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Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2019

Food Items That Can Boost Brain Power

As we age, we face a sharp decline in our mental faculties, in relation to focus, memory power, analytical capabilities and emotional responses. Nowadays, students and adults around the world rely on brain health supplements to increase concentration power, in order to survive in this competitive age.

The efficacy of even the best brain enhancement supplements can be increased by following a healthy dietary pattern, say experts at Top Brain Enhancements. No single almighty brain booster can prevent cognitive decline, if we are deficient in healthful components like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Here are some foods, which are rich in these nutrients:

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Green Leafy Vegetables

Plant-based foods like spinach, kale, broccoli and collards are rich in brain powering nutrients like lutein, folate, vitamin K and beta carotene. These foods have power to restore proper brain functioning and help slow cognitive decline. Broccoli, in particular, is rich in glucosinolates, which can slow the breakdown of a neuro-transmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is needed by our central nervous system to perform its functions properly, and keep our brain functions sharp.

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Wholegrains

They provide the much needed energy to the brain, to perform essential functions like concentrating and thinking. Wholegrains with low-GI supply a steady stream of glucose into the blood, which can help keep up your mental alertness. Brown wholegrain cereals, rice, pasta and granary bread are good sources of energy.

Oily Fish

Reservoirs of essential brain boosters; also known as omega-3 fatty acids, oily fishes are important addition to our diets. These nutrients are naturally occurring in fatty fishes, in form of EPA and DHA, which the body can use easily. In fact, low DHA levels have been linked to diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. EPA and DHA are important components of serotonin; a brain chemical, which helps us manage stress and avoid depression. Salmon, trout and mackerel, are some popular oily fishes.

Blueberries

Research has proven that increased consumption of blueberries can prevent short-term memory loss. They contain protective compounds or phytochemicals called anthocyanidins, which are antioxidants, helping protect brain cells against damage. The fruit is also rich in vitamin-C, which has long been thought to have the capability of increasing mental agility. Together with brain supplements, blueberries can be a huge brain booster for students and adults around the world. In fact, the berry family including fruits like raspberries and cranberries are all good for mental agility.

Eggs

Elevated levels of a compound called homocysteine have been held responsible for strokes, Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive impairment. Eggs are rich in the B-vitamins; B6, B12 and folic acid, which reduces the levels of this compound in the blood. This helps delay significant brain shrinkage activity, and has been beneficial in comparison to many other placebo treatments.

A well-rounded diet, along with useful brain health supplements, provides the brain the best chance to avoid diseases. Apart from a healthy diet, regular exercise is a must to improve cognitive functions, slow the mental aging process and release endorphins in our body. Physical fitness helps the brain process information faster.

Author: Dharmendra

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