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7 Super Foods To Supercharge Your Brain

We’ve all had days when we didn’t feel like we were on our game.  It’s a total drag, but as we age, both our bodies and our brains seem to slow down.  However, by choosing super foods, we can supercharge our brain and it’s precious gray matter–for improved brain function.  Here are some brainy choices for keeping our noggins in tip-top shape.

7 Super Foods To Supercharge Your Brain

Blueberries  These beautiful blue gems have been shown to shield the brain from stress, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Research shows that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved brain function — both in learning capacity and motor skills.

Avocados  Although considered a fatty fruit, avocados contribute to healthy blood flow and decreased blood pressure, lessening the chances of developing hypertension, which can lead to a stroke.

Salmon  Deep-water fish, such as salmon, is packed full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are essential for healthy brain function.

Nuts And Seeds   There’s a reason we’re nuts about nuts!  Cashews, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower and sesame seeds, almonds and my personal favorite–the pecan– are all good sources of vitamin E, an important vitamin needed by your brain to stave off declining cognitive functions.

Whole-Grains   Whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oatmeal all contribute to a healthy brain by reducing the risk for cardiac disease.  By promoting a healthy heart and improving blood flow, the brain can use oxygen more efficiently.  Complex carbohydrates also supply the brain with a steady stream of glucose which the brain needs to function properly.

Tea  Freshly brewed tea contains antioxidants, especially the class known as catechins, which support a healthy immune system and may even help fight cancer.

Dark Chocolate  The health benefits of dark chocolate are just beginning to be understood. But evidence suggests that dark chocolate has powerful antioxidant properties, and contains several natural stimulants, all of which increase blood flow to the brain and may help with cognition, as well as enhance focus and concentration.  Dark chocolate may also encourage the production of endorphins, which can improve mood.

So if you want to make sure your little gray cells are functional at an optimal level, always include these super foods in your diet.