There’s nothing we can do to stop the process of ageing but we can certainly soften the blow somewhat by keeping our brain in good condition. Doing the puzzles in your newspaper and shouting out the answers to TV game shows are great ways to keep your mind active but that’s not all you can do. Eating smart foods is an easy yet valuable way to keep your brain healthy for as long as possible and keep you thinking clearly until your final days. What if you’re decades away from being concerned about your brain getting old? Well, smart foods are great for boosting your concentration and memory – excellent assets for anyone in the process of studying. There are a number of different ways that various foods affect your brain but here are five that you should really consider incorporating into your diet.
All nuts are good for your brain but walnuts are king of the nuts. The great thing about this food is that you don’t need very much to get the effects of its goodness. Just a palm-sized portion per day is enough for the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to work their magic and increase your brain power – especially your powers of reasoning.
It’s always great when someone tells you something delicious is actually really healthy. Blueberries, or nature’s candies as my mother calls them, have been proven to increase memory and motor skills. They also contain important antioxidants, which combat free radicals that can wreak havoc on the body. Oh, and blueberries are good for your heart as well. Is there anything they can’t do?!
You’ve probably been told by your parents or teachers that fish is brain food. Well, I’m sorry to say they were right. The fatty acids in salmon have multiple positive effects on the body, including an increased level of serotonin (the chemical that makes you happy), better memory and a reduced risk of getting Alzheimer’s when you’re older. This is smart food at its finest.
Those lucky guys along the Mediterranean Coast certainly got it right when they decided to drizzle everything with the sweet nectar that is olive oil. This wonderful liquid food is jam-packed with antioxidants and has been proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It isn’t the best for dieting though so keep it in moderation.
If you’re a fan of Latin American food then you’re in luck because those ubiquitous beans are great for keeping your brain in ship shape. Providing you with a healthy amount of magnesium, vitamin B and antioxidants, beans work wonders for your brain and their complex makeup means that you can benefit from them for hours on end as you slowly digest them.