7 Superfoods For Your Brain

We’ve all had days when we didn’t feel like we were ‘on our game.’ By making smart food choices though, we can improve brain function.  Here are some brainy choices for keeping our noggins in tip-top shape.

Blueberries have been shown to shield the brain from stress, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has also shown that those who consume diets rich in blueberries see significant improvements in both their learning capacity and motor skills.

Avocados, though considered a ‘fatty fruit,’ contribute to healthy blood flow and decreased blood pressure, lessening the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke.

Nuts and seeds are great sources of vitamin E, an important vitamin needed by your brain to stave off declining cognitive functions. Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, sunflower and sesame seeds are all great choices.  

Whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oatmeal also contribute to a healthy brain by reducing the risk for cardiac disease.  By promoting a healthy heart and improved blood flow, the brain is sure to thrive via excellent oxygen and nutrient delivery through the bloodstream.  Complex carbohydrates also supply the brain with a steady stream of glucose that enhances brain function. It's important to avoid simple carbohydrates often found in junk food because the glucose gives the brain a short-lived sugar high, often followed by a crash that makes you feel hungry and tired.

Freshly brewed tea also has potent antioxidants, especially the class known as catechines, which also promotes healthy blood flow. Black teas also contain caffeine, so it’s important to consume sensibly. 

Dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties and contains several natural stimulants, which enhance focus and concentration, and encourage the production of endorphins which  in turn helps to improve our mood.