6 Foods That Benefit the Brain and Memory

Jul 19, 2020 06:30 AM EDT | By Wyn J. (staff@foodworldnews.com)

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Staying healthy does not mean looking fit. There are different types of health that you should give importance to aside from physical health, such as your mental health. When you are following a specific diet, you also need to think about if the foods on that diet are suitable for your brain. The brain is the control center of your body, and it keeps your heart alive and running. It also makes you think, feel, and move. 

One needs to take care of their brain and boost their memory. To do so, here are six of the best brain foods that you can eat that will boost your brain and memory. 

Fatty fish

Fatty fish is the best brain food that one can get. These types of fish include sardines, salmon, and trout. Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The brain is made of 60% fat, and half of that percentage is made of omega-3 fat. To keep it healthy and running, taking foods rich in omega-3 such as fatty fishes are beneficial to the brain. 

Blueberries

Blueberries provide a considerable amount of health benefits that not everyone knows. It is also an excellent brain food because it contains anthocyanins, which is a group of plant compounds that offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. The darker the blueberries, the more amount of anthocyanins they contain. Antioxidants play an essential role in the brain because it fights off stress and inflammation, which can further contribute to brain aging. 

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most potent and useful plant compounds there is in the food chart. It is packed with antioxidants, and it is high in vitamin K. it is also a fat-soluble vitamin that vital in the production of sphingolipids, which is a kind of fat that is packed in brain cells. Aside from vitamin K, broccoli also fights off inflammatory and provides antioxidant effects that will reduce the risk of getting brain diseases. 

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Dark Chocolate

Chocolate is known to boost mood and memory, but dark chocolate, in particular, consists of brain-boosting compounds. Some of these compounds include caffeine, antioxidants, and flavonoids. Flavonoids are a group of antioxidants that are found in plants. The flavonoid content in the chocolate helps slow down age-related mental decline and deals with both learning and memory. Aside from that, it can also help lighten your mood. 

Oranges

Orange is a citrus fruit that is rich in vitamin C. Eating oranges is also healthy and can contribute positive effects in your immune system. Vitamin C in oranges can reduce the risk of getting mental decline, and it can protect you from age-related mental diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Overall, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals that can damage your brain cells. 

Green Tea

Just like coffee, the caffeine content in green tea is also good for the brain and memory function. Not only that, but green tea has good side effects that contribute to one's alertness, memory, focus, and performance. Green tea has components that are good for the brain, such as L-theanine, which is an amino acid that can increase the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA. This component helps reduce anxiety and keeps you more relaxed. 

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