Since your memory and your focus are critical to your success and your life, we are going to look at 7 more foods that can boost your brain power.
8) Coconut oil, one of the most versatile — and good for you — foods out there. There’s almost nothing that coconut oil can’t help. When it comes to your brain, it’s full of benefits, too. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation. It can help with memory loss as you age and destroy bad bacteria that hangs out in your gut.
9) Dark Chocolate – Not all chocolate is created equal; in fact, dark chocolate can actually be good for you! Chocolate is chockfull of flavanonols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart. Most of the chocolate you see on supermarket shelves is highly processed with few benefits. The rule of thumb is the darker the chocolate, the more health benefits. Skip milk and white chocolates and opt for a minimally processed dark chocolate with at least 70 percent of cocoa. This ensures you’ll get your chocolate fix and its brain benefits.
10) Egg Yolks – On the nutritional naughty list for years, egg yolks are finally experiencing their well-deserved day in the sun. If you’ve been eating only egg whites, the yolk’s on you. Yolks contain large amounts of choline, which helps in fetal brain development for pregnant women. It also breaks down bethane, a chemical that produces hormones related to happiness. That’s right, eggs can make you happy! If you’ve kept away from eating eggs whole because of cholesterol concerns, there’s good news. Studies show that eating eggs had no effect on the cholesterol levels of healthy adults and might, in fact, help raise good cholesterol levels. It’s also one of the most inexpensive sources of protein out there; just be sure you’re buying organic, free-range eggs.
11) Extra Virgin Olive oil – Real extra virgin olive oil id truly brain food. It’s powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols found in the oil means that including EVOO in your diet may not only improve learning and memory, but also reverse age and disease-related changes. The oil also helps fight against ADDLs, proteins that are toxic to the brain and induce Alzheimer’s. As great as EVOO is, remember that it’s not a good option for cooking, as it hydrogenizes and begins decomposing at high temperatures. The best way to get your fill id by eating it cold or at room temperature (think home-made salad dressings).
12) Green, Leafy Vegetables – It turns out that Popeye was onto something with his spinach obsession. Getting regular helpings of leafy, green vegetables, like kale, swiss chard and romaine lettuce, can help keep dementia at bay according to new research. When it comes to brain power, greens should be on your plate (and cover a lot of that plate) every meal.
13) Rosemary – We already knew that rosemary oil has a variety of benefits, but did you know the herb does too? Carnosic acid, one of the main ingredients in rosemary, helps [protect the brain from neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s, strokes and normal aging in the brain.
14) Turmeric – Isn’t it awesome that a simple spice has amazing health benefits? That’s the case with turmeric, an ancient root that’s been used for its healing properties throughout history. Thanks to curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, the spice is actually one of the most powerful (and natural) anti-inflammatory agents. Turmeric also helps boost anti-oxidant levels and keeps your immune system healthy, while improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information. It truly is a super spice!
Supporting your brain with brain-boosting foods will pay off in the long and the short-term. Your brain will thank you!
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