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21 March 2018


Research has shown that our diet has a big impact on the way we look and feel. Recent studies have also demonstrated that eating certain foods can help to prevent memory loss, provide energy and even boost your IQ. Check out some of these amazing brain boosting superfoods and their effects. 

Walnuts
Walnuts provide plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and they help to alleviate depression as well as a number of other types of mental disorders. If you are feeling down or simply want a boost, adding a few walnuts to your cereal in the morning could help.

Tuna
Tuna fish is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that help the brain to focus and retain information more easily. Make yourself a tuna sandwich or use tuna in a salad as a healthy lunchtime treat to really reap the benefits of this super food. 

Avocados
Avocados have a rich and creamy flesh that is packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamins C, E, K and B6 as well as calcium, copper, folic acid, iron, magnesium and phosphorus potassium. The type of cholesterol that is found in avocados provides a real boost to the brain, especially when eaten fresh in salads.

Blueberries
Blueberries have been shown to have a positive effect on memory and learning and it has even been suggested that this delicious fruit could help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This powerful anti-stress food helps the brain to focus and should be eaten fresh alone or with yoghurt and cereal. Other types of berries such as cherries, goji berries and cranberries have also been shown to have similar effects, although blueberries are by far the most powerful. 

Coffee
If you think that you have to cut out the coffee to be healthy, think again. Believe it or not, coffee is actually good for your brain in moderation, because it contains fibre that aids the body’s cardiovascular system, making you work more efficiently. Studies also indicate that coffee strengthens the synapses in the brain that are associated with special memory. Espresso beans also make a great energy boosting snack between meals. 

Green Beans
The large amount of fibre and protein that is provided by green beans make them the ideal supplement for vegans and vegetarians. Beans contain properties that stabilise mood and lower blood pressure. They also provide the brain with a slow and steady release of glucose, which means that if you eat a portion of green beans in the morning you will have plenty of energy all day long.

Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains a high level of antioxidant properties that are actually good for overall health. Chocolate is also known for its ability to boost serotonin levels in the brain, which helps to alleviate depression, at least temporarily, and keep people feeling good. The caffeine in chocolate works in the same way as coffee by providing an extra energy boost when it is needed. 

These are just a few of the amazing types of food that can be eaten to give your brain a boost. Next time you need to be sharp and focused try combining some of these super foods and you are sure to be on top form.

The information in this article intended as general advice only. If you or your family members require medical advice or have any medical concerns, please contact your GP

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