Research has shown that nuts and seeds can boost your brain power, while keeping your heart healthy by providing “good” fats. An added benefit to nuts and seeds is their calming effects. From the everyday nuts and seeds, like almonds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds, to the more “exotic” items like chia seeds, these little powerhouses can clear your brain, balance your mood and help you think clearer.
Blueberries are another food known for improving brain function. Research has shown that regular blueberry consumption can improve your memory and prevent free radical damage, as blueberries are rich in antioxidants.
Walnuts are one of the most powerful brain foods, and not just because they resemble the human brain! Walnuts consist of 15 to 20 percent protein and contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and vitamins E and B6, which all nourish your nervous system. A healthy nervous system makes for clearer thinking and a happier you.
Serotonin is the brain chemical that affects mood and appetite. Similar to some antidepressant medications, walnuts may be able to influence the brain’s serotonin levels, which means the side effects of antidepressant drugs may be avoided. Regular consumption of walnuts may be able to treat depression, insomnia and overeating.
Like walnuts, chia is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are also loaded with antioxidants. The seeds do not deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without turning rancid.
Chia seeds are easily digestible, allowing the nutrients to travel quickly to your body’s cells, helping to rebuild or generate healty body tissues. Chia provides sufficient protein as well, to support proper brain function. This tiny power food has a very mild flavor and can be tossed into practically anything without changing the flavor, while providing amazing food value per volume.
Research has shown, in addition to improving brain and memory function, regular consumption of blueberries has the power to reverse or slow the age-related decline in motor functions, coordination and balance.
British scientists found that having a blueberry smoothie in the morning will help boost your concentration powers in the afternoon. Blueberries may also help prevent dementia. The flavenoids found in this delectable blue fruit, help expand your blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the brain and lowering blood pressure.