What if you could eat your way smarter? What if I told you there was healthy food for the brain?
I know, sounds pretty crazy doesn’t it? But the truth is, a good diet plays a huge role in supporting brain health. While there is no magic pill that will guarantee the prevention of Alzheimer’s, dementia or any other degenerative brain disease, there is brain food…
So, what exactly is a brain food?
They’re foods with antioxidant properties that help fight harmful toxins that accumulate as your brain ages, nutrient dense foods which help fight plaques that hinder brain performance, and certain fats that improve cell function.
No single food will ensure a healthy brain but following the correct eating patterns will. Start eating smart by adding brain food to your plate. So what does healthy food for the brain look like? Let’s take a look:
Cruciferous Vegetables and Leafy Greens
True winners for cognitive performance: Kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, swiss chard.
Cruciferous vegetables provide us with an excellent source of vitamin K, an often forgotten nutrient that has been linked to slower cognitive decline. A five-year study on 950 older aged adults, found that those who ate one to two servings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive ability of a person 11 years younger than those who consumed none.[*]
Lions Mane Mushroom
This funky looking “smart” mushroom can be found across North America, Europe and Asia. Preliminary research done on mice suggests that consuming Lion’s Mane can stimulate “neurite outgrowth” in the brain – resulting in increased memory and focus.[*][*][*]
Raw Lions Mane is by far the best food for brain growth and can be found in specialty grocery stores, or you can save the hassle and expense by trying it in Biofy Limitless Greens.
Monounsaturated fats like those found in olives disperse throughout almost every cell in your body and help to promote the transportation of oxygen to the brain. It’s best to consume uncooked virgin olive oil for maximum benefits. Try adding it to a homemade salad dressing!
Berries may be some of the most potent fruits available for providing antioxidant properties for your brain. Studies have shown that strawberries and blueberries are directly associated with slower rates of cognitive decline and may help with management and prevention of brain disease [*]. This is due to reduced inflammation, increased cell survival, neurotransmission and enhanced neuroplasticity [*].
Salmon & Fish
Omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish oils boost our bodies synthesis of dopamine in the brain. Studies have revealed a link between the imbalance of omega-3 from diet and impaired brain performance and cognitive disease.[*]
Try eating salmon or other fatty fish like mackerel, herring and sardines at least once a week to ensure a healthy brain.
One of the healthiest brain healing snacks! This fruit is by far one of my favorites. While avocados often get a bad rep due to their fat content, it’s important to note they are full of monosaturated fats, or the “good” kind that keep our blood sugars steady and brains healthy.
Monounsaturated fats support the production of acetylcholine, the memory and learning brain chemical [*].
Walnuts are also an excellent source of omega-3 for many reasons. One is they contain phytochemicals, which include polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats work to reduce the oxidant and inflammatory load on your brain cells while improving interneuronal signaling and boosting neurogenesis (the formation of new brain cells). [*][*]Your brain really does go nuts for… nuts!
If you’re like me, you love to eat chocolate. But not just any chocolate, I eat the varieties that are often referred to as “superfoods”. Specifically, dark chocolate. The cocoa bean is rich is a type of antioxidant called flavanols, and there is some research suggesting flavanols may improve blood flow to the brain and reduce cognitive decline [*].
Share with us in the comments below which brain saving foods you eat daily!
Most of us don’t get enough nutrients, vitamins, fruits and vegetables each day to support a health brain. A quality superfood green powder can do more than just fill nutritional gaps in our diet. It can be a convenient want to uplift energy, nourish brain health, boost immunity and feel incredible from the inside – out.
Do something good for your body and try a bottle of Limitless Greens today! Your body and brain will thank you.