Can eating the right foods make you smarter? Researchers say yes! In fact, recent studies prove that what you eat is one of the most powerful influences on day-to-day brain skills. Experts say the key is to fill your meals with essential nutrients to keep brain cells healthy and prevent inflammation that can cause damage to the brain. Here are four of our favorite brain-healthy foods.
- Fatty Fish
Add omega-3 rich fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines to your diet at least twice a week. Here’s why fish is important: about 40% of the fatty acids in brain cell membranes are DHA, one of the main omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil. Experts believe these fatty acids are necessary for transmitting signals between brain cells.
- Seeds, Nuts, Oils and Avocado
Not only is this group of foods tasty, but they also feature a heaping helping of the important antioxidant: vitamin E. According to Prevention magazine, researchers found that people who consumed moderate amounts of vitamin E via food, lowered their risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 67%.
Count yourself lucky if you are a fan of Thai or Indian cuisines, which feature curry. Animal studies have shown that curry’s active ingredient, curcumin, actually sweeps away Alzheimer’s-causing proteins in the brain.
It’s certainly not a chore to incorporate this treat into your healthy diet! Indulge in dark chocolate, which contains flavonoids (antioxidants) that scientists link to brain health. Others studies have shown that chocolate can help to lower blood pressure as well.