Most might think of food as some tasty treat or something to shove down when they have a break in their busy schedules. What most don’t realize is that eating is a real chance to make their future better. Foods can provide us with the tools we need to have a long-healthy life (especially since obesity is linked to most chronic diseases, controlling our eating habits can limit this). The foods I’ll be discussing have some serious brain power, therefore they’re great for cognition and concentration!
- Eggs: choline produced by acetylcholine is critical for memory. acetylcholine deficiency has been linked to memory loss and Alzheimer’s.
- Wild salmon: one of the best sources of Essential Fatty acids, rich source of high quality non-land animal protein, and low amounts of contamination. Helps to improve brain matter, mood, synaptic connections, arteries, reduce risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
- Nuts: high in fiber, protein, and fat (stabilizes blood sugar), vitamins, minerals (vitamin B,vitamin E, and magnesium) excellent for grey matter.
- Matcha- Japanese green tea carefully grown, selected, dried,
stone-ground, processed and prepared in the ancient tradition. Contains antioxidants, catechins, and vitamins (C and A). Extremely high in EGCG (anti-cancer, anit-aging, and overall health benefits). It has a concentration exponentially higher than brewed green tea, and it has 33 times the antioxidant levels of blueberries.
- Coffee Beans: rich in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Regular consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of mental decline and Dementia and Alzheimer’s. We’re not talking about your regular Starbucks order with all the extra shots and whipped cream. Less is more. The bean is where it’s at, so pure espresso is the way to go when it comes to coffee.
- Red apples: phenolic (Red Delicious) protect the brain from damage that triggers degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s), in addition to reducing the risk of prostate, colon, and lung cancers.
- Cacao beans (we’ve discussed these before): not chocolate, don’t go out and grab a Snickers. You want to find minimally processed cacao. Power house for cognitive enhancement, mood, and bliss-enhancement, antioxidants, flavonoids, and catechins.
Acai Berries: Fresh berries contain antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and are even a source of protein.
- Blueberries: Been shown to slow and even reverse age-related brain decline and improve short-term memory loss. They’re a top source of antioxidant phytonutrients (anthocyanins) to support brain function, in addition to having anti-aging, anti-cancer, and disease-fighting abilities.
- Fish oil: important because 60% of our brains our fat. Fish oil contains high amounts of DHA and Omega-3 fatty acids. Associated with greater concentration, improved memory, increased calmness, increased creativity, and reduced risk of diseases (Alzheimer’s, etc.).
- Leafy greens (spinach, arugala, swiss chard): high in B vitamins, which are important in the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.