol can be to our health.
Research has shown that red wine’s antioxidant, EGCG, helps wash away harmful proteins, such as beta-amyloid and tau, in the brain. In other words, red wine works to actually clean your brain; it also does this by reducing inflammation. Do you always feel a bit more clear headed after a glass of wine, too? Perhaps this is why.
As well, modest amounts of red wine may help to improve spatial memory and build stronger bonds between nerve cells.
Cheers to that.
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