Best Foods for Your Brain

December 04, 2013

We could all use a little brain boost, especially at such a hectic time of year. Find out some of the best foods for brain health here...

At a time of year when hectic can be used to describe most of our schedules, it’s important that we stay focused and remember all of the tasks that we need to accomplish. SupermarketGuru has pulled together some of our favorite brain foods (and tips) to help keep you sharp and not forgetting all of the items on your list.

Eggs: Whether hard-boiled, scrambled or sunny side up, eggs are a great meal or snack. Eggs are rich in choline, a vitamin-like substance (also plentiful in bacon, nuts, yogurt, chicken and more) which helps promotes memory and brain development. In fact, a study recently published by researchers at the University of North Carolina demonstrated that choline helps fetuses develop regions of the brain linked to memory.

Healthy Fats: Healthy fats help “cushion” the brain; in fact 60 percent of your brain is made up of fat. Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for the brain and eyes (deficiency can lead to anxiety and depression). Avocados are another great fat, as well as coconut, flax, chia and hemp seeds (which are full of fiber as well).

Whole Grains: Whole grains are great – most notably oats. Getting your oats in a not so sweet granola is a great way to eat more whole grains. Whole grains in general contain phytonutrients, folate and B vitamins that boost memory.

Lean and Clean Protein: Choosing protein sources that are raised humanely and fed a proper diet, or pastured are your best bets. Protein is great to pair with whole grains and can help us feel full longer, avoiding a sharp drop in blood sugar which is a sure energy and brain drain.  Ask your local butcher about how you meat was raised.

Berries: Studies show that those with the highest intake of blueberries and/or strawberries demonstrated about one and half to two and half years of delays in cognitive aging; i.e. thinking, remembering, and reasoning. Researchers think it could be the flavonoids, which are plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids are also found in other food and drinks such as citrus fruits, tea, red wine, and onions.  How much do you need to keep your brain sharp? Just a half-cup of blueberries or two half-cup servings of strawberries a week.

Filtered Water: Dehydration can lead to fatigue, fogginess, and more, so drinking plenty of water is crucial to keeping concentration and energy levels high.

Now that you know some of the best foods and tips for brain health… don’t forget to make a shopping list!