It may sound funny but do you know that you may be looking for the best brain power foods when you have most of them right in your kitchen?
I know, it is ridiculous, but truth is, when I discovered a list of foods that greatly help to increase memory power and concentration, I was amazed to see that they are often what fill up the most of our refrigerators and kitchen cabinets.
And chances are you have them too. You only need to know which ones they are, what they do and how to get them to give you the mental benefits they carry, right?
Well, I’ll be helping you identify them and show you how to make the best of each for maximum benefits. Are you ready?
Okay, let’s jump right into them.
The 12 best Foods to Boost Brain Power
Turmeric has always been considered to possess great health benefits for decades.
In the ancient world it was frequently used for healing purposes. It contains curcumin, a strong compound that helps to reduce inflammation.
It has also been seen to promote neurogenesis, a process where new brain cells are formed.
It is a powerful antioxidant that will aid in keeping your immune system in check. Turmeric eggs or tea actually make a good breakfast to power up your day.
They are known to contain favorable amounts of gallic acid that make the best ‘treat’ for stress and brain degeneration.
Wild blueberries contain a compound called anthocyanin that keeps the brain safe from Alzheimer’s and many other brain diseases.
They have also shown the ability or bring down inflammation caused by blood pressure. It is also happens that they are only the fruit with lowest amount of fructose, meaning they are the healthiest of all fruits.
• Wild Salmon (Alaskan)
You will reduce body inflammation and get more neuroprotection if you eat wild salmon from Alaska.
The omega 3 fatty acids in them will help with that. It also promotes neurogenesis in the brain’s memory center.
Krill oil can make a good supplement for the omega 3 fats you get here, but if you are one of the people who want to have it all natural, the best food source is salmon, together with anchovies and sardines.
But you should also note that these wild salmons often have mercury and many other toxins, so you want to have it checked very well before you buy. The best I know to buy from is vital choice.
I guess very few people recognize the real value of avocado.
This fatty fruit contains a monounsaturated fat that improves the overall health of the brain by allowing easy blood flow.
It also brings down blood pressure which plays a major role in keeping the brain health at an all time high.
There is also folate and vitamin k in avocado that will reduce the chances of forming blood clots which may bring stroke. It is among the fruits with the lowest levels of sugar and is actually very rich in protein.
• Pomegranate Juice
Drink 2 ounces of pomegranate juice mixed with carbonated water every day and you will see your brain health soaring.
Although you can eat pomegranate fruit, I find the countless tiny seeds in it a bit uncomfortable to enjoy the goodness.
Pomegranate prevents the destruction of free radicals in the brain since it has very powerful antioxidant properties.
• Dark Chocolate
Finally, some good stuff.
If you fall into the habit of eating only an ounce of it per day you will be ingesting all the benefits it comes with, at their best.
With this super food, you are getting the benefits of a cheerful mood brought by more stimulation of endorphins, which are responsible for the moods.
You also get more concentration and focus due to the presence of a variety of stimulants including caffeine. But you should be careful with overeating it as it will have some unhealthy effects on you.
With physical properties that match cauliflower, it is best known for reducing inflammation, detoxification and regulating damage of free radicals, all due to a chemical known as sulfurophane.
It also contains vitamin k that boost cognitive abilities and elevate brain power.
It regulates the amount of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which improve focus and prevent Alzheimer’s disease as well.
It has glucosinolates that do all this work. My favorite broccoli pesto dip would make a nice dish for you.
Taking half a cup of any type of beans everyday, preferably black beans, will help improve a good deal of your brain.
Beans are one of the few foods that have oftenly been underestimated but in reality have many health benefits.
They are able to provide the brain with the smooth supply of energy to brain since it can’t keep glucose for itself that is regularly needed as fuel.
Apart from being good sources of protein, they have also been found to contain magnesium that prevent Alzheimer’s disease, not to mention they also contribute to healthy flow of blood.
• Green Tea
For students, this is the best brain enhancing drink I would recommend before going for exams.
A cup of it before sitting for a test will make you perform brilliant.
What happens is that it increases the plasticity of the brain and will help you learn and understand much quicker. Green tea is actually much better than drinking a placebo.
Weird shapes, yes, but these things do come with great advantage. They have lots antioxidants that prevent cancer.
They also have nitrates that make for a smooth flow of blood in the brain which helps with super cognitive performance.
They also have a reputation for reducing body inflammation and chasing down toxins. If you think you don’t have enough energy to take on a tough exercise, take these and you will be wild on it.
• Coconut Oil
I love coconut crust pizza, a recipe I highly recommend you try out.
And with the huge amount of uses it has, over 70 uses to be precise, coconut is one fruit you don’t want to miss at least three times a week, if not everyday, and in different recipes.
It’s got a saturated fat that improve brain cell membrane function. It also calms down inflammation as it acts on the cells that usually cause this inflammation.
It also has ketones that are used a source of fuel for the brain.
These crunchy pops contain omega 3 fats, manganese, vitamin E and copper, to mention a few, that work together towards better brain health.
They also have antioxidants that helps reduce oxidative stress.
Minerals are another thing that are dragged along with walnuts that will boost your mental alertness.
So you should never miss popping a handful of them whenever you have the chance to. (Even now)
And there you have it folks.
As I said, most of them are in your homes. You should consider making recipes that include them more often for you and your baby’s brain development, the young and aged adults as well.
Basically, these foods will be of great help to everyone including pregnant women.
If you need help with tasty recipes (even Indian recipes) that have them, or have any questions regarding the foods that power up the brain, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.