Research indicates that the right food can keep the brain healthy and improve mental capabilities such as concentration, memory, reaction times and so on. Here are 7 foods that are good for your brain.
Broccoli : A great source of vitamin K which is known to enhance cognitive function and improve brainpower.
Blueberries : Possibly one of the best brain foods. They have been linked to reduced risk of Alzheimers and have been shown to improve learning ability and motor skills.
Tomatoes : There is good evidence to suggest that lycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes, could help protect against the kind of free radical damage to cells which occurs in the development of dementia, particularly Alzheimer's.
Pumpkin seeds : A handful a day is all you need to get your recommended daily amount of zinc, vital for enhancing memory and thinking skills.
Oily fish : The essential omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines, are high in DHA, fatty acid crucial to the health of our nervous system. Low DHA levels have been linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. Fish also contains iodine, which is thought to improve mental clarity.
Nuts : A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that a good intake of vitamin E might help to prevent poor memory. Nuts are a great source of vitamin E along with leafy green vegetables, seeds, eggs, brown rice and wholegrains.
Wholegrain food : Walk into a room and forget why you're there? Forget already what this article's about? Make sure you're eating a diet rich in a mix of wholegrain foods such as cereals, wheatbran, wheatgerm and wholewheat pasta. One study found that women who increased their folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 intake showed an improvement in recalling information compared to women who were not taking a supplement.