Food is fuel. It gives us energy and keeps us running day in and day out. It is of the utmost importance for our physical well-being and just as vital for our often overlooked mental health as well. There are certain foods that really take the cake in improving and sustaining mental health, unfortunately cake is not one of them.
Particularly blueberries and strawberries have a lot to offer your brain. As antioxidants, berries are jam-packed with nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties that stave off the negatives associated with stress and general inflammation. Berries also work to improve and delay short term memory loss.
Especially the oily variety! Oily fish are one of the foods that contain the most omega-3 fatty acids of EPA and DHA naturally, which allows for easy intake. Studies have shown that people low in EPA and DHA are more likely to develop problems with cognition later in life.
This popular vegetable deserves all the hype that parents have been putting on it for years. Kids everywhere and all humans in general should be finishing their broccoli. This super green is loaded with vitamin K, a huge player in the battle against dementia.
Walnuts, peanuts, and almonds are leading the way of the nut pack for mental well-being. Walnuts are another great source of omega-3s, very rich in DHA. Peanuts are high in niacin, an organic compound important to a healthy diet. Niacin deficiencies correlate to development of Alzheimer’s. Last but certainly not least almonds are chalk full of vitamin E, which is has been widely linked to cognitive enhancement.
Although eggs often get a bad rap for being high in cholesterol, they are also high in a very beneficial nutrient chemical called choline. The brain is largely composed of acetylcholine, a chemical messenger of memories, which is largely composed of choline. In fact, many Alzheimer’s drugs work to mimic acetylcholine in order to improve patients’ memories.
This short list of powerful brain foods has quite the variety so don’t be afraid to mix them -into your daily intake! Get your mental well-being on track and healthy for the future!