Adjusting your daily diet by adding these popular foods is guaranteed to increase the performance of your brain and aid in fighting age-related cognitive disorders. Find out which ingredients make them so effective:
Recent studies have shown that flavanol, a key ingredient of dark chocolate, is responsible for shortly boosting blood flow to certain areas of your brain increasing your performance and alertness. Chocolate is also known to increase endorphins (pleasure boosters), reduce LDL cholesterol and contain an anti-depressant (serotonin). The darker the, the better; while pure cocoa is best, a good rule is to go for chocolate that is 70% cocoa or more.
Diets high in blueberries have been linked with faster learning, sharper thinking, and improved motor skills. They are particularly high in antioxidants that help your brain fight against neurodegenerative oxidative stress caused by accumulated free radicals in the body. Being low in fructose makes them one of the healthier fruits around and a must in every household.
Being rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, iron, B-vitamins as well as antioxidants makes salmon a super food that supports brain, heart and eye health. Studies have shown it’s regular consumption aids in fighting age-related cognitive disorders and boosts neuron function in the brain.
Curry contains Curcumin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant with the ability to improve memory, battle Alzheimer’s and stimulate the creation of new brain cells. Recently curcumin is theorized to help depression because it boosts serotonin and dopamine which are fundamental for sharper thinking and optimal sex drive.
A nutrient powerhouse, walnuts are rich in copper, iron, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin E and contain more antioxidants than other nuts. An ounce a day will get you that optimal Omega-3 dosage to improve your cognitive functions and its richness in melatonin (sleep regulating hormone) makes it an ideal pre bedtime snack.