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POWER UP WITH BRAIN FOODS

POWER UP WITH BRAIN FOODS

POWER UP WITH BRAIN FOODS

You are what you eat – just another cliché, right? Not so fast: It turns out that there are foods that can actually boost your brain power, and some of them may be in your house right now. Neuroscientists and neurologists have proven that certain foods not only improve our cognitive abilities, but can actually restore some brain functions that have declined.

While none of them claim that what ails you will magically fade away if you eat a bowl of blueberries, there is scientific evidence that even those berries contain antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, a key culprit that drives illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Think of how easily you could build blueberries into your daily diet, and maybe reduce symptoms like redness, swelling and certain pains. All good news, right? But just as important is knowing about foods that improve cognition. It turns out that regular consumption of berries can help brain cells connect more efficiently, and who wouldn’t want that?

 Here are five  more “brain foods” that you may want to build into your dietary routine:

  • Dark chocolate: For some of us, this is the best news ever. Dark chocolate, the experts tell us, encourages blood vessel growth, which in turn can aid in learning abilities and memory. Quick tip: Read the label, and make sure your dark chocolate contains at least 70 percent cacao. In multiple studies, dark chocolate with this amount of cacao was shown to improve plasticity in the brain, which is just what you need to be able to be an effective life-long learner.
  • Coffee: More good news for love our regular doses of caffeine. Several studies have shown that caffeine aids alertness, but you already know that. But last year, one study showed that caffeine actually helps brain activity that helps us process information. Now, more research is being conducted with early evidence indicating that regular coffee consumption can aid in cognitive decline, and stave off diseases as debilitating as Alzheimer’s.
  • Fatty, oily fish: A quick vocabulary lesson: Bata-amyloids  that proteins in human blood that have been shown to form damaging clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. You can reduce the levels of these proteins by eating fish at least a couple times a week. Consume fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These include salmon, sardines, albacore tuna, catfish, cod and mahi-mahi.
  • Eggs: For years, you have heard conflicting stories about egg consumption as it relates to cholesterol levels. But one consistent scientific finding about eggs is that if you’ll just crack a few eggs on a regular basis, your cognitive functions will thank you. This is because it is known that a deficit of Vitamin D in the body can cause brain issues, including onset of dementia. Oh, and before you ask…yes, you should eat the yolk.

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