We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”, but what does that actually mean? Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and found 10 foods that are known to be good for brain health and could help increase your brainpower.
Blueberries: Not just delicious, blueberries are high in antioxidants and have been shown to improve cognitive function, memory, and overall brain health. A great addition to your smoothie in the mornings!
Omega-3: This is one you probably already know, but fatty fish like salmon, sardines, and mackerel are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health and have been linked to improved cognitive function. Get those fish cake recipes at the ready, or enjoy a piece of salmon with a miso glaze and serve with noodles.
Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds are just some of the amazing range that are high in healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants, which are important for brain health. Add them to your cereal every morning or enjoy a handful as a midday snack.
Dark chocolate: What an absolute treat to have found chocolate in our research, but dark chocolate contains flavonoids that can improve cognitive function and protect the brain from damage. Winner winner, chocolate after dinner!
Avocado: High in healthy fats and fiber, Avocado can help improve brain function and promote healthy blood flow to the brain. Add half to your smoothie mix, throw in your salad or make your own guacamole and get dipping.
Broccoli: High in vitamin K, broccoli is a great green to add to your meals. Vitamin K is important for cognitive function and brain health.
Eggs: High in choline, essential for brain health, eggs could help improve memory and cognitive function. Time to get whisking.
Green tea: Green tea contains caffeine and L-theanine, which can improve brain function and boost alertness and focus. So maybe swap out one of your hot drinks for a cup of green.
Turmeric: I find that turmeric seems to be added to lists for all types of ailments, it’s an amazing root really. Containing curcumin, turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can improve brain health and cognitive function. There are so many turmeric supplements and recipes online to help you cook with turmeric. But just adding some grated turmeric with your chosen milk and a dash of cinnamon is a great way to kick off your morning.
Whole grains: Whole grains like oats, quinoa, and brown rice are high in fiber and can help improve blood flow to the brain, which is important for cognitive function. So why not swap your regular white rice or potato side for something more nourishing.